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"It is difficult to name the day when I first
began painting. It is also not quite natural to lay down the theme and
content before taking to the career of an artist. A search for my
source of inspiration would take me back to my childhood. I would sit
on the lashing sea-shore of my home island and curiously watch one of
my uncles work wonders with water colour; or sit beside my grandmother,
a septuagenarian lady, and spend hours watching her sometimes working
at intricate embroidery or drawing colourful Alpana on the terrace.
rich temperate landscape of rural Bengal has not left me ever since.
Nor have I ever been able to overcome the charming world of fantasy
brought before me in my childhood. The fairy-tale world changes its
stride as the adult picks up experience from life. Impact of
contemporary social, political and economic environment, interactions
in day-to-day life have very naturally paved the way in building up my
realistic psyche . All these come into my work in fragments, and blend
with the lush flora where perhaps a solitary bird in full plumage
swings on a flimsy branch.
Religious themes too appear in a dreamlike
sequence. Realistic objects, incidents are often depicted in my
paintings and tell stories that are sweet yet mysterious. Amidst the
din of a campaign I am suddenly attracted by a lonely girl blowing
birthday balloons. The transparent and glistening balloon filled with
air reflects a fantastic world.
The interplay of lines and tones
interest me and I have always tried to use this style effectively in
all the mediums I have worked in so far."
Born in Barisal, Bangladesh, Amitabha Banerjee studied at the
Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta. He has had
several solo shows in India, America, Canada, and Bangladesh.
received the AIFACS* Award (All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society),
1976; the Birla Academy of Art and Culture Award (1978), and the Lalit
Kala National Award. His works are on display in the Lalit Kala
Akademi*, New Delhi; the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; and
the Birla Academy of Art* and Culture, Calcutta.
Art education: Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta, 1948.
Present Occupation: Free-Lance Artist.
exhibitions: Fifteen exhibitions in principal cities of India;
Waterloo; Toronto, Canada; North Dakota; and New York City
Group shows: Several shows in India, including participation in the National Exhibition.
Exhibition & group shows abroad: About seven International
Exhibitions in UK, Australia, East Germany, Amsterdam, New Delhi,
Bhopal, and Cuba.
Work shops: Participated in Graphic workshops in New Delhi, Santiniketan, U.S.A., Baroda, Bangalore etc.
Award: AIFACS; Group 8; Chandigarh Museum; Birla Acadmy and National Award.
Collection: National Gallery of Modern Art & Lalit Kala
Akademi, New Delhi; Library of Congress, Washington D C. Member of SCA
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