In his works, nature comes out at its dreamy and evocative best. Born in Kolkata in 1913, Gopal Ghose is known the world over for his mastery of the medium of watercolour. Infact, he is often credited with raising the stature of watercolour within the genre of Indian art history..
He obtained a Diploma in Painting from Maharaja School of Arts and Crafts, Jaipur (1931-35). Following this, he went on to pursue a Diploma in Sculpture at Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras where he was the student of D.P. Roychowdhury, who was known for his realistic style in paintings and sculptures.
Ghose’s paintings are normally small in size, giving them a miniature quality with an impressionistic style. Nature was to him the primary and ultimate inspiration and he had an inexhaustible appetite for the painted landscape. Ghose's color sense was unique. He would occasionally mix two media such as watercolor and pastel; his palette favored gentle misty shades broken patches of sharp color.
Ghose passed away in 1990. Some of his works made it to the prestigious collections of the country including the Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
1956-72 Joined as teaching staff, Government College of Art and Craft (GCAC), Kolkata
1945 Taught Architecture Drawing, Faculty of Bengal Engineering College, Shivpur.
1940-45 Taught at Indian Society of Oriental Art (ISOA), Kolkata
1935-38 Diploma in Sculpture & was student of D P Roychowdhury, Government College of Art and Craft (GCAC), Chennai.
Became Art Teacher in BT Dept. of Scottish Church College, Kolkata.
1931-35 Diploma in Painting, Maharaja School of Arts & Crafts, Jaipur.
Studied at Anglo-Bengali College, Allahabad.
Selected Posthumous exhibitions
2013 'A Jubilant Quest for the Chromatic', presented by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and AkarPrakar, Kolkata at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai
2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2012-13 'Gopal Ghose: A Jubilant Quest for the Chromatic', Birth Centenary Exhibition presented by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi; Ministry of Culture, Government of India and AkarPrakar, Kolkata
2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore
2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead 2005 ‘Manifestations III’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery, Mumbai & New Delhi.
2004 ‘Manifestations II’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery, Mumbai & New Delhi.
2003 ‘Manifestations’, organized by Delhi Art Gallery, Mumbai & New Delhi.
1997 On 50th anniversary of Indian Independence, The Pre-¬Independence Years, Birla Academy of Art and Culture (BAAC), Kolkata
1995 ‘Retrospective’, Private Residence, Kolkata
1995 Birla Academy of Art and Culture (BAAC), Kolkata
1987 ‘Retrospective’, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata
1986,87 ‘Retrospective’, Art Heritage, New Delhi.
1986 ‘Trends in Bengal Art’, Commonwealth Institute, London.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1980 Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester.
1952 First Solo Exhibition, No. 1 Chowringhee Terrace, Kolkata
Selected Group Exhibitions
1947 All India Fine Art and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.
1940-47, Birla Academy of Art and Culture (BAAC), Kolkata
1979, 80 ‘Art of Bengal: Heritage of Bangladesh and Eastern India’, White Chapel Art Gallery, London.
1950 ‘Calcutta Group & Bombay Progressive Artists' Group, No. 1 Chowringee Terrace, Kolkata
Honours and Awards
1943 Founder member, Calcutta Group, Kolkata.
Joint Secretary, Academy of Fine Arts (AFA), Kolkata.
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