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  • Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharya
Born : In Calcutta, 1947.
Education :Graduated from Indian College of Art (R.B. University, Calcutta) in 1969.
Selected Solo Exhibitions :
• 2011 'Shuvaprasanna: Recent & Retrospective', Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad; Emami Chisel, Kolkata . • 2011 'Shuvaprasanna: Recent Works', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata • 2008 ‘Night Watch’, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi • 2007 ‘Madhura: The Golden Flute’, organized by Indian Contemporary at Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong • 2006 ‘Evocative Expressions: In Quest of Krishna’, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi • 2006 ‘The Divine Flute’, Aicon Gallery, USA • 2005 ‘The Golden Flute’, organized by Indian Fine Art at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai • 2004 ‘Lila’, organized by Art Indus, New Delhi at Shridharni Art Gallery, New Delhi • 2004 ‘The Divine Flute’, Gallery ArtsIndia, New York • 2002 ‘Icons and Illusions’, Gallery ArtsIndia, New York • 2000 ‘Shuvaprasanna’s Icon and Retrospective’, organized by Art Indus at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi • 2000 Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore • 1998 ‘An Appreciation of Ted Hughes’, Exhibition of Crow Paintings, British Council, Kolkata • 1995 Painters Home Gallery, Kolkata • 1994 Galerie Grewal Mohanjeet, Paris, France • 1993 ‘Metropolis’, Portraits of Calcutta, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata • 1992 Kunstverein, Ludwigsburg, Germany • 1992 Studio Helmi Prechter, Augsburg, Germany • 1991 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata • 1991 La Gallerie, Dhaka, Bangladesh • 1990 Indian Museum, Kolkata • 1990 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai • 1989 Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai • 1988 IDM Gallery, Munich, Germany • 1987 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata • 1985 Painters Home Gallery, Kolkata • 1983 Kreissparkasse, Ludwigsburg, Germany • 1983 Volkshochschule, Essen, Germany • 1981 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi • 1980 National Museum, Singapore • 1980 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi • 1979 Walburgischule, Werl, Germany • 1979 Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata • 1978 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi • 1977 Decor Art Gallery, Kolkata • 1976 Gallery Denbarg, Geneva, Switzerland • 1975 Gallery Atlantis, Aix-En-Provence, France • 1974 Gallery "Les Hirondelles" Geneva, Switzerland • 1973 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi • 1972 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata.
Selected Group Exhibitions :
• 2011 'Aureus 2011', Gallerie Navya, New Delhi • 2010 'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai • 2009 'Mark of Masters -2', Art and soul, Mumbai • 2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore • 2008 ‘India Splendor’, organized by Habiart Foundation at Singapore • 2007 Organized by Fiidaa Art at Singapore • 2007 Organized by Rangoli Art at Singapore • 2007 Organized by Artworld at Singapore • 2007 Organized by Mystic Inspiration at Dubai • 2006 Organized by Gallery at Positive at Singapore • 2006 Organized by Gallery Art Resource Trust at Singapore • 2005 Reflections Art Gallery, Hong Kong • 2004 ‘Parbon 2004’, organized by The High Commission of India in Dhaka, Real Concepts and MAA Consortium, Dhaka at Sheraton Hotel, Dhaka . • 1997 ‘Colors and Independence’, National Gallery of Modern Art (N.G.M.A), New Delhi. • 1996 ‘Autumn’, Exhibitions by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at New Delhi • 1995 Art from the Heart, Exhibition by the People for Animals, Bombay, Delhi . • 1992 ‘To Encounter Others’, Kassel . • 1991 Art for Spastics Auction Madras ‘The Downtrodden and We’, by Lalit Kala Akademi . • 1990 ‘300 Years of Calcutta’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture . • 1987 ‘Indian Drawings Today’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai • 1985 Graphic Art in India since 1950. • 1977 Gallery 26, New Delhi • 1975 Galerie Kunsthaus Stuttgart, Germany • 1971 Calcutta Painters, New Delhi • 1970 Calcutta Painters, Kolkata and Mumbai • 1969 Arts and Artists, Kolkata.
Joint Exhibitions :1997 With Shipra Bhattacharya, Art Today, New Delhi.
Participations :
• 2012 'Synergy 2012', 12th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai • 2010 'Summer Show 2010', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata • 2009 'Entity', Annual Exhibition, M.E.C Art Gallery, New Delhi • 2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi • 2003 6th EME Triennale Mondiale D’Estampes Petit Format 2003 in France • 1995 3rd International Biennale of Prints, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal . • 1993 Visited Germany, sponsorship of Inter Nationes • 1992 The Museum of Modern art, Sitama, Japan • 1991 Visited United States under auspices of the USIA • 1991 Visited England, sponsorship of the Brit. Council • 1990 2nd International Biennale, Ankara, Turkey • 1989 Centenary Invitees Show of Bombay Art Society, Mumbai • 1986 2nd International Biennale Havanna, Cuba • 1985 3rd Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh.
Honours and Awards :
• 1979 Awarded by All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi • 1978 Awarded by State Lalit Kala Academy, West Bengal • 1977 Awarded by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata.
Style :
The city of Kolkata has always figured prominently in his work. His themes come from his personal interactions with its urban milieu - its sickness and sordidness, its violence and vulnerability and all that compounds its existential agony. Shuvaprasanna has depicted varying moods of the city and its people, its places, and all its facets that make the city distinctive.
He doesn't merely portray reality as 'matter of fact' and his presentation of reality often has dream-like elements in it. In terms of technique, Shuvaprasanna boasts a precise, finely executed style that yields an unmistakable visual intensity. He works comfortably in an assortment of media, including oil on canvas, charcoal, and mixed media.
Shuvaprasanna's series of paintings, Icons and Illusions, marked a creative breakthrough for the artist in a number of ways. Whereas he had been known in the past as an urban artist with subject matter that reflected the byways, alleyways, birds, and people of his native Kolkata, in Icons and Illusions, he relished more in divinities and flowers. The iconic figures of Krishna, Radha, and Ganesha that found lyrical expression in the Icons series are modern representations and sophisticated idealizations of the same images in the popular media.
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