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Barun Chowdhury
Barun Chowdhury-Monart Gallerie - Indian Artists Gallery Barun did a Diploma Course in Painting from the Bangiya Sangeet Parishad, Kolkata in 1989. In 1991 he went on to get his BVA in Painting from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata University, Kolkata in 1996. He completed his Masters in Graphics from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1999.

"I am only concerned about what I want to do and therefore use my visual language (be it painting, posters or illustrations or any other form) freely to maximise the effect of my work"

Whether one calls Barun a painter or printmaker is irrelevant to him for what is of significance is the end product. Be the medium be painting, sketching or serigraphy or even 3 dimensional, these are just a means for the artist to put down his ideas in a visual format. Each of the artists work have visual appeal at the first sight and if looked at deeper, one may notice its message, most often a critique of today's socio-political scenario.

His works continuously reflect his ideas on the present socio political situation and the change and perpetual transition of life and ones surroundings leads to the common mans confusion regarding his very purpose of survival. Narratives are often in a storyboard type presentation. Entire canvases are segregated into boxes, which indicate different time frames and the non-existence of permanency. Most importantly this is also an indication of the artistís belief that "Reality is not what it appears to be from the outside"

Barun has always favoured realistic imagery, staying away from the abstract with the opinion that the viewers, the common man has a greater chance of relating to and identifying with the realistic images in his works. He uses popular and kitsch images in abundance in a continuous endeavour to maintain 'Indianness' in his works, which is not just traditional but our modern cosmopolitan culture is a combination of Indian culture and modernity. And this Indianness becomes an integral part of the artists thought process.

Barun also uses images of himself as a symbol of the common man. Being born in Khelar, a village in West Bengal, the artist finds it easy to identify himself with the rural people who form a major part of the country's population.

Barun, as an artist desires to fulfil what he believes to be his duty as an artist, to transport the viewer into the realm of his perception of the world today. His works are in the form of a realistic dialogue and the choice of media depends solely on its ability to achieve the desired effect for the particular subject. The artist has worked in several fundamental media like watercolours, oils, acrylics, pencil, pastels and also in the 3 dimensional using moulds, mirrors and glass. Serigraphy remains to be one of Barun's favourite media. It allows the artist to place any image anywhere, a freedom unavailable in some of the other media. Though the artist does have a preconceived plan this allows him to make changes even later on.

The artist resides and works in Baroda.
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