Interview: Prolay Kundu
Luca Curci talks with Prolay Kundu during Venice International Art Fair 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space
I was born in Kolkata and studied at RKSS Vidyalaya and later at Scottish Church collegiate school in Kolkata. I was seven years old when I took my first art lesson at the primary school level. After school I pursued science in Bangabashi college. Later I got admission in the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. And graduated from there in visual arts. Since then I have been practicing art and exhibiting my art works since 1980. Presently I am experimenting with visual arts. Since my artistic career, nurturing environment and human and their inner beauty reflected in my art works. My recent works have an appeal and possess a flavour of my psychological reflection. The silhouette images or the forms are the language of my paintings which paradoxically reflect my spontaneous expressions. The firm contour gives a special effect and strength to their presentation. As a medium, acrylic is one of my favourites, it gives a translucent effect and creates a vivid texture whether on canvas or paper.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Prolay Kundu – Art to me, is a vision of the beauty of all things around us and the ability to express and communicate such vision to others. The trained artists visually can express this feeling and expression. As famous artist Renoir said…… “When a painter discovers this hidden treasure, other people immediately exclaim it’s beauty. “
LC – Which subject are you working on?
PK – An artist’s creation is universal and immortal, with nature as its agent of replenishment. I feel the same. Ever since I started my career as an artist, my continuous experimentation with correlation of human and nature is reflected in my work. The inherent relation between humanity and nature is more interesting to me and I delve into it. I try to depict human values, agony, dream, love and peace, and this has enriched my artistic and intellectual quest. My recent works have an appeal and possess a flavour of my psychological reflection.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
PK – Nature has aroused a feeling of awe in me, thus providing with a strong impetus which becomes evident in my work. There is no doubt that Nature, The Devine Force of Creation is a great inspiration to me and all creative aspects has conscious or unconscious love to express my ideas on paper or canvas or anything. Since early days of my Art College life I have been drawn to the reflection of water, nature, the vibration of light and shade, village life, railway engine and it’s smoky surroundings, and optimistic view of my city of Kolkata and it’s lifestyle.
LC – What is your creative process like?
PK – My impressionistic and apparently abstract works of acrylic on canvas or any surface is very appealing and interesting to me. The silhouette images or the forms are the language of my paintings which paradoxically reflect my spontaneous expressions. The firm contour gives a special effect and strength to their presentation by juxtaposing human figure which is symbol of trust or faith. As a medium, presently acrylic is one of my favorites, it gives a translucent effect and creates a vivid texture whether on canvas or on paper.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PK – Nowadays artists all over the world always doing experiment on art. The expression of visual arts changed a lot, be it so Performance Art, Site specific art, Vedio Art, Installation art, 3-D Art, or any other types of Art. In present scenario Artists have lot of freedom to express their thought process , and language of visual arts has been changed.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
PK – Really this international Art Festival inspired me very much, because international Artists congregation , association and participation is very important here for the festival. The exchange of various International Artist of repute from different countries and their artistic and intellectual views are expressed in this Art Fair.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
PK – My recent works have been exhibited in this Art Fair is my preexisting work. Experimentation and my art practices is a continuous process in my studio, this painting one of them.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
PK – This is my first participation in this event, and I believe this is an up-to-date Art Organisation which can organise such an event in a big scale.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
PK – Yes I would like to be associated and collaborated with you in your forthcoming event. I feel, till now services are good, though I am unable to be present in the Art Fair personally due to Covid-19 problem all over and my country India too. One point I would like to mention that, participation in the fair was little expensive for me, I felt. If my painting will be sold or you will be able to sell , then it will be a great inspiration to me, and it will be boosting to join your coming events.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
PK – Yes, ITSLIQUID Group definitely giving an opportunity and a very good platform for an Artist to present their creativity. I hope, I shall get more chance to participate in your art fairs,
exhibitions or such event. If complementary participation offered, I shall remain thankful to you.