Bose, Indian/American (1934 - 2007)
Arun Bose, born in Dacca , now Bangladesh
, Arun Bose recieved his training at the Goverment College of
Art & Craft , Calcutta and also at the Ecole Superieur des Beaux
Arts , Paris . He was also awarded a rockefeller Scholarship
to the U.S.A . Bose has held solo exhibitions in Calcutta ,
Chile and New York and his work can be found in the Academy
of Fine Arts , Calcutta and the National Gallery of Modern Art
, New Delhi .
An artist of Indian origin,
Arun Bose lives and works in New York. His images of deserted
old buildings with courtyards, terraces with occasional peacocks,
or their shadows silhouetted against old walls seem haunted
by memories of medieval India. He uses layers of paints, which
he occasionally rubs with a rag dipped in alcohol to achieve
the texture of old worn stones. The charm of Bose's paintings
however, lies in their smooth lacquer-like finish and immaculate
craftsmanship. Set against a flat burnished background, the
architecture - illuminated by a steady golden light that streaks
across the picture from some low-lying source - casts deep shadows
and evokes a sense of mystery. In Bose's own words in the Christian
Science Monitor, 'Shadow is much more mysterious than life.
If I see life, I see everything. But if I see shadow, only the
silhouette - the rest you imagine. I like mystery'.