March 5, 2022, 12:42 PM IST Uma Nair in plUMAge, Lifestyle, TOI
The world has woken up to the new transactional idiom of NFTs and India’s stellar artist Paresh Maity’s NFT debut with Artexposure as the owner , is a classic case of ownership with the physical asset as well as the digital in his historic pandemic creation The Perpetual Glare.This oil on canvas is an amalgam of elements created on a buttercup yellow background in the rhythms and resonance of an abstract medley. Colours for Maity come naturally flowing with ease and effortless candour. This echoes a lyrical cadence of Rajasthan;s sand dunes and also hints at the alchemy of the sunrise. The title suggests the aftermath of the pandemic and the timbre of human suffering in its wake but the buttercup yellow brings hope for humanity.
Paresh Maity’s oil on canvas A Morning on the NFT is a steal for the art lover who would like to covet the digital as well as physical painting of this abstract alchemy that is mirrored in the ages of a crimson tide. Maity the itinerant traveller is an early riser, and often sits in his studio with his canvas painting the nuances of nature’s glow in the many shades of the day as well as in the hues of the urban landscape that he recreates. This work straddles the beauty of a thematic sojourn that couples the finest in the multi dimensional arcadia of a city that transcends time and tide.In possession for an art collector this work will be a testimony to the harmony that must be felt in the transaction of both technology and human desire for the work of a master.
Wedding Bell as an asset comes with a double advantage in the NFT trade with the physical asset also being part of the transaction.This oil on canvas is an exposition of India’s cultural fabric of the ritual of a wedding celebration. Maity’s felicity with both colour and contour come to the fore even as we see the hint of drama and feminine fervour in the confluence of the horse for the bridegroom and the belles dressed to the hilt.This work is warm and filled with the symphony of the anticipation and gaiety as it reflects the mood of celebrating the poise and perfection of an evening wedding amongst its festivities.This work again is a glimmer of Rajasthan;s many dimensions in its incandescent aura.
City Never Sleeps
Paresh Maity’s City Never Sleeps is an oil and acrylic on canvas that comes as an NFT asset that whispers the nuances of nocturnes just like a composition by Chopin that lulls the senses and draws you into its maw. Maity is a master in his handling of both oil and acrylic.His handling of the medium with a pliant brush is what makes this work an asset to behold both in mood and its many dramatic hues. Maity has a sensitivity towards the shades of day and the dispersion and absorption of light.He has always in his 40 years of practice created works that celebrate the multi hued dimensions and dynamics of light. In more ways than one he brings alive the moods and lyrical notes of his role model JMW Turner whose work he studied as a student.
A Glorious City
Paresh Maity’s dalliance with the city of Benares is one that echoes the beauty of Mark Twain’s words.: Ever wry, in 1897 Mark Twain wrote, “Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.” And indeed, it is in this work that brings alive not just the many elements that dot the Benares landscape or skyline but the hint of the beauty of religious symbolism and the sound of chants and hymns that unravel the notes of spiritual fervour like the setting sun. Several thousand years old, Benares is the holiest of India’s seven sacred cities and Maity transcribes its unique dimensions.