Suman Gupta unveils his paintings in Patiala Palace collection
2006, Ravinder Kaul, Daily Excelsior, Jammu
The spacious first floor studio of Suman Gupta is strangely devoid of any paintings. The only Painting that one can find in the room is on the easel. It is the painting suman is currently working on. Ask him the reason for this rather unusual sight and he will inform you, with all humility that most of his paintings are booked by buyers even before he has completed them, and taken away soon after completion. Some of his works are with the finest galleries of the country and a couple of online galleries have priced his quite small works for a six figure sum. The price of his paintings has a record of increasing more quickly than the price of gold.
Suman gupta invited a few art lovers and art critics to his studio here today in order to show them his paintings in Patiala Palace collection. It is pertinent to mention that Patiala Palace has some of the finest paintings of Indian and European art. Some years ago when Prince Charles visited India and was shown European art in Patiala Palace collection, he was amazed at the treasure that is housed in such an unlikely place of the world. Indian miniature paintings and the works of the most prominent contemporary masters are also a part of the Patiala collection. Suman Gupta was commissioned a few months ago to make 10 paintings, all revolving around his favorite theme of hill people. Five of these paintings are now a part of the Patiala collection and the other five are displayed at the VVIP guest houses in Chandigarh and in other cities of Punjab. With this, Suman Gupta has achieved a unique distinction of entering the select league of painters who are valued highly by true connoisseurs of contemporary Indian art.
Although, all the paintings of the collection are realistic, they have a strange surrealistic feel that makes them quite distinctive. ‘Late Night song on the hill’ depicts two folk musicians playing their instrument while two village women hear them with rapt attention. The same two women reappear in ‘Across the River.’ More than the surroundings, the paintings titled ‘Spring’ has the beaming face of a young village lass announcing the arrival of spring. ‘Pony Express’ has two ponies and a colt crossing a high altitude pass in the hills while a young women looks on. The craft of this self taught artist is without blemish and the subjects are in variably from among the hill people. Suman is without any doubt among the best painters of hills anthill people anywhere in the world.
Suman Gupta is a prominent contemporary painter of the country today. He is rated as one of the most promising and highly talented among the new generation of artists in the country. He has held a solo exhibition of his paintings at United Nations office at Palais des Nations, Geneva, the first Indian artist to do so. Last year he curated a show of Indian contemporary art in Cyprus. He also won the Lalit Kala Akademi’s national award last year for his work “Blue River and the God of Fish”. He attended a prestigious art camp at New Zealand last year with some of the finest artists of the country. He has also attended art campus in Thailand Hampi, Udaipur and Ooty. He has exhibited his works in the best galleries of the country like Prithvi art gallery, Jehangir Art Today, Taj Art Gallery and has participated in prestigious shows like Harmony show organized by Tina Anil Ambani, group shows at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi Bombay art society, Mumbai, Kala Mela, Banglore and Nehru Centre London and a group show in Dubai.
Suman’s works can be seen hanging on the ivory painted walls of the who’s who of India’s glitterati and business tycoons as also at the Australian Embassy, New Delhi, Raj Bhawan, Jammu United Nations office at Geneva, World Trade Centre, Mumbai and many other private and public Collections. The inclusion of Suman Gupta’s Paintings in the Patiala Collections is another proof of the stature of Suman Gupta in the Indian art some today. He is the Painter that we all are going to hear a lot about in a not too distant future.