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 Nikhil Biswas  (1930 - 1966)

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Born in 1930, Nikhil Biswas completed his diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata.  A founder of the Calcutta Group of Painters and the Society of Contemporary Artists, Kolkata, the late artist dealt with reality per se and portrayed images that showed the essential loneliness of the human spirit.  In the midst of the abstractionist wave that was influencing the artists of the '60s, Nikhil Biswas's work was a testimony to humanistic ethics. Filled as much with gestures of struggle or pain, as they were with the rebellion against the very suffering they depicted, the paintings were deeply related to his moods.

His quest for the root of our existence led him to a point where he felt that dehumanization became the natural order of things.  An admirer of Michelangelo, Biswas often couched his very contemporary concerns in the allegorical myths of both Europe and Asia.  Christ remained for him, a symbol of all humanity.

The European myth of the fight between bull and the horse also preoccupied him as being symbolic of instinctive violence and human clarity.  He was moved by the morbidity of the human mind and his works attempt to depict the truth in the background of eternal and universal values.   He removed himself from the decorativeness of contemplative Indian art. 

His monumental rolling pictures show his interest in murals.  With all its contemplation, his work is very powerful and intense.  Though concerned with having to earn his living, he was keen on creating a body of realistic art that was national in its scope and color.

Nikhil Biswas died in 1966.

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