Red

This is one of my new paintings made in Kolkata. I started it in Chicago, probably in 2016, finished it in my home town in 2017. 

Now, officially it is spring in Kolkata but it is actually hot. The roadsides are dusty and crowded. Still, there are  Shimush, Palash , Rangan silently make our harsh lives beautiful and sweet, may be momentarily. Still, it means a lot. 

It is my gratitute to mother nature. 

Name : red

H: 22"

W: 30"

Medium : Acrylic and collage on paper

 

Red

It is available in Saatchi.com in this link


Print of my artworks in 'Art collective'

It was really a nice feeling when Tulika wrote me an email saying that 'art collective' would like to collaborate with me. They would put a couple of my artworks in their website for print. The website looks professional and beautiful. They take great care to make every artwork look perfect. Tulika was courtious, friendly, prompt and helped me in every step. I have not met her yet. But someone who first contact artists or clients actually reprents the gallery and that impression is very important. 

I am happy that my paintings are there in 'Art collective's gallery. There are 6 paintings available there. Prints are available in different sizes. 

This is my page there.  If you have any comments to share, please feel free to do it. 

My most beautiful hiding places 5


broken twigs 1: pages from an art journal

2015 and 2016 are crazy years for me and that crazyness embodied in my journal. What a mix of loud colors, mismatched bills, stickers, scrap papers, tickets, god knows what else. I wanted to remember my life in USA and put that in my journal and bring it with me from Chicago to Kolkata.  

I am looking back  and I can see that this cacophony of colors somehow makes sense.

I can hear the sound of broken twigs in my heart. 

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In case, if you are interested to know, I used mainly brush pens, pens, printed tapes, torn paintings, pieces of adult coloring books etc. Every piece of paper was ready to be torn and every piece of paper was worth saving. Only, I did not know what I was supposed to do. 

 

 


Graphic novels

Finally, with the help of Pinterest, I could make a board where I get all the graphic novels I like, I read and I would like to read.

I remember, the first autobiographical graphic novel I read in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2004 was 'Persepolis' and my friend Sudin Bhattacharya introduced me to this book. In Michigan, winter was harsh, days were short and I was lost in a new land. I remember, I used to read graphic novels in 'Borders' on State Street, sipping Caramel Latte.

Graphic novels in my pinterest board


Mixed media : Flights do return 4

Flights do 4grunge

 

Year : 2016
H: 11"
W : 8.5"

Medium : Collage on adult coloring book.

Materials used : Adult coloring book, markers and brush pens, red tag decorative tape, rubber stamp and a piece of a boarding pass

This series is about the bitter-sweet experience of coming back to the place one has left before. 

 

 

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Tags: Mixed media art, collage on altered adult coloring book page, stamping , yellow printed decorative tape, boarding pass


Magic Clock

Magic clock full size

 

Year: 2012

H: 20"
W:30"
D: 0.5 "

Medium: Collage on foamboard

Materials used: Acrylic and markers on foamboard. Rubber stamps.  Pages from Yellow Book, a coster bought from neighborhood dollar store in Chicago, paper ephemera bought from a very artsy, tiny shop in Madison, decorative papers, scrap papers discarded from my previous artworks, broken part of junk jewellery.
Recycling of materials is an integral part of my artistic process. I find it fascinating that the things which were extra in my own previous artworks and the things I did not pay attention to before ,enrich my new artwork and become precious to me.

Though the harsh reality tells a different story, we should all have a magic clock in our life. 

Saatchi Art

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Magic-Clock/857711/3120625/view

 

 


Cage Up in the air

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Name: Cage up in the air

H: 20' W: 30" Year: 2012
Medium: Acrylic on foam board. I feel excited to try painting on different surfaces. I bought this foamboard to write my 'to do' list, or 'lesson plan' of
the week for my teaching. But the whiteness of the board allured me to paint on it. I was so delighted. A foamboard
is so smooth. When I paint, I paint without any conscious thoughts. I feel very liberating.I was giddy with happiness
after I stopped in the middle.Then I realised that it looked like sky. I dipped my brush into the thin black acrylic color
and I lightly touched my brush on the foamboard. The lines looked like some iron grills of the window, may be a little more ornate. It seemed that I was in a flying cage in the sky.
From time to time, I love looking at it and it reminds me of our life's strange journey.Well, it is not so bad to
be in a cage with dancing bars, specially when I am flying in the sky.

