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Chandra Bhanu Gupta

Chandra Bhanu Gupta

 Chandra Bhanu was just eight years old. One bright summer morning he was fiddling with some paints and a brush. He took some black colour on his brush and stroked it upon an area on paper where he had earlier put some white. The two colours got mixed up somewhat on the paper area and he got amazed by the effect. It was an overwhelming experience.

That was the beginning.  In his words -

Ten years back you would have found me using material paints on just paper or canvas.  My experience in using the computer gradually started opening up an altogether different area where I found that digital paints could be used just and just like material paints with amazing effects!!!!! I told myself that this is the21st century and at this age we must use all that is there at our disposal to take art more and more ahead. Now I think that it is always the end product that really matters. So I started using manual and digital methods together in tandem to produce new styles. Here it won't be out of place to mention that to produce digital art, just in the very same way we produce manual art, it requires considerable expertise in the basic areas like composition, perspective, form, dimension, depth and the like. Most of my recent paintings are a combination of manual and digital techniques or purely digital.

Once the painting styles are developed, efforts must surely be given to practice and reproduce artworks in such styles purely manually. That is for the future.

However I have not given up working upon canvas or paper. So I may again go back solely to pure manual art creation in future. When, that only time can tell. 

If we want to improve upon what Camille Pissaro, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Henri Lautrec, Paul Gauguin,  Francisco de Goya and above all Vincent van Gogh have given us, we need to do something different. We need to use everything that is there at our disposal because it is not an easy task. We can only try. Never give up!!!!!! We may fail. But no harm giving it a try, to enrich art.

My paintings are more inclined towards a mixture of fauvism and expressionism, where painting qualities and bright colours play a very big role on one side, and presenting the world solely from a subjective perspective by distorting it radically for unconventional, emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas, and also by deviating somewhat from the physical reality on the other side. The viewers' mind is of paramount importance.  An aesthetic feeling for the eternal sublime should be ignited in the viewers' mind when he is viewing the piece of artwork. This is most important. An artwork must have an universal appeal, not just be the research object of a handful of connoisseurs.

My art is purely characterized as a reaction to positivism. This positivism evolves out of nature, the light, the sky, the air, the water and the earth. Nature is my prime inspiration where I equate all natural forces with the grace of God. I presume they are one and the same. That way the Divine soul of God is my ultimate inspiration and my works are my offerings to the Almighty God, through the hearts of viewers.