Mobile hawker with plenty of colourful goods

Women gossip in a flood of colours

Masculine personification with a bright colour turban

Pride of selling colours on the street

Exuberance of colour in India’s fashion bazar

My origin is from a country of colours. My paintings define my Indian origin with a profusion of colours used with total irreverence, without any kind of discipline of colour usage that is so prevalent in Western countries. Colour drives every aspect of daily life in Indian society, from life to death.

In spite of this riot of colours, my collectors find Western artistic discipline in the structure of my abstract paintings with hidden figuratives in them.

India’s 1.5 billion people abundantly, and in total freedom, use colours without any worry of disturbing any social order or system. That’s because colour is embedded in Indian culture, brightness is the key. Colour is a part of inclusiveness which has no dogma of good and bad. How India’s heritage of colour has influenced me is evident in the 5 examples here


When India was partitioned 1947 to create Pakistan, a new country for Muslims, about 20 million people of Bengal and Punjab were displaced and brutally victimized. Sen’s wealthy, literate family had huge landed property in erstwhile East Bengal, the present Bangladesh, which was carved out to be East Pakistan for Muslims. So for being Hindus Sen’s family was overnight evicted from their home. Without taking any possessions, they fled for their lives amidst people warring over religion, and so became squatted refugees in West Bengal.