EXHIBITION - TOLD UNTOLD
Told Untold by Samir Aich Curator’s note by Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya There’s only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad — Salvador Dali These lines haunt me when I see the surrealistic rendering of crippled society on Samir Aich’s canvases. From primordial to now, paradise to perdition, divine or the godless, virtuous or evil — the paintings are vessels of powerful ideas born out of dilemmas spawned by the collision of these real yet strange forces, the colours ignited by the transition of time. Paradoxically, the expression of his thoughts is as compelling as the seeming urgency to obliterate them in a swipe. Yet, Samir Aich’s subjects conjure the very real struggles that we experience in the loop of indestructible creation. The primitive beasts that repeatedly show up in his paintings are scathing brooders overseeing humanity’s self-imposed wounds from time immemorial. The artist’s hollow men have no wants or desires of their own, yet they are out to snuff out the last filament of thought, feeling or joy left in the world — they betray the underlying psychology of the artist’s perception of society. Perhaps, it’s not possible to detoxify society. But the toxins can be clearly delineated. So, we see these impressive essays that mirror the artist’s clear-eyed views. Somehow, they lift our senses even in a heap of twisted pain. Aich skillfully presents humanity’s savage instincts through his subjects. The structure and layout of his paintings create a deliberate drama that metaphorizes society. In 1937, Picasso had said about his painting, Guenica: ‘A painting is not made to decorate apartments. It is an offensive and defensive weapon against the enemy.” The architecture of Samir Aich’s paintings seems to support that sentiment. I am as drawn to his portrayals of a bed in a concentration camp or the howling void of a hospital amid a pandemic, as I am to the scorched, bare-bodied beings that peep out of fissures. The emperor’s throne wobbles on a chessboard; a lascivious creature recoils in the glare of fearless eyes; a grievously-wounded Jatayu lies on the floor — these are not just eloquent tropes. They force us to question our permanent state of defeat, wonder how many more blows we can take. So, I see these paintings in a different light altogether. Samir Aich’s paintings hurl tough questions at the viewer on behalf of the exploited, people whose dreams have been crushed. By bluntly projecting cruel power in the form of a famished leopard, slobbering tongue out, in a swarm of humans, the artist is saying, ‘Emperor, where are your clothes?’ The artist’s paintings remind me of Peter Paul Reubens’ Consequences of War. Also, of Salvador Dali’s The Face of War; and John Nash’s Over the Top. My mind goes back to Francisco Goya’s The Third of May, 1808 or even Umberto Boccioni’s Charge of the Lancers. It also transports me to Samir Aich’s own painting on the battle at Kurukshetra. The danse macabre does not weigh me down, rather its stinging beauty exhilarates.
The Mother And Children
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 12 x 15.7 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Vulgarity Of Humanity
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 12 x 15.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Violin
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 8.5 x 19 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Leaving Behind
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 12 x 14.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Wave Of The Life
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 8 x 19.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Existence
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 8 x 11.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Love And Hatred
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 12 x 17.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
In Front Of The Door
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 11.5 x 16 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Dinner At Night
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 11.5 x 15.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
After The Storm
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 11.8 x 17.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Greed And The Cloud
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 11.5 x 15.3 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Dinner
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 9 x 18.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Life In Dark
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 11.8 x 17.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Fallen Birds
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 11 x 22.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Fallen Dream
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 9 x 19.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Animal And The Woman
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 12 x 15.8 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Protest
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 12 x 17.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Share Markets
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 12 x 17.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
City Life
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 15.8 x 11.9 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Life Basket
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2021
Size: 16 x 12 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Cat In Black
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2018
Size: 52 x 40 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Flying Bird At Night
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 47.5 x 36 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
The Cleopatra
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2018
Size: 54 X 40 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Leisure Time
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 47.5 x 35.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request
Empty Bed
Alinda
Artist: SAMIR AICH
Album: Told Untold
Year: 2022
Size: 35.5 x 47.5 Inch
Medium: Dry pastel, acrylic, conte, pen, ink and brush on acid free Fabriano paper.
Price: INR Price on request