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"Every Child is an Artist. The Problem is How to Remain an Artist once we Grow up"-Pablo Picasso.


Bikash Bhattacharjee

June 21, 1940, Calcutta


December 18, 2006, Calcutta


1958-63 Diploma in Fine Arts, Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Calcutta


2016 A passage to realism, Gallery 7, Mumbai
2016 Human Face and Urban Space, Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
2013 The Nude and the Nude The Body in Modern Indian Art, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012-13 Calcutta Chromosome, The Viewing Room, Mumbai
2011 Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 Unfolded Time, Kiran Nadar KNMA Art Museum, New Delhi
2010 Landscape of Figures - Part One, Aicon Gallery, New York
2010 Manifestations IV, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Bikash Bhattacharjee A Retrospective, Emami Chisel, Kolkata, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 Master Class, The Arts Trust, Mumbai
2009 Continuous Modern, Gallerie 88, Kolkata
2009 In Search of the Vernacular, Aicon Gallery, New York
2008 Moderns, Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan
2008 Stories, reflections and constructions, ITC Windsor, Bangalore
2008 Freedom 2008 - Sixty years after India's independence, CIMA International Modern Art Centre, Calcutta


2000 Bikash - 2000, CIMA International Modern Art Centre, Kolkata
1998 Reflections, Gallery 88, Calcutta
1998 Park Hotel, New Delhi
1997 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1994 Recent works, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1993 Gallery 88, Calcutta
1993 Hotel Oberoi, New Delhi
1992 Taj Art Gallery, Bombay
1991 Tribute, Victoria Memorial, Calcutta
1991 Kala Yatra, Bengaluru
1990 The Child, Gallery 88, Calcutta
1990 Durga II, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1989 Sabari, Gallery 88, Calcutta
1989 Durga, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1989 Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1987 Environs, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1987 Setting, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1987 Oil paintings by Bikash, Taj Hotel, Mumbai
1986 Ella, Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai
1986 Ella, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta.
1984 Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1982 Calcutta Art Gallery, Calcutta
1982 Chemould Gallery, Mumbai
1977 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
1976 Chemould Gallery, Mumbai
1974 Chemould Gallery, Mumbai
1973 United States Information Center, Calcutta
1971 Doll Series, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta and Kunika Chemould, New Delhi
1965 House of Art, Calcutta
1965 Tata Iron and Steel Company, Jamshedpur


1998 Multimedia, CIMA International Center of Modern Art, Calcutta
1997 Colors of Independence, National Gallery of Modern Art NGMA, New Delhi
1996 Chamatkara, Whiteleys Gallery, London, UK
1995 Fantasy, CIMA International Center of Modern Art, Calcutta
1994 Contemporary Miniatures, CIMA International Modern Art Center, Calcutta
1994 Group Exhibition, Indian Fine Arts and Crafts Society AIFACS, New Delhi
1993 Wounds, National Gallery of Modern Art NGMA, New Delhi and Calcutta.
1993 Trends and Images, CIMA International Center of Modern Art, Calcutta
1986 Visions, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1985 East-West Visual Encounter, Mumbai
1985 Gray Art Gallery, New York
1984 Retrospective, Bombay
1982 Contemporary Indian Art, Festival of India, Royal Academy of Arts, Calcutta
1982 India Myth and Reality, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC
1982 Seven Contemporary Artists, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1982 Contemporary Indian Art Exhibition, Germany
1981 Indian Paintings Today, Mumbai
1981 Four contemporary artists from West Bengal, Calcutta.
1980 Miniature format, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1978 Pictorial space, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1976 All India Drawing Exhibition
1975 All India Drawing Exhibition
1972 25 years of Indian art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1972 Exhibition in Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary.
1970 Exhibition in Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary.


1986 Festival of India, New York, Boston, Geneva, Moscow
1982 V International Triennial, New Delhi
1975 III International Triennial, New Delhi
1971 II International Triennial, New Delhi
1968 I International Triennial, New Delhi


2006 D.Litt, Kalyani University, West Bengal
Scholarship 2004, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2004 Lifetime Achievement Award, Doordarshan, Kolkata
1990 Nivedita Purashkar, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram
1989 Shiromani Puraskar, Asian Paintings
1988 Padma Shri, Government of India
1987 Bengali Ratna
1972 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1971National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1962 Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta



What humans have not seen with their eyes, they see through their habits.


Born in Calcutta in 1940, Bikash Bhattacharjee lost his father at a very young age. In 1963, he graduated from the Indian College of Art and Drawing. He joined the same university as a professor in 1968. In 1973, Bhattacharjee started teaching at the Government College of Arts and Crafts and taught there until 1982.


Bhattacharjee drew inspiration for his work from his early, dark days, where vivid images of his struggle (the crumbling walls of buildings and the crowds of people who lived there) wove certain magic in his mind.


His drawings constitute a fitting introduction to his paintings, revealing the artist's predilection for forms that are consistent in terms of tone rather than line. Bhattacharjee carefully expresses the textural effects of crayons, pastels, and pencils using the combination of lights and depths of passages constructed with different line intensities.


Improbable characters, both psychologically and physiologically, play a role on the canvas and dominate the oil paintings of it. However, his work is a powerful combination of realism and fantasy, where reality gets the ball rolling and fantasy helps the canvas take on a new reality.


His subject is always clear, recognizable, painted with fidelity to detail, and endowed with a dramatic sense. Feminine beauty is one of his main concerns. But he also creates a varied cast of characters on his canvases: old men, old women, children, and maids. The ability to create an authentic environment as a background for the characters enhances the drama.


Bhattacharjee's women are a strange mix of spirituality and sensuality. The painter's different moods are reflected in his different paintings. Sometimes flesh and blood figures become shadowy. While the women on his canvas are an abstraction, the men seem to live in their own world.


The artist explores the possibilities of oil as a medium and can depict the exact quality of curtains or the tone of a woman's skin, the peeling walls of an old building. He had also mastered capturing the quality of light, an effect that gives his work a superb realism and enigmatic quality. His love of cinema had a lot to do with this.


He creates a wide variety of characters in all walks of life, but his concern is feminine beauty. His use of artistic techniques in European Renaissance oil painting could be responsible for creating this illusion of reality. In fact, he leaves the viewer thinking, his canvases are disturbing and his paintings are an enigma that suggests that the mind is nothing more than a slave that must be followed.


Bhattacharjee is also known for his Calcutta cityscapes which he worked on when he was in his twenties.


He works with many mediums: oil on canvas, tempera, oil on board, pastels on board, watercolor, crayons, and pencil.


The artist died in 2006.


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