Photos & text: Aakriti Art Gallery
Sudip Roy’s works include pencil sketches, water colours, charcoals and a heady series of landscapes. Roy over the years mastered the art of using watercolour and moved from landscapes to studies of architectural facades of historic temples and monuments.
His journey reminds us that abstraction requires a special technique in painting. His large canvases, with their chromatic orchestrations as well as lyrical splotches of paint are eloquent testimonies to his technical expertise.
Roy seems to have been excited by the prospect of a passably pure, toughly modest aestheticism that jettisoned the traditions of realism. However, looking at these works it is clear that he takes comfort and delight in carefully coalescing colours, while finding newer ways to create. For him, abstraction is akin to finding his own haven; it is the unravelling of the melancholia within, a meandering flow of the prism of an innate character.
This collection of paintings, called Odyssey, the artist has titled all the canvases according to different times of the day — representing temporal markers of the exact hour of their creation.