Ganesh Pyne: An 'introvert' whose dark art was 'ahead of his time'
“He was an imaginative painter who was much ahead of his time,” says artist Manu Parekh, who was a fellow member at the Society of Contemporary Artists. Pyne had joined in 1963; Parekh five years later. “He was very original with his technique. He had created a world of his own and remained there,” adds Parekh, recalling his last meeting with Pyne in Kolkata almost 20 years ago.
Death was one of his recurring themes. Born in Kolkata in 1937, Pyne often shared his memories of the 1946 Kolkata riots with friends, and the experience of the riots, his first encounter with death on such a scale, often reflected in his art, stark and brooding, with motifs such as boats and bone, dark doors and other debris.
At his cremation, Rakhi Sarkar, director of Centre of International Modern Art, Kolkata, noted this was his final encounter with death. “He was always discovering darkness,” she says.
A graduate from Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, Pyne spent the early ’60s sketching for animated films made at Mandar Mullick’s studio. “Imagery drawn by him in that period was to influence him forever. His had the finest jottings, from which he conceptualised his work,” says Sarkar, who organised several exhibitions of the artist and published books on him
Sarkar recalls their first extensive meeting in 1985-86,
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