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Paritosh Sen View Artworks of Paritosh Sen Back to Artist

In his formative years, he was inspired by the multitude of characters in his neighbourhood. His imagination was constantly fuelled and stimulated by the various characters that inhabited his village. His visual eye discerned the esoteric in them and enabled him to develop a style that eventually would set the tone for a distinct adaptation of European modernism to an Indian context, a unique ethos Indian figures being created through the structuralism of the global.

Paritosh Sen was born in Dhaka in Bangladesh in 1918. A painter, illustrator, tutor and writer, he has been an integral part of the world of Indian art for almost four decades now. He secured a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai . In 1942, he moved to Calcutta and subsequently formed the Calcutta Group in 1943 alongwith other artists. He left for Paris in 1949 to study further. He attended art classes at various institutes there including the renowned Ecole des Beaux Arts. Meeting Picasso remains a landmark in his life.

Paritosh Sen wrote on art in leading English and Bengali journals. In 1986, he wrote and illustrated a story in English that was published by National institute of Design, Ahmedabad. In 1999, his biographical film, ‘One Day in the Life of a Celebrity’ was broadcast by Doordarshan, Calcutta.

His style of representation is influenced by his exposure to Western Modern Art, and has traces of Cubism. He uses two dimensional, structural planes but stil l creates an illusion of voluptuousness.

In the course of his career, Sen's style of painting has undergone many changes. From the stylized to the voluminous, expressionist figures, he has traversed a long way. But there are continuities. For example, the drawing with bold, vigorous strokes, the use of volume m the figuration and sharp irony have been impressive elements in his work. Since 1991, his work has become more sensuous and he uses more exuberant colors.

He lives and works in Calcutta.



1949-54 Studied at Paris at Andre Lhote’s School, Academy Grand Chaumier, Ecole des Beaux Arts ( Mural Painting) and at Ecole des Louvre (History of painting), Paris

1936-40 Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai  

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  

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

 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 'Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta

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

  2010 AkarPrakar, Kolkata

 2010 'Figure/Landscape: Part One', Aicon Gallery, New York

2010 'Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai', Nehru Centre, Mumbai

2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010 'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai

2010 'Essential, Eclectic,...Ephemeral', The Harrington Mansions, Kolkata

2009 'Modern Continuous', Galerie 88, Kolkata

2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead

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

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

 2008 ‘Paritosh at 88’, Project 88, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Paritosh at 88’, Galerie 88, Mumbai

  2002 ‘Retrospective’, Artworld, Chennai

  2002 ‘Retrospective’, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

  2001 ‘Mini Retrospective Show’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1998 ‘Works on Paper’, Lakereen Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1992 ‘Acrylics as Water Colors’, The Village Gallery, New Delhi

  1991 ‘Instant Images’, The Village Gallery, New Delhi

  1989 ‘Self Portraits’, The Village Gallery, New Delhi

  1973 Gallery Sanskriti, New Delhi

  1967 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  1965 Gallery Chemould, Kolkata

  1962 London

  1950 Brussels

Selected Group Exhibitions  

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

 2008 'Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

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

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

2007 ‘Colors of Art’, Presented by Galerie Sara Arakkal and Gallery Art Resource Trust at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 ’12 Artists’, Presented by AkarPrakar at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1992 ‘Confluence ‘92’, Kolkata

  1984 Four Indian Partners, Stockholm, Sweden

  1972 Four Indian Partners, Pittsburgh, USA

  1951 Calcutta Group – Progressive Art Group (PAG) Joint Exhibition, Kolkata

  1944 First Calcutta Group Exhibition, Services Club, Kolkata

Joint Exhibitions  

  2006 With Tyeb Mehta, Gallery One, London


  1986 2nd Havana Biennale, Cuba

  1965 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

 1965 The Commonwealth Arts Festival, London


Honours and Awards

  2004 Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1999 AbanGaganPuruskar, Viswabharti University, Santiniketan

  1998 HirachandDugar Award, Kolkata

  1998 Smt. Bijoya Chakraborty Smriti Puraskar, Kolkata

  1998 Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata

  1997 Outstanding Citizen Award from The English Speaking Union

  1996 Kalidas Nag Award

  1995 West Bengal State Lalit Kala Prize for Achievement in Art

  1991 Conferred Hony. Doctor of Literature, University of Burdwan, West Bengal

  1986 Conferred Fellowship, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

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