Sen Shombit's Western style painting bathed in irreverent Indian colours

"I see the world from my right eye and I imagine colour from the left eye"

Sen in his atelier in Bangalore, India 2017

Sen in his atelier in Avenue Jean Moulin, Paris 1991

Sen in his atelier in Avenue Jean Moulin, Paris 1993

Intro: Franco-Indian artist Sen Shombit has lived and worked as a painter and designer in France for 30 years. Born 1954, he lived a humble, poverty stricken childhood in a slum-like refugee colony outside of Kolkata without electricity, sanitation, or potable water.

For the love of art, nineteen year old Sen adventurously voyaged to Paris in 1973 with only $8 in his pocket. While studying at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, he mastered the European, particularly French, flair of art. The French style has saturated his way of life, thinking, attitude, and behaviour. Even as a professional international designer, he continued to paint and had several exhibitions in France and India. Today, Sen is a full time painter.

Turning point: Towards the end of the 1990s, he returned to India for global design work where he met Renee, an Indian from Northeast India. Renee attentively looked at Sen's painting and Parisian life and discovered an unbelievable coincidence. Her mother was a writer who, in the 1960s, wrote an Assamese novel about an Indian who went to Paris to become an artist. Renee's mother had passed away before Renee met Sen, but Sen's artistic life in Paris incredibly mirrored her mother's story. Renee fostered Sen's desire to revisit India from a refreshed perspective, an angle quite different from the one he knew before leaving for France in 1973. His vision of India expanded to a diverse society of inclusion, and a resilient, unpredicted, and colourful corner of humanity that could take on extreme physical disorder in daily life with a smile. Through these insights, Sen's art responded with a different angle.

Riot of colour: Sen was starting to feel that Western art has some indoctrination in discipline and order in terms of control of colour, form and shape. After they married, Renee suggested he spend more time in India where she hoped Sen's artistic craving would be revitalized. Sen started researching how to be completely impromptu in action with "uncontrolled colour bath" while creating his French style paintings. India with its liberty of colour like no other, responded to his urge of rebellious application of colour. Although Sen had become French in spirit and nationality, the colours in his art represent India's 1.3 billion population. He discovered that 80% Indians haphazardly and freely apply colours in their everyday life. Poverty made people increase their use of colours. While interacting with the underprivileged now, he came to know that their colourful way of living symbolizes dignity of their identity; less colour would mean being washed out. Sen inherited this mentality of abundant colour in his way of imagination and work.

The influence: Western European artistic movements influenced Sen to structure his own ideology of Gesturism Art. He defines Gesturism Art as a celebration of the limitless gestures of all living beings in all stages of life from birth to death. He narrates these themes with impromptu, vibrant movements in his art work.

Introspective painting: You initially see a riot of colours in Sen's paintings which appear to have multiple abstract forms. This inspires you to go indepth into the artwork and slowly discover hidden figurative forms that describe the theme of his painting. His colourful brush str okes invite you to journey into his painting to addictively pursue this discovery.

Désordre' art contemporian: Viewer-interactive désorde installation is outstanding contemporary art. Each complete art work is divided into multiple square canvas slabs which can be relocated and magnetically fixed in the slots provided in the frame. One art work with one theme has thousands of abstract forms. When you initially enter the subject, you see an abstract form. While changing the multiple slabs in 360 degree movements, you can see varied forms of abstract art from one to the other. If you can find the logical link of the canvas slabs following Sen's brush strokes and colours, you will see some hidden figurative message emerge which is the original theme of the installation.

Resulting in a new dimension in the global art world: This Franco-Indian artist is bringing in a totally new dimension into Western and other societies with his vibrant colours of Gesturism Art and désordre installations. Gesturism art and désordre have some raw effect of India's ancient culture which juxtaposes the well structured Western thinking on art. Sen exhibits this new dimension by participating in exhibitions in di fferent parts of the world.

Alberto Moioli, Member AICA. Editorial Director, Enciclopediad'ArteItaliana, Art Advisor Art Affinity