Available in Saatchi.com

 


Imprint of a portable life series

 Stamping is like a baby if you compare it to full grown processes of printmaking. Tiny, small prints of my tiny small stamps on a 22" x 30" paper make me laugh.  I repeatedly stamp on a moist printmaking paper, like  crazy.  As if I want to the paper to remember the stamp. After getting very involved in the stamp-paper relationship for a while, I rest. Drink a cup of tea. Look at it from different angle.  The weird thing is that I am not even good at stamping. All of the  imprints of the same stamp are different. When this process is done. I do what I  like to do most.  I glue scrap papers on my finished work. 

In this series, I used maps, printed tapes,wrapping papers, boarding passes of plane tickets, discarded library catalog cards. I got cards from the Memorial Library of University of Wisconsin.  They were in the library for the members to use for notes. Now, one has to buy these in etsy or ebay. 

 

 

 

Saatchi full photo

 

In Saatchi.com  -     Imprint of a portable life 8

 


Saatchi full photo

In Saatchi.com  -  Imprint of a portable life 1


Saatchi full photo

 


Saatchi full photo

Imprint of a portable life 3

 

 There are a lot more which I did not post here.  I posted a couple of more  in Saatchi.com .  These are of same size 22" x 30". I used Reeves printmaking paper.All are created in 2014.


My rubber stamps

I love stamping so much. I think I am addicted to it. In my childhood, I tried to stamp with okra and potatoes and to tell you the truth, I was never successful. Probably, that's why , when I get beautifully designed stamps in shops in US, or in online shops, it seems that I have found a treasure. Treasure it is, why not ?  The crisp impression of a stamp on a dry paper, the soft, merged , unclear impression on a wet paper, all are good, all are beautiful. There is no right way or wrong way to stamp.

Today I will show you a part of my stamp collection

 

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This is one of the pages of my personal stamp catalog.

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My favorite shops where I buy stamps are Stampington 

https://stampington.com/rubber-art-stamps

Amazon

 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_1_1_hso_sc_smartcategory_2?rh=n%3A2933760011%2Ck%3Arubber+stamps&keywords=rubber+stamps&ie=UTF8&qid=1459303251&sr=8-1-acs

 

and Michael's 

http://www.michaels.com/papercraft/stamps/809188566

 

I also found one very good shop in Etsy but I don't remember the name of the shop any more. 

 

Here is a section of my artwork made with stamps

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Imprint of a portable life 2

Full photo for typepad

Sections of the painting



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The painting on the floor

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Description: I love stamping and it seems that I do not get enough of it. The more I use stamps, the more new roads open in front of me.
In this whole series I used stamps intensively on printmaking paper.

Year: 2014

Size: 22" x 30"
Medium: Stamping and collaging on printmaking paper
Materials used: Stamps, ink, printmaking paper, wrapping paper, library catalogue card
Style: Abstract
Price: $ 400

Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi.com

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Imprint-of-a-portable-life-2/857711/2901077/view

 


Look at the bright side

Full photoWith a frame

 

With border 2

With a border

With border 1On the floor

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Description: I love to paint with yellow but I never know where it will go at the end.
I also love to use wrapping papers on my paint and slowly I am realizing that it is almost becoming my signature.
Year: 2013
Size: 22"x 30"
Medium: Collage, Acrylic paint on printmaking paper
Style: Abstract
Price: $400

Availability: You can buy this product in Saatchi Art

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Look-at-the-bright-side/857711/2894378/view


" In a dark time, the eye begins to see"

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sections of the painting: 

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Another image

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Year: 2012
Size: 22" x 30"
Medium: Acrylic on printmaking paper
Materials used: Acrylic paint
Style: Abstract
Price: $ 400
Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi Art

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-In-a-dark-time-the-eye-begins-to-see-4/857711/2893034/view#

 

Note: The name is taken from the poem,'In a dark time' by Theodore Roethke


"In a dark time the eye begins to see 3

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Section of the painting

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Name: In a dark time, the eye begins to see 3
The name is taken from the poem,'In a dark time' by Theodore Roethke
Year: 2012
Size: 22" x 30"
Medium: Acrylic on printmaking paper
Materials used: Acrylic paint
Style: Abstract
Price: $ 400

Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi Art

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-In-a-dark-time-the-eye-begins-to-see-3/857711/2892816/view

 

 


"In a dark time, the eye begins to see" 2

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Sections of the painting



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Size: 22"x30"
Category: Painting/Collage
Medium: Acrylic on printmaking paper
Materials used: Wrapping paper, acrylic paint
Style: Abstract

Description:

Even some dark momets of our lives are interjected with lighter beauty. I believe in that. So, I love to incorporate some funny, superficial elements in some of my paintings. Here,I used a piece of wrapping paper with bright colors and cartoon characters.

