How is one to constrict Suparna Ghosh in a frame considering both the multiplicity of her subject matter and style whose roots can be traced to her peripatetic life as she followed her archaeologist father to sites of Taxashila and elsewhere. Continue reading
– Sudhir Pant, artist, journalist, art critic
Reviews of Paintings
What is most unusual about her painting (and her poetry) is the ever-present element of surprise… here is creation, raw in energy, sophisticated in technique, highly individual in expression.
– John Robert Colombo, author, contributor to Canadian Art, Graphic International, Atlantic Monthly, member Order of Canada
Suparna Ghosh employs a vocabulary of pictorially strong symbols … in a bold and consistent style.
– Artspeak, New York
Stand close to any of Suparna Ghosh’s works and you are enveloped in a sea of vivid colour, a shimmering space of reflected light and rhythmic undulations. Time is a key element in the experiences of Ghosh’s mindscapes, and they seem to orchestrate, more than direct our movements. They take us beyond our normal sense of sight and viewers are transformed into “experiencers”, surprised, shaken or subdues by Suparna’s imagination.
– The Times of India
The multi-faceted collection showed the artist’s bold and innovative style and today’s complex environment.
– New Woman, India
The Hidden Eye” had people coming to view her paintings, which have a timeless quality about them, and provoke one to uncover their dimensions.
– The Financial Express, India
One cannot but react strongly to Suparna’s art. The colours are hot and bold, the images shockingly dreamlike… dramatically subjective.
– Woman’s EXTRA, India
Her works are complex and often depict the complexity of their own thoughts, her own emotional transition at a particular point in time.
– The Asian Age, India
There is a certain raw energy which emanates from her work which is a combination of Rembrandt and Dali.
– Observer, Mumbai edition
A multi-faceted collection of skilful images, in bold and innovative style, accompanied by lines from self-written poems can be seen on the canvas. Eyes and clock are consistently seen in all paintings and the theme is dominated by women figures, depicted in strong, beautiful, adventurous and independent forms.
– Femina, For the Woman of Substance, India
The profound and mysterious quality of her work is underlined by a multitude of subtle and overt images often accompanied by lines of her own poems written across the canvas.
Barbara Moes, Toronto
There is a sense of timelessness in art which compels itself to be rediscovered again and again. The paintings of Suparna Ghosh do just that.
– Michelle Vacca, Gallery 7, Toronto
… Architecture is the appropriate word, for the painting of Suparna Ghosh all seem to “occur” in one or two kinds of space and imply a sense of dwelling.
– Donald Brackett, Media Montage, Toronto
And when she tells me to use my eyes to see, I see, and that is all I know.
– Dr. Anne Forsythe, poet and songwriter
One cannot help but look deeply into Suparna Ghosh’s paintings. The quest for self-knowledge by the artist becomes one for the viewer as well.
– Leela Vishwanathan, visual artist and writer
Suparna’s paintings are bewilderingly surrealistic. She has a knack of translating fantasies of her own and others in a very unusual idiom, style and technique.
– Mukund R. Dave, poet, critic, translator and Professor of English, Rajkot (India)
Suparna draws ingeniously on many devices—literary and surrealist, now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t, ‘to lead you up the incline…’ and throw you into a beautifully hallucinatory world – a world that teeters between dream and reality; between Venus’ flying locks in Botticelli’s painting and Penelope’s unending knitting of the scroll, awaiting Odysseus’ return. How effortlessly does Suparna straddle the three worlds of myth, folklore and surrealism is magical. Really.
– Sudhir Pant art, critic, journalist, artist
Reviews of Books
From every page of this volume emerges the personality of the writer as a perceptive and talented bi-media artist who knows and means what she writes. Her felicity of expression attracts re-reading of her poetic texts and re-viewing of her drawings.
– Mukund R. Dave, poet, critic, translator and Professor of English, Rajkot (India)… her surrealistic art is magnificent in this book. However, it is her realistic portrait of a young woman on page 52 that is so striking that I will always remember it. Her images are beautiful and moving.
– Small Press Review by Ruth Schuler, Editor, Prophetic Voices, California, USA
The sounds of modern voices are heard and the whispers of ancient sounds are overheard in these poems. The poet speaks in the first person; the reader hears third-person reverberations from the ancestral past. Suparna Ghosh is both poet and artist…Sandalwood Thoughts is her first book and a distinctive one at that.
– John Robert Columbo, author and anthologist, member, Order of Canada
Her work is fascinating, poignant and is often characterized by startling originality. She has a unique poetic voice and she uses it well.
Sandra Fowler, poet
Dots and Crosses
This is an epic poem about love and loss and love regained, about life and death and life regained, that knows no end… Dots and Crosses has a cyclic quality or dimension rare in contemporary art that leaves the reader and viewer with the sense that he or she has either read the words before or experienced the moods, feelings and situations they dramatize.
-John Robert Colombo, author and anthologist, member, Order of Canada
Images and Incantations, the subtitle, captures the visual projection and verbal echo of the paintings and the poetry. But what was most arresting for me was the treatment of the man and woman. Unlike usual images, the woman is the sun and the man the moon, not a common conception in the depiction of lovers.
– Ruth Schuler, Editor, Prophetic Voices, California, USA