Figures in Time and Space
Jean Bhownagary, Magan Som Parmar, R.B. Bhaskaran, Vrindavan Solanki, Ajit Seal, B. R. Burman, Rabi Narayan Gupta, Gouri Vemula, Aparajita Srimani Naskar, each reveals that their strength lies in the structural form the work assumes, where truth is conveyed through an accuracy of the construction of the body. In figures delineated in stillness or motion, these artists tend to leave out realistic details, favouring instead forms created through mass and volume, achieved through the interplay of light and shade.
One has to understand that the graphic arts are no less exacting than mediums like oils or acrylics. In fact, major artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Degas etc., and closer home too, like M. F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar etc. have explored these various mediums of print making as a challenge, in order to extend their range of expression.
Another reason to work in a medium where multiple prints are available, is to make art more affordable and accessible to people. A print of an artist may be in an edition of 10 or even go up to 300, but we must remember that each print has been manually printed by the artist himself. None are exact duplicates, as each time the artist prints, he adds or subtracts the amount of ink, makes minor changes in colour etc. He then signs each print individually and numbers it.