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Arpita Basu

Kolkata, India 3 Followers

About Artist

Arpita's favourite medium is the watercolour. Her earlier work was on silk but she has gradually moved to working on paper. She devotes time to preparing the paper, layering it with hand-made rice paper to achieve a f...

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Arpita's favourite medium is the watercolour. Her earlier work was on silk but she has gradually moved to working on paper. She devotes time to preparing the paper, layering it with hand-made rice paper to achieve a fine texture. Arpita lives and works in Kolkata, in West Bengal, and is deeply rooted in the traditions, mores, culture and social life of Bengal.

In Bengal, the Kantha tradition has seen a revival in recent years. The Kantha is a quilt. About three centuries ago in Bengal women would gather around at the end of the day and stitch together old saris to make soft quilts. The coloured borders of these hand-woven saris were unpicked and the colored threads extracted. The women used the coloured thread to decorate the Kantha. Initially the designs were purely decorative. Soon they became pictorial and narrative, the women using the Kantha as a canvas to paint what they saw around them “birds and plants and animals and people. The British soldier on his horse, the sahib going hunting, the woman travelling in a palanquin. The Kantha became a social commentary on the times. And because each woman worked on one part of the Kantha these stories appeared along the perimeter of the Kantha in a circular manner. Arpita uses the ethos of the Kantha in her work. Her paintings are most often in the round, and tell stories, being a commentary on the social and everyday life of Bengal today.

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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    Arpita's favourite medium is the watercolour. Her earlier work was on silk but she has gradually moved to working on paper. She devotes time to preparing the paper, layering it with hand-made rice paper to achieve a fine texture. Arpita lives and works in Kolkata, in West Bengal, and is deeply rooted in the traditions, mores, culture and social life of Bengal.

    In Bengal, the Kantha tradition has seen a revival in recent years. The Kantha is a quilt. About three centuries ago in Bengal women would gather around at the end of the day and stitch together old saris to make soft quilts. The coloured borders of these hand-woven saris were unpicked and the colored threads extracted. The women used the coloured thread to decorate the Kantha. Initially the designs were purely decorative. Soon they became pictorial and narrative, the women using the Kantha as a canvas to paint what they saw around them “birds and plants and animals and people. The British soldier on his horse, the sahib going hunting, the woman travelling in a palanquin. The Kantha became a social commentary on the times. And because each woman worked on one part of the Kantha these stories appeared along the perimeter of the Kantha in a circular manner. Arpita uses the ethos of the Kantha in her work. Her paintings are most often in the round, and tell stories, being a commentary on the social and everyday life of Bengal today.

  • Academics

    M.V.A Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
    1992

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2010 Vikalp Art Shop Swabhumi, Kolkata

    2010 Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore

    2009 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    2007 Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore

    2007 Vikalp Art Shop Swabhumi, Kolkata

    2006 Vikalp Art Shop Swabhumi, Kolkata

    2006 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore

    2005 Vikalp Art Shop Swabhumi, Kolkata

    2004 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    2002 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    2002 Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore

    2002 Vikalp Art Shop Swabhumi, Kolkata

    2002 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    2001 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    2000 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1999 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1999 Chitrakala Parisath, Bangalore

    1999 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    1998 A.B.C. Art Gallery, Varanasi

    1997 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1995 Tagore Art Gallery, Kolkata

    1991 Tagore Art Gallery, Kolkata



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2010 A Group Exhibition held at CHRISTIES, London

    2007 Bruce Castle Museum, Tottenham, London

    2006 M.P. Birla Millennium Gallery West Kensington, London

    2004 Duet Show at Triveni Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2004 "Modern Myth: Changing images In Indian Art" at the university of Texas, Austin U.S.A

    2004 Vikalp Art Shop, Swabhumi, Kolkata

    2003 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1999 A la Galerie rene Millet, Paris

    1999 Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore

    1999 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, organized by Birla Academy, Kolkata

    1998 A la Galerie Yves Milkaeloff, Paris

    1997 "Art Heritage", New Delhi

    1995 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, organized by Birla Academy



    PARTICIPATIONS

    2005 "Parama" at Gallery La Mere, Kolkata

    2004 "AIFACS State Level Exhibition, Kolkata

    1999-2000 "Biswa Banga Sammeyalan at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

    1996 "Art for Heart's Sake" An Exhibition & Charity auction, Mumbai

    1995 "Young Faces of Contemporary Indian Art" organized by Birla Academy, Kolkata

    1993 National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi

  • Award & Recognition

    1998-99 Grant from "The Pollock - Krasner Foundation Inc.", New York, U.S.A

    1994 Rajya Charukala Exhibitions of West Bengal State Government

    1990-92 National Scholarship, Government of India

    1987 Rajya Charukala Exhibitions of West Bengal State Government

  • Testimonial

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