BIOGRAPHY

About Sen Shombit

French painter Indian origin

RECOGNITION

In the last 10 years Sen Shombit has exposed his Gesturism Art in different countries such as Japan, Italy, Austria, France, Canada and India. He has been selected to showcase his works in numerous famous French Salons (created by King Louis XIV inside the Carre de Louvre) in Paris such as Societie Nationale des Beaux Arts, Salon d’Automne and Salon des Art Capital.

Early life

Sen was born in 1954 in a refugee camp near Calcutta with no potable water, no electricity, no sanitation. In such an environment his dream of becoming an artist seemed unattainable. Close to his refugee camp, at age 12, he suddenly discovered Chandannagore, the erstwhile territory of France. So the French artistic wave and culture grabbed his subconscious mind from an early age. Against all odds he persisted with sharp focus on art, and drove himself to get admitted to Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata (first Western art college in India since 1860).

IN SEARCH OF HIS DREAMS​

At age 19, with $ 8 in his pocket and his first paintings under his arm, Sen landed in Paris. Without papers, without work, without friends, Sen was nevertheless sure of his destiny to be in art in France. He was first illegally employed as a sweeper in a lithographic printshop by its kindhearted proprietor who was impressed by his paintings. Here he rubbed shoulders with painters such as Leonor Fini, Alain Bonnefoit, Yves Brayer and many others. At the same time, he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (1974-76) and Academie Julian Penninghen (1975-77). French art and culture became his foundation of life. Simultaneously with his creative work, he had to pursue applied art as a designer for livelihood earning where he very successfully worked for the biggest French and international brands across the world. Sen lived in France from 1973 to 2003, became a French citizen in 1984, and now divides his time between India and France.

Inspiration

Sen finds that French society has phenomenal imaginative artistic power, is conscious of the intangible aspect and can absorb the shock of the new. That’s why so many foreign artists are inspired and drawn to France as the world’s prime country of art. The artistic inspiration and skill that artist Sen has experienced from French people and the French community of art has overwhelmed him. From his age of 19 when he too arrived in France, Sen has been carrying this inspiration with him always. Intensely searching for an ideology of his own to transcend Post Modern Art in France, Sen immersed himself totally into Western European, particularly French art movements since 1870. Imbibing the creative discipline of art in France, he understood that it is important for a painter to have an ideological anchor for his new artistic vision.

VISION​

He started to create a new vision of art from 1994; he called it Gesturism Art. Grappling with contradictory cultures, Sen has a way of painting without limits to show that which is not seen, but which is nevertheless essential. His painting practice is akin to inherently spontaneous writing that freely flows from imagination, just as Gesturism Art is his personal pictorial narrative.

ANECDOTE

Sen’s treatment of Gesturism Art stems from his observation that all living beings have immeasurable gestures right from the time they are born.  Living life is about motion, death collapses all gesticulations. The varied types of gestures in life’s trajectory, not just in human beings but in all creatures as well, has hugely impacted Sen’s artistic mind. The strokes from his painting brush bear testimony to his penchant for gestures. Watching him paint during his student days 1975 at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, one of his professors said, “Don’t ever lose the strength of your brush strokes, they distinguish your works of art…” Click on https://www.sen-art.com/archive/academic-period-kolkata/ (1969-73 Archive) to see how gestures have dominated his works of art from an early stage.

Sen had delved deep into French art and culture since his arrival in Paris 1973. He has imbibed Modern Art that encompasses Impressionism, Expressionism, Pointillism, Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Dadaism. These movements revealed to him that an artist’s identity emerges from the conceptual form of his artistry. Immersed in the structure of western art, he searched within himself for a conceptual form with a totally new visual appeal in his art. Three elements were cooking in his mind for a certain time:

– the boundless gestures of living beings that always stirred him,

– his French professor’s advice to never desert his bold brush strokes, and

– his yearning to find a new visual ideology for his art.

That’s how, in 1994, he started his new conceptual and visual form, calling it Gesturism Art. 

According to Sen, artistic imagination that starts in the head rolls down through the artist’s eyes and hands to be expressed on a physical surface to become a physical, single, unique piece of art. That’s why he totally escapes from the new phenomenon of digital art form, this virtual non-physical technical expression which he considers to be reproductive pseudo art. So for him Gesturism Art is a part of the physical expression of human skill and craftsmanship resulting in a single piece of art on canvas, paper or any other physical medium.

