A SEARCH IN STROKES

Art is all about ‘ expressing oneself’. It is a journey made in tints and chromes. Sailing through the splashes of numerous shades, the artist sets off in search of alternate meanings that can be drawn from the simplest of observations or perhaps to hold it up in a new light. In order to do so, artists may resort to any theme – be it realistic, conceptual or abstract, or any other form which they think would pull off their concepts in the best way possible. Again, the techniques used in artworks also enhance the concepts and add density to the meaning. For instance, the bold strokes of the brush impart a texture that gives off a sense of confidence and surety; while the light-handed ones leave a sense of softness and fragility. The brilliant sweeps of palette knives mostly seen in oil or acrylic paintings add a feel of richness to it, in addition to complementing the light strokes. Thus, it can be said that apart from the concepts, elements, and colors, the techniques used also play an active role in defining a painting as it adds textures, compliments the hues, and also to a certain extent expresses the emotion behind it.

The paintings that we present here are the works of Miss. Nibedita Kalita from Guwahati Assam. She has completed her graduation in Fine Arts from Government College of Art and Crafts, Assam, in 2019 and is currently experimenting with different artworks and techniques. She plans to work as a professional artist in the upcoming years.

The artworks that we have collected are each based on different themes and as such radiates a vibe that is unique to it. Inspiration is the prerequisite for any kind of Art. When asked about her inspiration, Miss Nibedita said- “ Nature is my biggest source of inspiration. A lot can be learned from it. I observe things in nature and try to give it a new angle or perhaps incorporate it in my concepts”. She adds that she has been working in strokes for some time now but she loves experimenting with other techniques too. Furthermore, deviating from the typical realistic genre, she chooses to express her concepts in her own way. She breaks the form of the elements in her artworks but ensures that the ‘ expression’ which the painting hosts is not lost.

This picture displays the view of a paddy field. The painting is done in strokes with acrylic colors. Shining in yellow, the open paddy fields evokes the feeling of freedom. Fine – detailing has been avoided here to impart a certain amount of vagueness to it. The hills at the distance add a sense of perspective to the painting.


The second picture is concept based. Banana leaves are considered to be auspicious in the Assamese culture and are used in many auspicious celebrations like marriages, religious ceremonies, etc. The artist here chooses the banana leaf to symbolize a bride on her wedding day. The bowing leaves in
the picture resemble the veil of the bride. The warm tones of yellow and red in the painting symbolize the joy and happy aura of a wedding.


The third picture is the one where the artist breaks the form of the elements and tries to give it her own touch. Grey is the dominant color here which has been used purposefully to give the picture a gloomy feel. If we observe carefully, we will find that black portion displays the silhouette of a cow, while the white portions resemble the wheels of a cart and a plough. The underlying concept is that – Cattles are loved and cared for, by the farmers but yet, they are subjected to hard labor all day long and they have no choice but to silently endure the pain.


The fourth picture tries to illustrate a middle-aged man or perhaps a fatherly figure from a middle-class family, who has spent a good number of years in the same pair of ‘Chappals’ and carrying the same white bag to the market. Busy taking care of others, he has quite forgotten about himself. The clocks here have been used to indicate the passage of time.

The fifth picture here is an ‘on the spot’ painting. The entire painting has been done using palette knives which gives it a rich texture. Instead of making it realistic, the artist chose to present it in a different style.


In contemporary times, conceptual and abstract art has gained wide popularity in the “World of Art”. However, the ‘general people’ are not yet accustomed to such types of art and usually avoid thinking in details about it and therefore often fail to notice the beauty of it. Miss Nibedita says- “It is sad that now-a-days people do not want to analyze things in depth. It would have been a lot nicer if
people were more receptive and eager to know about artworks.”

Each painting has a world of its own which is ready to reveal its beauty if we spare a little time to appreciate it.