Shadows, Dreams & Forms - Soumen Das

Shadows, Dreams & Forms - Soumen Das

Shadows, Dreams, Forms
Note on Soumen Das’ 2011 collection of works

Soumen’s works are inspired by the architecture of forts, palaces, ordinary houses and buildings. He engages the landscape and topography of his surroundings with his feelings and dreamy memories attached to those places. Some physical details and attributes of the structures in the paintings may bring to mind the places he is inspired by, but his intention is not representation. It would be fair to say, Soumen transforms a place with his imagination using a vivid palette and geometrical forms that facilitate a unique perspective. His fond memories of visits to certain destinations are rendered in a forthright painterly manner fully engaging the viewer in his technique, fresh colour palette and forms. Some works are embellished with more details, others have broad sweeps of colours that overlap the details underneath. He experiments with the idea of perspective, making his works as valid from a distance as from proximity. One is reminded of landscapes in miniature paintings, with top angle view bearing a certain flatness yet giving us a feel of space.
He is known to deftly use Casein on Canvas. Casein is a medium that very few artists use. Powdered colour pigments are mixed with casein — a binding solution, an organic adhesive. The result is a colour palette that is bright and translucent quite unlike the qualities of watercolours and oil paints. In the latest series, both lines and layers of geometrical forms make a remarkable impact on the overall quality of work.