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Born in 1921 in a village called Barama in Chittagong, present day Bangladesh in 1921, Sonnath Hore had started making posters for the Communist party while he was still very young. . It was infact with the help of the leader of this party that he was admitted into the Government College of Art andCraft. Between the years 1954 to 1967, Hore handled a number of jobs in various capacities. From 1954 to 1958, he was a lecturer at the Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship in Kolkata. Thereafter, until 1967, he held posts such as the "in-charge of the Graphic section" at the Delhi College of Art, visiting faculty at the MS University in Baroda and the head of the Graphic Art department of Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati.. It was in 1960 that he became a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.

 

His sketches, sculptures and prints were a reaction to the major historical crises and events of 20th century Bengal such as the Bengal Famine of 1943 and the Tebhaga movement, In 1943, he visually documented the Bengal Famine and reported on it for the Communist Party magazine Jannayuddha.

 

Somnath Hore learned lithography and intaglio at the Government College of Art and Craft, Calcutta. He was regarded as one of the most premier printamkers of India by the 1950’s. The artist invented and developed various printmaking techniques of his own including his ffamous pulp print technique. His drawings and his Tebhaga series of woodcuts show the influence of Chinese Socialist Realism and German Expressionism. As he evolved further as an artist, hiw wroks, especially the human figures began to get more simplified. There was lesser and lesser emphasis on details. He thereafter evolved a unqiue style where contorted and suffering figures were created with a masterly use of line.

 

Somnath Hore was also a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan. He passed away in 2006.

 

Education

 

 1957 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata

 

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions

  2017 'Tea Garden Journal and other works', presented by Kerala Laithakala Akademi and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts at Durbar Hall Art Centre, Ernakulam

  2015 'Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection', Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York

  2013-14 'Transition', 20th Anniversary Show, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata

  2013 'Hunger', Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata

  2012-13 'Calcutta Chromosome', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

  2012 'Crossings: Time Unfolded, Part 2', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

  2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2011 'Bodies That Matter......', Art Heritage, New Delhi

  2011 'Somnath Hore: Prints, Drawings, Posters', The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata

  2010 'A Retrospective of Prints by Somnath Hore', Project 88, Mumbai

  2010 'Vahana', Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2009 'Modern Continuous', Galerie 88, Kolkata

  2009 'Wound', Aicon Gallery, London

  2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

  2008 The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata

  2008 ‘Freedom 2008 – Sixty Years of Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2007 'Agony & Ecstacy: Bronzes by Somnath Hore', Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Life and Art of Somnath Hore’, Project 88, Mumbai

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  1999 ‘Anguish Absorbed’, The Window, Mumbai

  1995 ‘Bronzes’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata

  1992 ‘Wounds, Somnath Hore’s Bronzes, Drawings and Prints’, organized by Seagull, Kolkata at Sukh Sagar, Kolkata

  1991 Kolkata

  1988 ‘Sculptures and Sketches’, organized by Kala Yatra at Sistas Art Gallery, Bangalore

  1973 Kunika-Chemould Gallery, New Delhi

  1968 Kolkata

  1967 New Delhi

  1965 New Delhi

  1963 New Delhi

  1961-62 Kolkata

  1960 New Delhi

  1957-58 Kolkata

  1956 Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2004 Manifestations II, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 Manifestations, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at World Trade Centre, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.

  1996 Contemporary Indian Paintings from the Chester and Davida Hertwitz Collection Part II, USA.

  1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) Gallery, Kolkata and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1991 National Exposition of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi.

  1986 ‘Visions’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

Participations

  1968 Warsaw Biennale of Graphic Arts, Poland

  1968 1st Triennale of World Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1966 International Association of Plastic Artists Exhibition., Tokyo and Kolkata

  1963 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

  1962 Venice Biennale, Italy.

 1960 Lugano International Graphics Biennale, Switzerland.

 

Honours and Awards

 

  2004 Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1984 Gagan-Abani Award, Kolkata

  1984 Professor Emeritus, Santiniketan

  1977 L. N. Gupta Memorial Award

  1963 National Award (Graphics) for ‘Dream’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1962 National Award (Graphics) for ‘Birth of a White Rose’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1960 National Award (Painting) for ‘Companions’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

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