Artist Profile

Oinam Dilip

Oinam Dilip

His works more often than not deal with mythology and narratives. His high drama and vibrant works effectively do justice to these themes and narratives. His colour palatte is earthy, invested in bold reds and coppery browns which lend shape and from to iconic and larger than life figures on the canvas. A solitary female figure , whether it be a child or a woman, stolidly holding ground can be seen as a favoured figural form in most of his works. The silent staring figures seem to invite as much as dissuade gazes. They could inhabit a whole complex of meanings like  the multi-layered, complex and painstaking treatments further enhance the element of drama in his works.  His works depend on such treatment as much as the apparent spareness of form.

Untitled. Dilip
Untitled 1. Dilip
 
Sandeep Jigdung

Sandeep Jigdung

He works closely tie with his experiences of his place and situation. The vivid and dominating greens in his canvas can almost be considered as a tribute to his vision and impression of the North-East. His towering bamboo grooves which seem to dwarf all and sundry in his works are definitive makers of his experience as a young boy growing amonsgt the verdant landscape of Shillong. HIs paintings then both testify to his nostalgia for his home and his need to relive through the various motifs, values and motifs that he has culled. Unlike the nineteenth century  scientific drawings of the flora and fauna undertaken by the colonial enterprise which was more to do with control, oppression and training the native,the artists vision in stark contrast offers a respectful and sensitive treatment of nature.

My Native. Sandeep
Untitled. Sandeep
 
Dinabhandu Marndi

Dinabhandu Marndi

He is deeply implicated in the humanistic project of articulating the human experience through his choice of materials and creative input. He uses photo ink to render senstitve portraits of this experience. His realistic depiction of people and faces becomes not just about exactitude and craft but also how his particular use of colours  draw out and elucidate the finer nuances of the human condition especially in the margins in his portrayal of children and women.He take on art is said to have a semi-autobigraphical resonance, he is believed to draw from his memories and experiences growing up in rural Orissa to articulate his humanistic view of life at the margins.

Untitled. Dinabhandu
Untitled 1. Dinabhandu
 
Adarsh Sinha

Adarsh Sinha

He believes in art having the capacity to express both nature and the spiritual. His artworks are mostly large-scale possibly as a testament to his belief so much so that his contemporary spin on the miniature form sees blow-ups of delicately rendered subjects framed within the miniature tradition. His works are infused with imagination and rigour, he displays tautness and finesse in execution. His works are not just one dimensional, giving shape to his belief but they are about his exploration of the artistic traditions and practice. In his works one can thus see his play with form.

Indian proverbs. Adarsh
Pre-Historic to Modern. Adarsh
 
Th Tombi Singh

Th Tombi Singh

 His contribution to the art scene in Manipur cannot be undervalued or be set in modest terms considering he is the legitimate father of modernist art in Manipur and he is so with penache and a sharp punch. He is not interested in making things pretty but his works carry with utmost honesty and vitality the plague, the contamination in his society. However, the themes that he chooses to articulate and make a point of are drawn from his life in Manipur but they have universal resonances. His works are testimonials to the brutal anguish, oppression and rot manifest in society at large. His modernist renderings of themes that seem to strike a chord with the artist lucidly put forth the artist’s vision. His bold and free strokes are expressive in their very simplicity.

Untitled. Th. Tombi Singh
Untitled 1. Th. Tombi Singh
 
Raj Kumar Sahani

Raj Kumar Sahani

Raj Kumar depicts human figures, animals and buildings wrapped in white bandages unleashing  painful visions and experiences from a leprosy sanatorium during his school days. Raj Kumar’s trajectory from an old settlement in Benaras to urban Delhi constitutes a dense visual repository which he uses to great effect in his paintings. His paintings manifest the struggle to cope with the two contrasting spaces in his life: the urban and the rural. It becomes important for Raj Kumar to visualise the social contrast, the desperation of urban youth and existential crisis of the rural in his paintings. His paintings are his personal struggles in the city to survive.

The Fish. Rajkumar Sahani
 
Deepa J

Deepa J

According to Deepa, the inspiration behind her art works mostly comes from story books, the surreal illustrations alongside Russian tales, the Panchatantra stories, the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales. With the insertion of dark animals like bats in her own illustrated fairy tales, Deepa writes her own version of them. This placement of animals usually deemed inauspicious challenges many social norms and beliefs. A major chunk of Deepa’s works deals with nocturnal spaces and animals belonging to the dark world of night. Black is the dominant colour in her paintings.

Black swan-the surprising
Black Dalhia- the mysterious
 
Imobi Sharma

Imobi Sharma

His works are heavily invested in the history, culture and destiny of the land that he comes from. He borrows intensely from the local idioms and inflections. Drawing from a vast pool of history and practices his canvases bring to life Manipuri themes and contexts in a languid surrealistic frame. The artist with much imagination and creative force tackles his depiction of mostly women and children who seem to inhabit the fantasy space with much serenity and grace. However, through certain twists and tweaks the artist tends to ground his fantasy travellers in reality too by incorporating elements like the phanek, traditional wraps worn by Manipuri women,  that become sharp signifiers of the specific place, terrain and issues at hand.

Peace and Tranquility. Imobi
Sharmila. Imobi
 
Debendra Thiyam

Debendra Thiyam

For an artist that has taken to capture the swirling vistas of Manipur in his canvas, the claim becomes unquestionable once one is confronted with the sheer virtuosity and control the artist displays in his art, His oils on the mountains of Manipur range from solid represenations to subtle abstractions. The artist believes in searching for new metaphors and extracting new meanings from his work, he is never satisfied, working obsessively to discover and re-invent forms, textures, contents and pigments. It is in nature that he relinquishes his desire for re-invention as he confesses that nature is never short of providing him with endless possibilities.  Thus one can perceive from  flashes of colour on a sedate canvas that bring to life the mountains that he holds close to his soul.

Landscape. Debendra
Landscape 1. Debendra
 
Wangkhem Sanjoy

Wangkhem Sanjoy

As a mostly self-taught artist, Sanjoy has been dabbling in a wide spectrum of visual practices from the popular culture film posters to tackling portraits and paintings that are deeply invested  with Manipuri history, culture and landscape.  Many interesting histories and possibilities are explored in his canvas. Manipuri history is re-imagined by the artist in the way the past and present are made to speak to  and confront one another. What is achieved in the process are striking visual metaphors and languid yet haunting depictions. His realistic approach to his subjects does in no way oppress the elements of fantasy and desire in his works.
He has received no institutional training as an artist but he was formally trained by RKCS, the celebrated artist of Manipur for four years after which he started painting on his own.
 

 

Kangla. Sanjoy