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Sarbari Roy Chowdhury View Artworks of Sarbari Roy Chowdhury Back to Artist

Born in 1933 in Ulpur (now Bangladesh), Sarbari Roy Chowdhury graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolata in 1956. He further studied under sculptors Prodosh Dasgupta and Sankho Chaudhuri at the M.S. University, Baroda. The artist also served as the Head of the Department of Sculpture at the Indian Art College Kolkata between 1960 and 1962.

 

Sarbari Roy Chowdhury is known for the unique mode of expressiveness that enters his works even though the works are pictorial in nature. His sculptures embody an eclectic sytntheis of the academic realism of the East and the more innovative cubism and abstraction of the West. Deeply influenced by Hindustani classical music, Chowdhury also explored the abstractive element of music through his works. Infact, music inspired him so much that he sought to create a visual language, a vvisual syntax for music thorugh his works. A lot of influence on his style can be credited to his visit to Academia de Belle Arti, Florence in 1962 where he met Giacometti and Henry Moore in person.

 

Surbari Roy Chowdhury won several awards including the Gagan – Abani Puraskar from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan in 2004 and the Abanindra Puraskar from the Government of West Bengal in 2005.

 

He has exhibited his work widely at both solo and group shows in India .

 

The artist passed away in 2012.

 

 

Education

  1962 Higher studies at the Academia de Belle Arti, Florence

  1957-1960 Advanced Work under Prodosh Dasgupta and Sankho Chaudhuri, Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

  1957 Government of India Cultural Scholarship

  1956 First Class Diploma, Sculpture, Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata

Exhibitions

  2012-13 'Contours and Volumes',...

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions

  2012-13 'Contours and Volumes', to celebrate the Centenary Year of the Prodosh Das Gupta and 80th Year of Sarbari Roy Chowdhury at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2009 Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka

  2009 'Sensibility Objectified – The Sculptures of Sarbari Roy Chowdhury', in association with Lalit Kala Akademi at Akar Prakar, Kolkata

  1999,2000 Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1986 Sakshi Gallery, Chennai

  1980 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1980 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

  1977 Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi

  1965 New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2008 'Freedom: Sixty Years after Indian Independence', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata; Museum Gallery, Mumbai

  2008 '‘Rhythm: A Visual Harmony', organized by Esperance, at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  2007 '12 Masters', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 'Nirmiti', Akar Prakar, Kolkata

  2003 'Art of Bengal', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1990,91 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1989 'Head', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1977 New Delhi

Joint Exhibitions

  2006 With Saurav Roy Choudhury at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

Participations

  2010 'Summer Show 2010', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1988 'Indo-Japan Sculptors' camp, Baroda

  1965 Paris Biennale, Paris organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1953 All India Sculpture Exhibition, New Delhi

 

Honours and Awards

 

  2005 ‘Abanindra Puraskar’ by the Government of West Bengal

  2004 'Gagan-Abani Puraskar', by Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, Kolkata

  1998 'Shiromani Puraskar', by Asian Paints

  1977 National FIE Foundation, Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra

  1968 Honourable Mention at I Triennale, New Delhi

  1962 Italian Government Scholarship for study at Academia de Belle Arti, Florence, Italy

  1959 Government of India Cultural Scholarship, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda

  1957 Government of India Cultural Scholarship

  1956 Gold Medal, Government College of Arts and Craft, Kolkata

  1953 Government Award, All India Sculpture Exhibition, New Delhi

 

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