Tufan Pramanik
From light to dark and all in between

Born in the rural village of Gangrai in West Bengal, I grew up as a huge enthusiast of travelling. Even my daily journey to Kolkata and back as a student became exciting and special — particularly the return journey, when the bogies would be much emptier, quieter, and the body language of the travelers would change into silent, sleepy mode. It was the perfect time to observe every detail of the interior structure of the local train cabin, its lights, fans, hanging handles, seats… All those objects that were also resting after a hard day, I almost felt. The outside view was no less fascinating, with vacant factories, construction sites, tunnels, and more. This experience has continuously reflected in my art practice over the last few years. I use plenty of black-and-white surfaces to draw out imagery, utilising basic materials like charcoal, canvas, paper, blackboard, board, junk material and more. The objects I depict are sometimes alone, and often, I am a part of them, too. Light and dark are key motifs in my inspiration and work, almost at parallel with my daily journey into rural climes from bustling urban ones — a contrast that plays into my choice of a black-and-white medium.

Tufan Pramanik

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