New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) Celebrated painter and sculptor, Paresh Maity believes water colours is one of the most difficult and rare forms of expression in art, since there is not much scope for “rectification”. Also Read - West Bengal: 13 Dead in Road Accident Due to Fog in Jalpaiguri District

The artist whose first tryst with the medium was as a boy of eight in his native village of Tamluk in West Bengal, has chronicled his artistic career spanning over 41 years as a painter in an ongoing exhibition here. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

“I started painting with water colours when I was 8 years old on papers in school notebooks using water colours, since it was the easiest and the cheapest medium available. Also Read - Will Never Bow My Head Before BJP, Says Mamata Banerjee, Calls Saffron Party More Dangerous Than Maoists

“But later on I discovered that it is the most difficult medium to express, since there is no scope of rectification…

it’s simply like, either you succeed or fail,” says Maity.

Titled, “World of Watercolours”, the exhibition curated by Art Alive gallery is a retrospective on Maity’s incomparable command on watercolours and features a collection of artworks painted between 1976 and 2017.

“Once you paint with water colours, you realise there are several limitations like that of the size of the paper you use. Most importantly you can not use white pigments… it’s just unpainted white surface of a paper which serves as a source of light.

“That is the reason it is becoming a rare medium of art because it requires a lot of practise and devotion to achieve perfection,” he says.

The artworks in vibrant colours are reminiscent of his childhood days. One of the paintings made in 1976 portrays a ferry beside lake Roopnarayan in his village.

“It was the ferry which people used to cross the lake back in my village,” he says.

Maity began his rendezvous with art by making clay toys, and gradually shifted to water colours and other mediums to expand the expression of his artistic capabilities.

The artist gets nostalgic while remembering his “challenging” journey and the hard work he had to put in becoming the painter he is.

“Since I belonged to a middle class family I did not have much money to pursue my passion. My first interaction with art while seeing the artisans making idols for Durga puja in West Bengal.

“I started off by making clay toys — like pigeons, peacocks, snakes and birds which I used to sell in my village to support my education and passion. Nature has always been an inspiration for my art,” says the 52-year-old artist. (MORE)

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