Very limited edition of 4 prints on Archival Canson Paper
Hand-drawn, hand-carved, hand-printed
An 'offshoot' of this work (http://www.saatchiart.com/art/Printmaking-Dwarkanath-Ghosh-Lane/739521/2846866/view), this black-and-white edition is popularly perceived as the more dramatic one. It has the subtlety of a monochrome, along with the carving details more crisply visible.
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 gentle 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 hints of a man with an umbrella walking down, his shadow more visible than him. (If these more colourful details tempt you enough to want to visualize the image in colour, please visit the link given above to see the coloured version of this print).