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Susmit Biswas

Susmit Biswas’s essays in portraiture reveal him as an irrepressible innovator, consistently defying conventional expectations about what a portrait is supposed to look like, always avoiding the formulaic approach and offering instead a radically purified approach to the genre. By dint of a series of progressive, he has distilled portraiture to its irreducible core. In some of his works no element of the sitter is immediately discernible and yet they bristle with emotional expressiveness without resorting to the artful or the slick or the pedantic.

He seeks out subjects with a highly cultivated sense of themselves as characters: those who can collaborate with him in the creation of a performance. At other times, though, he dismantles his sitters’ carefully crafted personae, portraying them instead as they might not have wished or expected to be seen.