New Media Art using multiple programmes and computers, artist Ronnie Patel has established a style of his own, self-named as FLOWART. He is probably the first and the only one to do so. The photographs he transforms, again using multiple computers are also taken by him, mostly on the iPhone camera.
Exhibitions over the years in Bombay, Calcutta, Manila, Tallinn and lastly Berlin (Gallery Makowski, Gendarmenmarkt) April/May 2016.
He holds the largest collection of Indian Contemporary Art of the late Biren (signature Biren) Choudhury's last seven years of life...
Album: WORKS OF LATE BIREN CHOUDHURY (ORIGINAL -- Signed) Oil on Canvas, sizes are approximate, paintings are in exhibition frames in woodOil on Canvas, sizes are approximate, paintings are in exhibition frames in wood.
This collection represents the last seven years of Biren Choudhury's life till 2009. Born in Assam, he painted from a very young age and settled down in Calcutta, where he taught art in the Art Academy and privately. To eke out a living, he mostly worked commissioned by the gentry on paintings of Hindu Gods & Goddesses, as well as family portraits, but for a pittance and barely scraped a living.
I met him as a private curator of fine arts in 2002 when he told me that he had never been able to paint what he wanted, because he had to constantly worry about his family's next meal and he could only provide that painting what he did.
Not knowing what he was capable of producing, but instantly drawn to his sincerity, I asked him how much he would need every month to sustain his family -- there, too, he seemed honest. I offered him that amount on the one condition that he painted whatever he wanted, as much as he could -- and, I would also buy two paintings a month.
"Biren's work is strikingly different in the Indian Contemporary Art scene; unpretentious it sticks out for its simplicity, yet demonstrates a remarkable sensitivity to subject, colour, composition, rhythm and frame ... well executed."
-- Herrad Schorn
Art Historian: Christie's, Dusseldorf on her visit
BIREN'S WOMEN: one evening's Private Exhibition of 28 Paintings at Astor Calcutta 04 April 2005 -- sold 13 paintings. Biren's statement at the end of the show, "Ronnie, I have never felt so rich -- thank you!"
-- Ronnie PatelFrom: Ronnie Patel