About Sen Shombit

French painter Indian origin

RECOGNITION

In the last 10 years Sen Shombit has exposed his Gesturism Art in different countries such as Japan, Italy, Austria, France, Canada and India. He has been selected to showcase his works in numerous famous French Salons (created by King Louis XIV inside the Carre de Louvre) in Paris such as Societie Nationale des Beaux Arts, Salon d’Automne and Salon des Art Capital.

Early life

Sen was born in 1954 in a refugee camp near Calcutta with no potable water, no electricity, no sanitation. In such an environment his dream of becoming an artist seemed unattainable. Close to his refugee camp, at age 12, he suddenly discovered Chandannagore, the erstwhile territory of France. So the French artistic wave and culture grabbed his subconscious mind from an early age. Against all odds he persisted with sharp focus on art, and drove himself to get admitted to Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata (first Western art college in India since 1860).

IN SEARCH OF HIS DREAMS​

At age 19, with $ 8 in his pocket and his first paintings under his arm, Sen landed in Paris. Without papers, without work, without friends, Sen was nevertheless sure of his destiny to be in art in France. He was first illegally employed as a sweeper in a lithographic printshop by its kindhearted proprietor who was impressed by his paintings. Here he rubbed shoulders with painters such as Leonor Fini, Alain Bonnefoit, Yves Brayer and many others. At the same time, he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (1974-76) and Academie Julian Penninghen (1975-77). French art and culture became his foundation of life. Simultaneously with his creative work, he had to pursue applied art as a designer for livelihood earning where he very successfully worked for the biggest French and international brands across the world. Sen lived in France from 1973 to 2003, became a French citizen in 1984, and now divides his time between India and France.

Inspiration

Sen finds that French society has phenomenal imaginative artistic power, is conscious of the intangible aspect and can absorb the shock of the new. That’s why so many foreign artists are inspired and drawn to France as the world’s prime country of art. The artistic inspiration and skill that artist Sen has experienced from French people and the French community of art has overwhelmed him. From his age of 19 when he too arrived in France, Sen has been carrying this inspiration with him always. Intensely searching for an ideology of his own to transcend Post Modern Art in France, Sen immersed himself totally into Western European, particularly French art movements since 1870. Imbibing the creative discipline of art in France, he understood that it is important for a painter to have an ideological anchor for his new artistic vision.

VISION​

He started to create a new vision of art from 1994; he called it Gesturism Art. Grappling with contradictory cultures, Sen has a way of painting without limits to show that which is not seen, but which is nevertheless essential. His painting practice is akin to inherently spontaneous writing that freely flows from imagination, just as Gesturism Art is his personal pictorial narrative.

ANECDOTE

Sen’s treatment of Gesturism Art stems from his observation that all living beings have immeasurable gestures right from the time they are born.  Living life is about motion, death collapses all gesticulations. The varied types of gestures in life’s trajectory, not just in human beings but in all creatures as well, has hugely impacted Sen’s artistic mind. The strokes from his painting brush bear testimony to his penchant for gestures. Watching him paint during his student days 1975 at Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, one of his professors said, “Don’t ever lose the strength of your brush strokes, they distinguish your works of art…” Click on https://www.sen-art.com/archive/academic-period-kolkata/ (1969-73 Archive) to see how gestures have dominated his works of art from an early stage.

Sen had delved deep into French art and culture since his arrival in Paris 1973. He has imbibed Modern Art that encompasses Impressionism, Expressionism, Pointillism, Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism and Dadaism. These movements revealed to him that an artist’s identity emerges from the conceptual form of his artistry. Immersed in the structure of western art, he searched within himself for a conceptual form with a totally new visual appeal in his art. Three elements were cooking in his mind for a certain time:

– the boundless gestures of living beings that always stirred him,

– his French professor’s advice to never desert his bold brush strokes, and

– his yearning to find a new visual ideology for his art.

That’s how, in 1994, he started his new conceptual and visual form, calling it Gesturism Art. 

According to Sen, artistic imagination that starts in the head rolls down through the artist’s eyes and hands to be expressed on a physical surface to become a physical, single, unique piece of art. That’s why he totally escapes from the new phenomenon of digital art form, this virtual non-physical technical expression which he considers to be reproductive pseudo art. So for him Gesturism Art is a part of the physical expression of human skill and craftsmanship resulting in a single piece of art on canvas, paper or any other physical medium.