This is an artist whose works, to put it in his own words, play around the deep, darker recesses of complex human mind. We are referring to Sanat Kar. We take a quick look at his career graph and work courtesy Galerie88.
- Sanat Kar was born in Kolkata in 1935. He received his diploma in painting from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta in 1955 and played a major role in the formation of the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1960. He joined Graphics department, Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati in 1978 and later become the principal of that institute.
- Sanat Kar began experimenting with intaglio printmaking method in the early '60s. It was a self-taught process. His experimentation and innovation in printmaking has been widely recognized. He is also credited with the innovation of cardboard intaglio. As Zinc was becoming too costly a material he began working first with wood blocks, then moved on to plywood and finally Sun‐mica and engraving on cardboard.
- The artist successfully transposed the characteristics of works on metal plates to his wood blocks while retaining the specific characteristics of the wood surface. Besides intaglio, Kar has created a series of tempera paintings and bronze sculptures.
- He received AIFACS award, New Delhi in 1973 and West Bengal State Academy Award in 1993, among others. His work has featured in the Festival of India in USA, Japan, Soviet Union, British International Print Biennale, Fourth International Print Show in Poland and Berlin Intergrafik. Sanat Kar lives and works in Santiniketan.
- His thought-provoking works are primarily surrealistic having a curious dream‐like appearance. His figures exude innocence and the charm of poetry. Birth and death, the beginning and the end of the cycle of life hold endless fascination for Kar, as does the grotesque and the macabre. Grainy textural surfaces, doodled lines create their own visual magic in his work.