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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Retrospective for Kumkum Majumdar

Sunday March 7, 2010 is the opening of a Retrospective of the life and art of Huntington Artist, Kumkum Majumdar. The reception is being held a The Renaissance Art Gallery, 900 8th Street, Suite #20 in Huntington, WV. This is the old Huntington High School building, ground floor.

The reception is from 2-4 PM and is open to the public.

On display are over 40 pieces of artwork from watercolors to oils but focusing on Kumkum signature Batik pieces. Batik is a wax resist dying process and she worked on 100 % silk. Many of the works on display are from the family’s private collection and are not usually on public display. This will be last time most of these pieces will be put on public display. In addition to these are many of her scarves, prints and cards.

Kumkum Majumdar

Born August 26, 1946, died September 17, 2009.

An artist by heart, she always tried to create beauty in art form, either on canvas or in fabric. Color combination and cubist style were her specialty. Her paintings were a true picture of her inner fillings. She chose to concentrate on Batik, an ancient art of wax resist dying of cloth. She decorated both wearable and non-wearable silk fabrics.
She studied at the prestigious University Visva Bharati, Santiniketan, India to receive her undergraduate degree in Fine Art and continued studies to receive a post diploma in Fine Art. She also took courses at Marshall University in Commercial Art.

After marriage fine art was put on hold for a more important task. She devoted herself to the raising of her two sons. As such the space for art went empty for 20 years. After rearing her sons, she devoted the much of her time to the development of her art. Her work is in both public and private collection both in India and the USA. She is a showcase artist at Tamarack and an important member of the Renaissance Art Gallery, in Huntington, WV. She also taught Batik, so leaves a legacy of artists behind her.

Her life was a song to the importance of generosity, family, love, devotion and beauty.

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