Avijit Ghosh comes from the Indian state of West Bengal which has a unique and long heritage in literature, music, dance, films, fine arts, cuisine or weaving.
This young artist who settled in Paris about eight years ago bears this wonderful heritage that he is mixing with Western topics and his painting work is highly representative of that fusion of cultures where mythology, religion and art history meet, interact and answer one another.
Red Halo wanted to present the work of Avijit Ghosh as we share the same vision and values of unity and love through showing what is common in most of the cultures in order to understand and respect the differences.
As the world becomes more and more intolerant it is important to highlight such artist who carries a peaceful and loving message to society, besides the undeniable qualities of his work whether it be the technique, the composition or the duality between classical and contemporary expression give us the image of a genuine painter and of a very singular and special artist.
Avijit Ghosh has many projects, in addition to pursuing his career as a fashion and textile designer he would like to open a multicultural center in Paris in order to make a bridge between artists from any fields in India and France and of course make more painting exhibitions in Art galleries in both countries.
Red Halo will give updates regarding his exhibitions but in the meantime you may visit his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/AvijitAndRetroSynthesis
Contact Avijit Ghosh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Captions to the above illustrations:
“Story of The Basket” – Technique : Gouache/Tempera – Size : 55 x 70 cm. In our human civilization we have several equalities or similarities proving that we all come from the same part and we can see that through the mythology whether we are from different culture, geography or religion. This painting is inspired from that point of view with Moses, Jesus and Krishna who share a similar story of birth, Moses being born and hidden inside a basket on the Nile river then found by a princess, Jesus born in a stable then put in a basket of crush, Krishna born but shifted to some other place in a basket on Basudeva’s head (his father) carrying him away to some other place in order to save his life. This three characters teach us lifestyle by their lesson, Moses gave the Ten Commandments, Jesus gave the New Testament and Krishna gave the Bhagavat Gita which are bearing a similar equality to the whole civilization.
“Last Supper” – Technique : Gouache/Tempera – Size : 55 x 70 cm. This painting is inspired by the Last Supper, when Jesus and his twelve followers shared a last supper and ate together as he was quite sure to be crucified the next day. Here Jesus is painted in the form where he is going to meet the supreme light and leave his body. The twelve followers try to keep him with them by materialistic attraction like food, cloth, property and comfort which are the attraction of human life, but Jesus wants to leave this materialistic attraction. Krishna welcomes him as a friend in that eternal world.
“The Birth of Saraswati” – Technique : Gouache/Tempera – Size : 55 x 70 cm This painting is inspired by Michelangelo’s fresco “The Creation of Adam”, Jesus and Krishna represent two different cultures and welcome each other in order to start a new one. This is the time to give birth to a new multicultural culture, a mix of human civilizations beyond any culture, religion, language or society for human equality. Goddess Saraswati, symbol of education, art and culture and Lord Ganesha symbol of success are there to bring success to this new born culture.
“We are same” – Technique : Gouache /Tempera – Size : 55 x 70 cm. This painting is inspired by the concept that God is one and eternal, at the beginning of humanity humans did several mistakes, became confused and asked God for a solution. Adam and Eva were punished and had to leave the Garden of Eden after eating the apple, symbol of knowledge and education. They ate that apple because of the snake, the apple is the symbol of good and the snake evil. Our human life is always surrounded by good and bad confusing and misguiding us. Each time humans try to find several solutions to overcome the badness and to build religion under the umbrella of God where he always answers that he is one and eternal. In the painting Jesus and Vishnu are the symbols of that equality in one facing Adam and Eve symbols of human civilization surrounded by good and evil.
“Father and Child” – Technique : Gouache/Tempera – Size : 50 x 75 cm. This painting is inspired by the Parisian lonely life. A lonely father needs company and he is confused between having a child (baby symbol) or an animal (dog symbol) in his life, a metaphor for Parisian individuality and stress. The baby is the symbol of Jesus when he received gifts from the three Magi kings when he was born, these gifts mean birth, life and death. In the painting these three characters are represented by Krishna, Jesus and Buddha (The three Masters). Buddha’s gift is a lotus in his hand, symbol of birth, Krishna is playing flute, symbol of joy for life and Jesus carries a black cat in his side bag, symbol of death. On the top of the man’s head stands an angel, symbol of thinking and on the right stands Ardhanarishva, a composite androgynous form of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati, united symbol of male and female nature (a father has also the nature of a mother) and on the right side a warrier is riding a horse, symbol of the human nature. Humans are born to be protected.