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Boulder - 2007
Brain twister - 2007
Enigma - 2007
Make-believe - 2007
Mask - 2007
Obscure - 2007
Orgy Tree - 2007
Volcano - 2007
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Boulder - 2007
Brain twister - 2007
Enigma - 2007
Make-believe - 2007
Mask - 2007
Obscure - 2007
Orgy Tree - 2007
Volcano - 2007
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2007 Gesturism art: Charcoal waves

In sharp contrast to Sen’s artistic signature which comprises vibrant colours, he sometimes very purposefully grips a piece of charcoal to feel the black dust on his fingers. This sense of no-colour, the stark blackness of charcoal, brings him back memories of his initial time at art college in Kolkata 1969 (see https://www.sen-art.com/archive/academic-period-kolkata/when drawing artwork was a mandatory requirement in his college. Yet it is not nostalgia that makes him reach for charcoal. It is very stimulating for him that he can expose his Gesturism Art ideology of abstract with hidden figuratives even with this medium. Sen’s characteristic treatment with gestural strokes in the series Charcoal Waves is coherent with his style in the different media he works with. Even over the years, from art schools in Kolkata and Paris upto his matured style today, what distinguishes Sen’s art is the consistency that is clearly evident in his works.

INDIA’S BLOODY INDEPENDENCE
IN 1947
When India was partitioned 1947 to create Pakistan, a new country for Muslims, about 20 million people of Bengal and Punjab were displaced and brutally victimized. Sen’s wealthy, literate family had huge landed property in erstwhile East Bengal, the present Bangladesh, which was carved out to be East Pakistan for Muslims. So for being Hindus Sen’s family was overnight evicted from their home. Without taking any possessions, they fled for their lives amidst people warring over religion, and so became squatted refugees in West Bengal.