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Young Indian artist holds first solo show in Oman
August 22, 2015 | 9:42 PM
by SARAH MACDONALD
 
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Muscat: He’s just 13-years-old but Avigyan Bhattacharya has already had his first solo art exhibition in which he showcased an impressive collection of paintings.

The young artist’s exhibition was held Saturday evening at Al Maasa Hall in Ruwi, with special guests Ibrahim Gailani, a Pakistani artist who lives in Muscat, and Sheffy Tattarath, an art teacher here in Muscat. Avigyan shared a variety of paintings including landscapes, abstracts, Hindu gods, and portraits, including one of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

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“I thought it would be something good to give in the exhibition as a major attraction. His Majesty is a great personality for me. He’s like an ideal for me. The developments and all he has done in Oman is a wonderful thing,” Avigyan said of the royal portrait.



Avigyan learned many of his art skills at school, including painting with watercolours, drawing with coloured pencils, and using oil pastels. He has also taken painting lessons from Muscat-based artist Aparna Shere and now focuses primarily on acrylic and oil painting, oil being a medium he particularly enjoys because of the smooth application of the paint.

He is also the youngest artist who participates in the Paragon Arts events at The Wave Muscat, where artists gather once a month to hear from a special guest artist and paint together in public.





“I like painting a lot. I paint maximum during the weekends. I don’t sleep much so I can paint late night,” said Avigyan, who spends hour upon hour at home painting, sometimes till 11:30pm on weeknights, too.

He is inspired by Oman’s landscapes and his vivid imagination, which often takes over as he begins to paint, even when he is working from a photograph.

“I always use my imagination because I’m not that good at copying. I try to copy and then I think of something else so that gives me another idea for it,” he explained.

One painting that began as a simple image of Radha Krishna, who represents the feminine and masculine aspects of God in Hinduism, soon became a vibrant abstract work with ribbons and flames of colours filling the canvas around the male and female figures. Avigyan began painting it based on an image of Radha Krishna he’d found but soon let his imagination take over.

Avigyan also loves painting landscapes and finds the scenes around Oman very inspiring. Until now he has based his scenes of Oman on images he’s found on the internet but hopes to start taking his own photographs and working from them, too, so the work would be 100 percent his own.

Though he was born in Calcutta, he has lived in Oman for nearly seven years and has been drawing and painting since he got here. When he’s not painting he also loves playing tennis, a sport for which he has won several trophies, and reading. He is also a good student, getting a Merit Award in 2013 at Indian School Muscat.

Though he’s a well-rounded young student who hopes to study medicine in university, his commitment and passion for the arts are especially strong, and Avigyan hopes one day he can share his talents with others.

“After I grow, after I get a job, I want to help those poor children who have a passion for arts but don’t have the materials or don’t have their parents’ (support). I will try my best to teach them and give them their materials,” he said.

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