Samir Sarkar (b 1969)
Born in Agra in 1969 he says, “All my paintings have people wearing some headgear that has a face painted on them. This depicts the double-faced nature of people. Like we see in most profession where one wears uniform, like a policeman, a nurse, an army personnel or the Pope. One wears headgear to go with it as well. To me it is the depiction of the fact that we always wear a face that is different from the real one we have. It is like a face we have to put up to suit the personality we want to project which is always different from the real one.”
For the past 25 years, acrylic color has been the main medium for his paintings. After doing the line drawing on paper or canvas, a layer of acrylic is used like tempera on it. Then slowly the subjects and people are given shape using more layers of color. “Since I use fast color, it gives a definite brightness to the figures. My figures have a definite inspiration from Egyptian paintings, thus the figures are drawn in the same form, the clothes that they wear have long lines making them look taller and in a way Egyptian. Most of my paintings are on 42½ x 48½ size which takes about 100 hours.” — he says.
His paintings, in a way are people he lives with. They give him inspiration to produce more, to experiment more and thus to create his own world with them. he depicts ,”It’s my world that I want the world to see.View 4rm different eyes ArtSpottr’s interview series: Unheard Story about exceptional Artists. They say every artwork has a story, but if you look at Samir Sarkar’s work, it’s like poetry written with colors.” Using strong visual elements and bright colors, his artwork makes you want to just sit on your couch and get lost in the fantasy world.
Traveling like a dreamer: With his dad being in the army, Samir remembers having to change cities time and again during his childhood. While most teenage would hate relocation because they have to leave their friends behind, move to a new school and start life all over again, but not Samir. Being a dreamer since a young age, to him the pleasure of traveling and seeing new cities was too strong to regret leaving the old behind. Relocating from one army base to another, allowed him to explore many cities and its culture, while feeding the budding artist inside him. Each city that he lived-in, helped him grow his visual experiences, picking up bits and pieces before he moved along.
Also, according to Samir, “Traveling so much as a kid forced me to get better at communication and understanding human behavior.” This exposure to different cities and its culture has paid him good dividend, because it has allowed his work to connect with the people and reflect on the society we live in.
Where it all started:“When I was in 8th standard, I had a classmate called Raju who was brilliant at art. His work fascinated me. It made me wonder how he could use simple stokes to make beautiful artwork that brimmed with life.” Inspired by his young friend, Samir started on his own artistic journey as a little curious kid looking for a medium to tell his stories. While he started learning by himself, living in Kolkata, West Bengal, he happened to be residing in the vicinity of some leading Indian artists. Persistent to learn and improve his work, as a teenager, he would simply land up at their house, asking for advice and suggestions to improve his work. His dedication paid off and he joined a diploma of visual art program at the Academy of Fine Arts (Kolkata). Soon after that he was doing solo shows and exhibitions, building his own signature style.