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Arnab Basu

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About Artist

A self-taught artist with a background in structural engineering, Arnab Basu has established a distinct style of his own that is the hallmark of all true artists. The meditative ambience created with earthy colours ...

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A self-taught artist with a background in structural engineering, Arnab Basu has established a distinct style of his own that is the hallmark of all true artists. The meditative ambience created with earthy colours draws the viewer into the heart and soul of his paintings.
Emerging from the twilight borders between waking and dreaming , each work creates, a world where the real and unreal fuse together in liquid harmony.
A much-travelled artist, Arnab’s works reflect the entire spectrum of influence ranging from Oriental tribal motifs to European surrealism.


Wide range of the works depicts profound influence of European Surrealism as well as primitive tribal art, the figures evolving from the contemporary Indian context to pristine African art. It can be classified as “abstract figurative”, with the elements being disintegrated and then reconstructed in an unique way in the form of individual sections or plains, juxtaposed upon one another to give an overall three dimensional effect.

The figures, to some extent, are structured and heavy and have an original approach of detailing on their body. The motifs inscribed are primarily degenerated and then fused together in a fluid harmony, producing a rich texture which is remarkably individualistic on its own.

The same philosophy is reflected in the approach towards the application of paints in oils, where the colors are placed in thin transparent layers one upon the other, sometimes with a mystic effect, which may be called as “cosmic bubble effect” generally in the backgrounds particularly in oil on canvases.



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  • About Artist

    A self-taught artist with a background in structural engineering, Arnab Basu has established a distinct style of his own that is the hallmark of all true artists. The meditative ambience created with earthy colours draws the viewer into the heart and soul of his paintings.
    Emerging from the twilight borders between waking and dreaming , each work creates, a world where the real and unreal fuse together in liquid harmony.
    A much-travelled artist, Arnab’s works reflect the entire spectrum of influence ranging from Oriental tribal motifs to European surrealism.


    Wide range of the works depicts profound influence of European Surrealism as well as primitive tribal art, the figures evolving from the contemporary Indian context to pristine African art. It can be classified as “abstract figurative”, with the elements being disintegrated and then reconstructed in an unique way in the form of individual sections or plains, juxtaposed upon one another to give an overall three dimensional effect.

    The figures, to some extent, are structured and heavy and have an original approach of detailing on their body. The motifs inscribed are primarily degenerated and then fused together in a fluid harmony, producing a rich texture which is remarkably individualistic on its own.

    The same philosophy is reflected in the approach towards the application of paints in oils, where the colors are placed in thin transparent layers one upon the other, sometimes with a mystic effect, which may be called as “cosmic bubble effect” generally in the backgrounds particularly in oil on canvases.



  • Academics

    Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, 1989
    Master of Engineering from BITS Pilani, 1995

  • Exhibitions

    Solo Shows
    1. ‘Recent Works of Arnab Basu’ at Bodhi Tree Monastery of Art, Kolkata, December 2009.
    2. ‘Dreams - Solo Exhibition of Recent Works of Arnab Basu’ at The Promenade Lounge at Taj Bengal, Kolkata, February 2010.

    Sponsored Group Shows
    1. ‘Buddha’ at The Tenshin Okakura Gallery, (The Japan Foundation) New Delhi, organized by Aditya’s Centre for Art Gallery at New Delhi, June 2009.
    2. ‘Timeless Treasure’, organized by Art Elements Gallery at Crowne Plaza Hotel (New Delhi), April 2009.
    3. ‘Tangent Flow’ organized by Mukta Shilpa at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, December 2008
    4. Group Show at Sahiil Art Gallery, organized by Art Vasti at Mumbai, July 2008
    5. ‘Exploring an Entity’, organized by Art Vasti at Mumbai, April 2008
    6. ‘Devi Durga’ at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata, October 2007
    7. Group Show at Charnock City Art Gallery, Kolkata, November 2006
    8. Group Show at Charnock City Art Gallery, Kolkata, August 2006
    9. Group Show at Proscenium Art Gallery, Kolkata, November 2003
    10. ‘First Light’ organized by CHITRA-BHAS, at Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata, November 2003
    11. ‘Freedom’ at Galerie La Mere, Kolkata, August 2003
    12. Group Show for La Mere Annual, at Galerie La Mere, Kolkata, January 2003

    Institutional Shows
    1. 10th Eastern Region Art Exhibition 2009 organized by Camelart Foundation, at ICCR, Kolkata, November 2009
    2. Indian Academy of Fine Arts (Amritsar) at Amritsar, April 2008
    3. Annual Show at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, January 2005
    4. 46th National Art Exhibition, organized by Lalit Kala Academy (New Delhi) at TDM Hall, Kochi, February 2004

    Self Organized Group Shows
    1. ‘ICONS 2008’ at Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai, March 2008
    2. ‘Contemporary Bengal in Different Strokes’, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, September 2006
    3. ‘Confluence’ at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, November 2003
    4. Group Show at Metropolitan Art Salon, Kolkata, May 2003
    5. Group Show at Metropolitan Art Salon, Kolkata, March 2003

    Workshops and Art Fairs
    1. The Culture Collection at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai, September 2009
    2. Workshop for Tsunami Relief Fund at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, 2006

  • Award & Recognition

    • 1st in Oil painting, professional category in eastern India, organized by Camelart Foundation, Mumbai, 2009.
    • 1st in Caricature, professional category, organized by Trade Fair authority of India, New Delhi, 1988.
    • National award in Caricature in Annual National Competition organized by Hindusthan Times, Mumbai, 1987.
    • Third in painitng in Eastern Zone organized by World wild Life Fund organization, 1985.

    Collections: Private Collections in India, USA, UK, Dubai.

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