Ganesh Haloi


Ganesh Haloi is one of India’s most accomplished abstractionists. The artist has devoted several decades to the activation of the non – representational painted surface. Ganesh Haloi’s paintings invariably encode an elegy for the loss of landscape; in their kaleidoscopic evocation of rivers and hills, marshes and lakes, redolent of the artist’s childhood in East Bengal, they speak again and again of the cartographies of a homeland that can be recovered only in longing. Haloi’s gouaches and watercolours are lyrical hymns to nature. Haloi’s art transits between the moods of festivity and pensiveness: in its festive aspect, it celebrates the self’s dissolution in the cosmic panorama; but in more pensive mood, it communicates the difficulty of crafting symbols with which to sign of the struggle against the treacheries of experience.