Very limited edition of 5 prints on Archival Canson Paper. Only one Artist Proof available now (as good as the edition prints).
Hand-drawn, hand-carved, hand-printed
A long, fulfilling labour of love, this woodcut has been created out of four blocks, using the reduction method, which means more than one colour has been printed from a single block, with the process of wood-carving separating each stage. I have also used the stencil process in a couple of places.
This lane in my hometown of Kolkata has been beckoning to me for a while. I happen to drive past it very frequently, my eyes always pausing to hold on to it, trying to take in all of its quiet mystery, feeling a regular urge to stop my car and get tangibly closer to it. But perhaps I wanted to savour this mystery itself, and hence never stopped to walk down inside it. This woodcut is my attempt to forever capture its quaint charm and curious appeal.
Some elements that I'd like to highlight, which particularly draw me towards this lane (although I do believe here that the whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts!) are the green French-style shutter windows and the red house (known in Bengali as the quintessential 'laal bari'), typical features of colonial Calcutta; the hand-pulled rickshaw, a ubiquitous symbol of this city; the image of crows sitting on electrical wires (also a common sight); and the hint of a man with an umbrella walking down, his shadow more visible than him.