Et Cetera

Curatorial Text by Sujan Chitrakar for
Samaahit | Abstract Paintings | Nabendra Limbu

He was painting a strange still life in a corner of a sculpture studio when I first noticed him. I felt compelled to share our tutor’s hint with him: the bigger the object being drawn, the better the composition. He gave a blunt reply: ‘I am not interested in the object itself – I am contemplating the negative space around it.’ I was taken aback a bit – who knew if this young man was an eccentric or a genius? I quietly went back to my own work. It was the early 1990s; Nabendra Limbu and I were first-year students at the Lalitkala Campus.

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Acrylic on canvas
ArtTalk – Let’s talk about art, baby!
  • Pranab Man Singh

It was a pleasant September evening. the sun was setting and the lights around thamel were starting to flicker. i came upon sujan chitrakar in front of a small thanka store. i broke his revere of an intricately designed mandala as i greeted him with surprise. one thing led to another, hours were adjusted and soon enough we were sipping some beer and munching on some popcorn at sam’s bar. what followed was free flowing discussion on art and aesthetics, life and language, jokes and delusions. for some strange occurrence, we had decided to record our conversation, what is presented here is some of what was discussed before the beer took over.

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