Ashif Hossain hails from Kolkata and his paintings predominately dwell on life. He is a fine art graduate from the Government College of Arts, Kolkata.
Indian culture, its vibrant colours and the idea of secularism inspire the artist and the same is reflected in his artworks. The metropolitan cities of India stimulate his creative thought process and a lot his paintings depict this. Contrasting the modern with the past, inspiration is picked up from the everyday life around us – the infrastructure, the people and the busy chaotic lives of the cities. His works depict his thoughts on life and it’s past. His current muse is the Eternal City of Benares – one of the holiest cities in India, where pilgrims flock to the place to take a dip in the holy Ganges River, which is believed to absolve one from all sins.
Using acrylic paint, primarily black, brown and white with hints of blue and red, Ashif paints to reveal unique shades on his canvas. Brown and black is used together to give an antique look whereas white enhances the painting by giving it an open space. Blue and red hues add life to the painting by making the sepia/monochrome toned works more vibrant. Ashif masterfully uses acrylic paint to create stunning scenes of Benares in a multitude of shades.