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Gopal Sa­mantray has an un­canny grasp of the pic­to­rial lan­guage. He does not speak the com­plex lan­guage of in­tel­lec­tu­al­ism, but the colours and forms which he has ar­rived at af­ter tough ex­pe­ri­ences and prac­tice be­tray an un­canny lo­cal in­tel­li­gence. His world has no time for ab­strac­tion. Tigers, ze­bras, ele­phants, go­ril­las and kite or ea­gle-like birds are in­te­gral to Sa­mantray’s im­agery. But the par­tic­u­lar me­trop­o­lis where he finds these an­i­mals stand­ing, there the bal­anced and imag­i­na­tive use of colours and tex­ture at­tributes to his can­vases a pic­to­rial vo­cab­u­lary com­plete in it­self.

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