Artwork of the Day: Mother Teresa, Samir Mondal
Samir Mondal is noted among modern Indian artists for his ongoing revival of watercolor painting. Seemingly defying all limitations of the medium, he endows watercolors with the presence and weight of oils. Samir’s portraits are rendered in sharp, precise detail that can be seen here in the texture of the aged Mother Teresa’s skin. Samir is also able to orchestrate the play of light and shade to create a sense of depth that is rare in the watercolor medium.
Picture-making in watercolour is an exciting game. Color becomes my opponent. Every stroke of my brush is countered by color itself and overwhelms me.
Born in Bengal, Samir is an alumnus of the Government College of Arts, Kolkata. He has held 34 solo shows and participated in many group exhibitions in major cities of India and countries around the world. He has had several shows of his work at Gallery Archana in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he has been represented since 2005. Samir has received prestigious Awards including AIFACS, New Delhi, West Bengal State Academy Award, Academy of Fine Arts Award and A.P. Council of Artists Hyderabad.
Samir’s works are part of the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, Museums of Karnataka, RPG Enterprises, Standard Chartered Bank, Tata Steel, Birla Group of companies, ICI India Ltd., Benson and Hedges, Morarji Mills, Brooke Bond, Citibank, Ministry of External Affairs, India, Office of Star Plus, DSP Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Solomon Smith Barney India Ltd., MICO India, Bangalore and J P Morgan, as well as many personal collections in India and abroad.
Archana Gallery, located in Kuala Lumpur, specializes in Indian art in Malaysia, as well as Malaysian art. Since its founding in 2004, Archana Gallery has become an integral part of the Asian art scene, cultivating an appreciation for Indian painting among art collectors in Malaysia and across the region.