Provenance : From the private collection of a Mumbai based collector, acquired from the artist
Arunanshu Chowdhury was born in West Bengal in 1969. He completed his bachelors and masters from the Faculty of Fine Arts at M.S.University, Baroda.
Arunanshu Chowdhury explores the theme of historical memory portraying his subjects across multiple mediums such as acrylic on canvas, marble dust on fiberglass, and watercolor. His works are a reaction to the violent nature of society and emanate a feeling of intense vulnerability. Heavily influenced by the politics of current times, Chowdhury uses his art as a means of expressing his anguish at the frivolous nature of contemporary society.
The motif of a rickshaw is a recurrent part of his work which serves as a metaphorical spectator, observing and mocking the unnatural facades and consuming pressures of the world around him. His recent works explore the effects of technology on the new generation and draw a parallel between traditions and modernism. According to Arunanshu his art is created, “by juxtaposing several images, creating movement and a haze of memories, I have tried to animate the jumble of life, the fast pace, and the imposition of material things in my recent work.” He has also experimented with creating large scale sculptures as public art.
Arunanshu Chowdhury has held several solo shows in India and internationally and has been a recipient of The Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation Award (Canada) and the Ravi Jain Foundation Award (New Delhi), both in 1995.