Overview for An Enchanted Space: The Private World of Ganesh Pyne
Pyne has always painted dream worlds, a world that 'is only half articulate and leaves the rest to a strange eloquent silence'. Using images from his childhood, religious iconography and the stories of the Bengali epics, he has created an oeuvre that is deeply private, resonant with myth and full of complexity. The enchanted space -- the Private world of Ganesh Pyne is being published on the occasion of one of the major solos of this seminal artist. The last book Ganesh Pyne -- His Life and Times was published in 1998. It traced his early work - the maturing in the fifties and sixties, the anguished response to the Naxalite Movement of the seventies. On the other hand the Enchanted Space focuses on his current work which possesses a new note of sombreness. It reaffirms Pyne's position as one of the most profound and original artists in India today.
Sovon Som (Author)
Dr. Sovom Som, formerly Professor of History of Art and Dean of the Faculty of Visual Arts at Rabindra Bharati University, also taught at Visva-Bharati University, Havana University, Comenus University, Assam University. He has presented seminar papers on art at New York State University, Dhaka University, Chittagaon University, Jordan University, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh and other institutions abroad. Professor Som has guest-edited Lalit Kala Contemporary and the Rabindra Bharati University journals. He has authored a number of monograms on art and culture in English, Hindi and Bengali. He won the West-Bengal State Akademi award in Visuial Arts, 2002, for his contribution to History of Art. Professor Som lives and works in Kolkata.