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One of India’s foremost contemporary painters, Ganesh Pyne’s works are a manifestation of his deep and rather intense engagement with the nature of existence, an engagement that takes him into the innermost recesses of his imagination and consciousness. And in his quest for giving expression to this dilemma and pain of existence, the artist takes inspiration from the rich repository of Bengali folklore and mythology.

Born in Kolkata, Ganesh Pyne was bought up in a decaying mansion. He was also bought up on a rather rich repository of mythological stories ad fairy tales narrated to him by his grandmother. He doesn't remember the first time he started to paint, but does remember the anger that he drew from his family over his decision to become an artist. Pyne, nevertheless, took admission in the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata.

However, sometime in the 80s, he shut himself from the world, driven away by the jealousy and pettiness that the art bazaar arose among his friends. Initially, Pyne painted watercolors and sketches of misty mornings and wayside temples, variously influenced as he was by Walt Disney and the art of Abanindranath Tagore. He counts Hals Rembrandt and Paul Klee as the other influences. But eventually he evolved his signature style which was shaped by his own experiences of solitude, pain, horror, alienation and moods of tenderness and serenity.

In his works, the lines are bold, precise, controlled and the drawings that emerge are potent both in form and content. Stripped of color, they convey the architectonic quality in the structuring of the images.

Equally devoted to cinema as he is to painting, Pyne has also drawn inspirations from movies made by Fellini and Ingmar Bergman. Today, he is known as the foremost exponents of the Bengal School of art.

The artist passed away in 2013.

 

Education

1959 Government College of Arts and Craft, Kolkata Exhibition

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions

2014 'Germinal', presented by Sanchit Art, New Delhi at India Art Fair, New Delhi

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

2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2013 'A Tribute to Ganesh Pyne', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 'His Mahabharta', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2006 'An Enchanted Space: The Private World of Ganesh Pyne', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2005 'Ganesh Pyne: A Pilgrim in the Dominion of Shadows', a retrospective presented by Galerie 88, Mumbai at The Museum Gallery, Mumbai

2000 Exhibition of Drawings on Mahabharata 1967 to 1987at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

1998 ‘Ganesh Pyne : A Retrospective 1952-1998’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1994 ‘Sketches’, The Village Gallery, New Delhi

1992 ‘Jottings’, The Gallery, Kochi

1991 ‘Jottings’, The Village Gallery, New Delhi

1990 Exhibition of Illustrations for book on Wajid Ali Shah, Galerie 88, Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012 'Diva', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

2012 'Extending the Line', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2011 'Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata

2010 'Yeh Image Mahan: India meets Bharat', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2010 'Paper Trails', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010 'Image and Symbol: Painters Perception', Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

2010 'Symbols and Metaphors', Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2009 'Modern Continuous', Galerie 88, Kolkata

2009 'Master Class', The Arts Trust, Mumbai

2009 'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London

2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore

2008 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2008 'Tales, Reflection and Constructs', ITC Windsor, Bangalore

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

2007 'Indigenous Modernity Various Trends', An Exhibition of Paintings by Senior Artists of West Bengal, Dedicated to the Memory of Bikash Bhattacharya at Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

2007 ‘Tales, Reflection & Constructs’, organized by Galerie 88, Kolkata at ITC Windsor, Bangalore

2006-07 ‘Inventing / Inverting Traditions’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London

2005 ‘Special Works’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2005 ‘Drishti’, Bodhi Art, Singapore

2004 ‘Portraits of A Decade’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2004 ‘Face-to-Face – 19th Century to Contemporary Portraiture’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2003 ‘Portraits of A Decade’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2003 ‘Art of Bengal – A Vision Defined’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2003 ‘Art of Bengal – A Vision Defined’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2002 ‘Brahma to Bapu – Icons and Symbols in Indian Art’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2002 ‘Brahma to Bapu – Icons and Symbols in Indian Art’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2001 ‘Art of Bengal Past and Present’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2001 ‘Art of Bengal Past and Present’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

2001 ‘Works on Paper’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

2000 ‘Shatabadi’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2000 ‘Shatabadi’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1998 ‘Multimedia’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1997 ‘Image-Beyond Image’, Contemporary Indian Painting from the collection of the Glenbarra Art Museum, Japan, exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi ; Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata; Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

1997 ‘Color of Independence’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata in associastion with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

1997 ‘Tryst with Destiny – Art from Modern India’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and Singapore Art Museum, Singapore in association with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi at Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

1996 ‘Chamatkara – Myth and Magic in Indian Art’, Whitley’s Art Gallery, London

1996 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’, Sotheby’s, London

1996 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’, Sotheby’s, New York

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

1995 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’, Sotheby’s, New York

1995 ‘The Tree of my Life’, The Village Gallery, New Delhi

1995 ‘Indian Contemporary Paintings’, Christie’s, London

1993 ‘Trends and Images’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

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

1993 ‘Reflections and Images’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

1993 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1990 Galerie 88, Kolkata

1989 Galerie 88, Kolkata

1989 ‘Self Portraits’, New Delhi

1989 ‘Timeless Art’, The Times of India Sesquicentennial, Mumbai

1988 Galerie 88, Kolkata

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

1986 ‘Indische Kunst Heute’, Darmstadt, Germany

1982 ‘Indische Kunst Heute’, Darmstadt, Germany

1982 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Festival of India, Royal Academy of Arts, London

1982 ‘Modern Indian Paintings’, organized by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) at Hirschorn Museum, Washington D.C.

1980 ‘Indian Painting Today’, Mumbai

1975 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’, Germany

1972 ’25 Years of Indian Art’, New Delhi

1970 Exhibition in aid of Menuhin School of Music, Royal Academy of Arts, London

1970 ‘Group Show’, Germany

1969 ‘Indian Painters ‘69’, Kolkata

1968 ‘World Youth Festival’, Prague

1961 Birth Centenary of Rabindranath Tagore, Kolkata

1957 Commemorative Exhibition 1957, First Indian Struggle for Independence, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Participations

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

2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

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

2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi  2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

1980 ‘Contemporary Art of India’, Japan

1980 ‘Modern Asian Art’, Glenbarra Art Museum, Japan

1978 ‘Modern Asian Art’, Glenbarra Art Museum, Japan

1975 ‘International Festival of Paintings’, France

1975 ‘International Festival of Arts’, Cagnes-Sur-Mer

1971 II International Triennale, New Delhi

1970 Paris Biennale, Paris

1968 International Triennale, New Delhi   2016 Two Faces of Bengal Modernism GANESH PYNE & LALU PRASAD SHAW, New Delhi

 

Honours and Awards

 

2011 Raja Ravi Varma Award from the Kerala Government

2009 D.Litt (Honarary), Netaji Subhash Open University, Kolkata

2008 Life Time Achievement Award, Star Ananda, Kolkata

2004 Abainindra Purashkar, Government of West Bengal

2003 D.Litt (Honoris Causa), Kalyani University

1997 Gagan Abani Puroskar, Visva Bharati

1985 Shiromani Puroskar, Asian Paints, Kolkata

1978 Artist of the Year, Sangeet Shyamala, Kolkata

1973 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

1957 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

1956 Calcutta Art Society, Kolkata

1955 Government College of Arts and Craft, Kolkata

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