New kid on the block
Artist Abhisha Ghosh could well be a teenager living next door, doing her homework and listening to the latest chartbusters with equal fervour. Scratch the surface, however, and you find a girl whose thoughts range from Satyajit Ray’s Sonar Kella to the woods of Ranikhet.
Her recent debut exhibition Mirrors at Ganges Art Gallery, showcased stark paintings of faces which weren’t perfect, but her imagination and palette of predominantly dark colours were appreciated by both critics and viewers. “Her creative vision is beyond her years,” says artist Bibhuti Chakraborty.
Five years ago when Ghosh, now 15, picked up a paint brush, she wouldn’t embellish the background of her paintings, concentrating instead on unusual blends of colour and creating textures.
Refusing to attend drawing classes that insisted on step-bystep learning modules, Ghosh trained herself at home. Her parents supported her talent, even allowing her to paint the door of their south Kolkata apartment. “It’s heartening to see that she has found an emotional anchor in her canvases,” says her mother.
Having nearly overcome difficulties with slow learning, she takes active interest in academics and music: she’s training in Hindustani classical. Currently she’s working on a series of paintings inspired by forests and wants to continue experimenting with colours.