ABOUT ARTIST PRADIP SENGUPTA
I was born in the culturally & visually rich locales of West Bengal and that too with a leaning towards painting & arts. So, it wasn’t any surprise for my family and friends, when I decided to take painting as my career option and headed towards the world renowned university at Santiniketan, from where I passed out with a MFA degree in the year 2000. After having learnt the nuances of art from my Alma-mater, I ventured out of my home state to see the world and picture it on my canvases.And the world which I see is indeed the one from where I draw my inspirations…My paintings are the images of the world - as seen by my eyes. My experiences as the man of this society compel me to develop a visual language which talks about my reactions at various situations.
My journey from a small town in Bengal to the artistic atmosphere of Santiniketan and then to the busy and crowded life of Delhi, have had a deep impact on my life. All along the path of this journey I got the opportunity to experience life at different levels....the atmosphere changed with time and space.....but the emotions and experiences of a common man like me - the aspirations, struggles and achievements, the protests , grievances , damages - all remain unchanged.....
And all these emotions & reactions of a common man, form the subject of my paintings. Although they hold their roots in the real world, my paintings may appear imaginative or random fantasy, owing to my use of symbols.
In the present series, “Superman” & “Wish tree” for me symbolizes every common man’s dream to attain a supernatural power, to help him fulfill his wishes that are so much beyond his means in this real world. A man who dreams to get a special position for himself, and find it difficult to attain through his ordinary means, wishes to posses some superpower, be it a wish fulfilling tree or the power of a superman. In “The Golden Trap”, the small fish is a symbol of a person’s struggle & victory over the various difficulties & traps, which try to keep him away from his real destiny. My Painting, “The Incomplete Story”, is an attempt to glorify the life of people whose simple & ordinary lifestyle so powerfully hide their silent struggles, that their contributions are almost always ignored in the material world but they still remain happy & contended being the unsung heroes throughout their life.
Besides others, the image of a goat recurs in my work. This docile, meek animal holds special meaning to me as I can relate humans to goats. In “Home Sweet Home” the animal appears to show the struggle of a common man in finding a beautiful home for himself, while in “This is for now”, it shows that despite all the difficulties, how he hopes & believes that God has something beautiful in store for him, which is though now hidden, will be given to him one day.
And this is what I hope for too…
I must add that my works are autobiographical, perhaps like pages from a diary wherein the most intimate thoughts are narrated, at times with the help of figures and symbols and at times in a more abstract fashion. With this collection, I have come to share my experiences as a common man and will be very happy to get your views on the same.
1998 – 2000 MFA in Painting, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University,Santiniketan, West Bengal
1993 – 1998 BFA in Painting, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal
2015 Solo Show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2013 Solo Show at Azad Bhavan Art Gallery, ICCR, New Delhi
2010 Solo Show at Triveni Art Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam,New Delhi
2008 Solo Show at Triveni Art Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam,New Delhi
GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PARTICIPATIONS
Two man show at Red Dot Art Gallery, Ghaziabad
Participated in Group Exhibition of “Creative Wave” at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Group Exhibition organized by AIFACS, New Delhi.
Group exhibition “IMAGING SAI” at gallery ART POSITIVE,
New Delhi,curated by Mrs Sushma Bahl.
Two man show at Paintbrush & Chisel Art gallery, New Delhi.
Group Show at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
Annual Art exhibition of AIFACS, New Delhi
Group exhibition “ART SPOTTING” at gallery ART POSITIVE,
New Delhi,curated by Mrs Sushma Bahl
Group Show at Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath , Banglore
Group Show at Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Participation in Camlin Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow
Group Show at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Group Show organized by Suruchi Art Gallery, Noida
Group Show at AIFACS, New Delhi
Participation in Annual Art Exhibition, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
Group Show at Academy of Fine arts, Kolkata
Participation in Annual Camlin Art Exhibition at Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi
Group Show at Birla Academy of Fine Art and Culture, Kolkata
Group Show at Shenegao Art Gallery, Cochin, Kerala
Group Show at Dravidian Art and Performance Gallery, Cochin, Kerala
Group Show at Nandan Art Gallery, Santiniketan
2017 ArtCamp organized by “Srijana”,Faridabad,Haryana.
2010: Junior Artist camp organized by AIFACS, New Delhi
2010: ArtCamp organized by “Art Mall”, New Delhi.
2007: Art Camp organized by “Suruchi Art Gallery”, Noida
2007: Art Camp organized by “Creativity Connect”, Delhi at IFA, Modinagar
1993-2000: Participation in Art Camp, NANDAN MELA at Santiniketan
1998: Participated in Art Restoration Camp at Santiniketan
1993: Participated in Calligraphy Camp at Santiniketan
1993-2000: Merit Scholarship from Calcutta Foundation, Kolkata, West Bengal
1993-1995: Merit Scholarship from Kala Bhavan, Vishva Bharati University
1993-1998: Merit Scholarship from the Prime Minister of India, (under the Chancellor
merit scholarship scheme, Visva Bharati University)
2005: Camlin Award for Best Water color Painting
2000: Award for painting from N.T.P.C. Art College, Farakka, WestBengal
1999: Award for painting from N.T.P.C. Art College, Farakka, WestBengal
1992: International Award for Painting from the Government of Poland
Museum of sacred art , Belgium
Many private collections in India and abroad