The name is taken from the poem,'In a dark time' by Theodore Roethke


Price: $ 400
Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi Art

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-In-a-dark-time-the-eye-begins-to-see-2/857711/2892762/view

 

You can get the full poem in Poetry Foundation.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/172120


"Delay our tomorrow, so our road may extend"

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Sections of the painting:

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The name of the painting is taken from a line of a poem of Mahmoud Darwish

Year: 2013
Size: 22"x30"
Medium: Collagraph and Collage on printmaking paper
Materials used:Acrylic paint, scrap papers, wrapping papers, pencil colors, pan pastels
Style: Abstract
Price: $300
Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi Art

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Delay-our-tomorrow-so-our-road-may-extend/857711/2890593/view


"A woman told the cloud: cover my beloved For my clothing is drenched with his blood."

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Sections of the painting

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Description:
Acrylic on printmaking paper.
The line is taken from a poem "Under Siege" by the famous poet Mahmoud Darwish
Year: 2013
Size: 22" X 30"
Medium: Acrylic
Materials used: Acrylic paint on paper
Style: Abstract
Price: $300
Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi.com

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-A-woman-told-the-cloud-cover-my-beloved-For-my-clothing-is-drenched-with-his-blood/857711/2890261/view

 


"Even a passing moment has its fertile past"

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Sections of the painting

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Description:  First I put gesso on a printmaking paper. Then used stencils on soft gesso. Let it dry. Used acrylic paint and paint brush markers. Added paper flowers on it.

The line of the name of the artwork is a line from the poem "No Title Required" by Wistawa Szymborska.

Year: 2015
Size: 22" x 30"
Medium:  Acrylic on a printmaking paper

Materials used: Gesso, acrylic, stencil, paper flowers from Martha Stuart, Faber Castell brush markers

Style: Abstract
Price:  $ 400


Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi Art

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Even-a-passing-moment-has-its-fertile-past/857711/2890375/view

 







Castle in the sky

 

Tranquility and anxiety - Copy

 

Year:  2011

Size: 8 1/2 "x 11"
Medium: Collage
Materials used: Scrap papers, blue paper, ink and glue
Style: Abstract
Price: $ 100


Availability: You can buy this painting in Saatchi Art 

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Collage-Tranquility-and-anxiety/857711/2853961/view

 

 

 

 


Autumn blue

 

 

Autumn blue

Sections of the painting

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Description:   If this painting evokes any feeling in you, it is yours. It reminds me of autumn in Bengal, after heavy monsoon, when sky finally turns from grey to blue. This painting reminds me of the happy moments in my life.

Year: 2012

Size: 22" X 30"

Medium: Acrylic and ink on printmaking paper, Collage, Mixed media

Materials used: Acrylic paints on printmaking paper

Style: Abstract

Price: $ 400

Availability: You can buy this painting in the following link in Saatchi Art

http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Painting-Autumn-blue/857711/2842936/view


Magic Clock

 

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Year: 2012

H: 20"

W:30"

D: 0.5 "

Medium: Collage on foamboard

Materials used: Acrylic and markers on foamboard.Rubber stamps.  Pages from Yellow Book, a coster bought from neighborhood dollar store in Chicago, paper ephemera bought from a very artsy, tiny shop in Madison, decorative papers, scrap papers discarded from my previous artworks, 
broken part of junk jewellery.
Recycling of materials is an integral part of my artistic process. I find it fascinating that the things which were extra in my own previous artworks and the things I did not pay attention to before ,enrich my new artwork and become precious to me.

Though the harsh reality tells a different story, we should all have a magic clock in our life. 


" It don't bother me !

For so many years, people have been calling me all different kinds of names to describe me as an artist, outsider, black artist, ghetto artist, the Picasso of the Ghetto.

I just want to be called an artist. That's all I've been doing all my life is painting.

But, it don't bother me.

Some dealers used to say I paint too much. They had their reasons.
But, it don't bother me!......

Some say I sold my early paintings too cheap. But, I had bills to pay, and I didn't want anybody to pay for me. By me selling them that way my paintings go all over the world so people can see the struggles I've been seeing and I just hope that there can be peace in the world.

But it don't bother me !
......
People are now coming from all over to get the certificates from me to show that I painted those paintings.

It makes me proud.

But, it don't bother me !"

Purvis Young