Artist : Dhiren Sasmal
Title : Night Owl
Medium : Acrylic with pen&ink on canvas
Size : 18" x 24"
Year : 2008
Born on 2nd January 1953, Dhiren Sasmal has been working steadily since then as artist, designer and illustrator, his immense talent and mastery over his medium leading him to win awards in every sphere of artistic activity, be it applied or fine art. His paintings can be found in galleries and collections in India, Australia, U.S.A., U.K., Belgium, France and Germany.
Sasmal is a meditative painter, with a mastery over more than one style. His works are diverse, his colours and style reflecting the structure of the source, be it Bengal folk-art or European expressionism. He often disintegrates forms, makes them geometrical and then breaks the form, yet there remains an integration in the formal structure.
This haunting image of a night owl is done in his early vintage style, where he appears to be daubing paint randomly, yet creates a perfectly structured piece with a final wash and light cross-hatching.