Saturday, June 1, 2013

Milestones in a master artist’s career

Born in 1921in Baroma of Chittagong district, this internationally acclaimed sculptor-printmaker did a diploma in Fine Arts, Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata (1957). He taught at Indian Art College and Delhi Polytechnic before joining the Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan apart from serving as a Visiting Lecturer at M. S. University of Baroda.

He received several prestigious awards including the Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar (2004); L. N. Gupta Memorial Award (1977); the National Award in Painting in 1960 at LKA, Delhi; the National Award in Graphics (1962, 1963); and the Rabindra Bharati University Award among others, apart from being awarded Padma Bhushan (posthumously).

Among his selected posthumous shows are 'Hunger', Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata (2013); 'Calcutta Chromosome', The Viewing Room, Mumbai (2012-13); 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi (2012); ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery (2011); 'Bodies That Matter......', Art Heritage, Delhi (2011); 'Somnath Hore: Prints, Drawings, Posters', The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata (2011); 'A Retrospective of Prints', Project 88, Mumbai (2010); 'Vahana', Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai (2010); 'Modern Continuous', Galerie 88, Kolkata (2009); 'Wound', Aicon Gallery, London (2009); and a major showcase of Indian art at Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan courtesy LKA, Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India (2008).

More than five decades ago, solo exhibitions of his works were held across different art centers of India including Kolkata (1968, 1956, 1961-62), and New Delhi (1960) apart from participations at Warsaw Biennale of Graphic Arts, Poland in 1968; 1st Triennale of World Art, LKA, Delhi in the same year; International Association of Plastic Artists Exhibition, Tokyo and Kolkata (1966); Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil (1963); Venice Biennale (1962); and Lugano International Graphics Biennale, Switzerland (1960).

His recent noteworthy group exhibitions include ‘Manifestations II’, at Delhi Art Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2004); Manifestations (2003) at World Trade Centre, Mumbai; Contemporary Indian Paintings from the Chester & Davida Hertwitz Collection Part II, USA (1996).

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