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Chandra Bhattacharjee

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About Artist

The figures in my paintings are self-introspective, but in repose. One figure has his eyes closed and the other has his eyes open. They appear calm but that stillness shrouds an extraordinary inner turmoil, which come...

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The figures in my paintings are self-introspective, but in repose. One figure has his eyes closed and the other has his eyes open. They appear calm but that stillness shrouds an extraordinary inner turmoil, which comes from a desire to understand one's true self. The world in which they live is symbolized by the clouds, I call them 'Designer Clouds'. Much like the manmade mushroom clouds, these designer clouds are emblematic of human beings' imposition on Nature. These images cast their shadow on the figures, suggesting the insidious power of artifice.

Chandra Bhattacharjee's canvases are languid and far removed from the urban world. Dusky men and women exist in an ethereal realm untouched by the madness of everyday city life, carrying out their daily chores. Bahttacharjee's compositions are influenced by the rural and tribal associations that he had an opportunity to work with; particularly the 'Santhal' tribe of Calcutta. The textural quality of his paintings is strongly reminiscent of the traditional mud walls of these villages, smeared with cow-dung.

The colors in Bhattacharjee's paintings are at once, subdued and vibrant. Warm pinks, full-bodied blues, interspersed with blank areas, soothe the senses. He uses the technique of crosshatching (a method used more often in pencil drawings), in black, over the color; this adds depth to his colors. Bhattacharjee's paintings tell a story, but it is a story without a beginning or an end and it flows seamlessly from the artist onto the surface of the canvas. The world of Bhattacharjee's creation is without boundaries; where humans, animals and surreal creatures coexist in harmony.

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  • About Artist

    The figures in my paintings are self-introspective, but in repose. One figure has his eyes closed and the other has his eyes open. They appear calm but that stillness shrouds an extraordinary inner turmoil, which comes from a desire to understand one's true self. The world in which they live is symbolized by the clouds, I call them 'Designer Clouds'. Much like the manmade mushroom clouds, these designer clouds are emblematic of human beings' imposition on Nature. These images cast their shadow on the figures, suggesting the insidious power of artifice.

    Chandra Bhattacharjee's canvases are languid and far removed from the urban world. Dusky men and women exist in an ethereal realm untouched by the madness of everyday city life, carrying out their daily chores. Bahttacharjee's compositions are influenced by the rural and tribal associations that he had an opportunity to work with; particularly the 'Santhal' tribe of Calcutta. The textural quality of his paintings is strongly reminiscent of the traditional mud walls of these villages, smeared with cow-dung.

    The colors in Bhattacharjee's paintings are at once, subdued and vibrant. Warm pinks, full-bodied blues, interspersed with blank areas, soothe the senses. He uses the technique of crosshatching (a method used more often in pencil drawings), in black, over the color; this adds depth to his colors. Bhattacharjee's paintings tell a story, but it is a story without a beginning or an end and it flows seamlessly from the artist onto the surface of the canvas. The world of Bhattacharjee's creation is without boundaries; where humans, animals and surreal creatures coexist in harmony.

  • Academics

    1989 Post-Graduate in Fine Arts, Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan

    1987 Fine Arts, Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan

    1986 Graduated from the Indian College of Art and Draughtsmanship with a first class, Kolkata

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2010 Visual Diary, Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2008 'Fe2O.nH2o / aeons visible', Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2007 Organized by Gallery Threshold at The Gallery in Cork Street, London

    2007 ‘Indelibilities’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2006 ‘Small Format Works’, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

    2005 Jehangir Art Gallery and Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

    2005 Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2004 Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2003 Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2001 Crimson, Bangalore

    2000 Shridharani, New Delhi and Gallery Apparao, Chennai

    1998 Gallery Apparao, Chennai

    1998 Crimson, Bangalore

    1997 Art Heritage, New Delhi

    1994, 95, 97 Center Art Gallery, Kolkata



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2011 'Cross Currents', Art Positive, New Delhi

    2010 '10 x 10', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2010 'Snow', The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi in collaboration with Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2009-10 'Unclaimed Spaces', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2009 'Indian Harvest', presented by Crimson- The Art Resource, Bangalore at SG Private Banking, Singapore

    2008 'Faces', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2008 ‘Life Is a Stage, ICIA Gallery, Mumbai

    2008 ‘Magic of Monochrome’, Gandhara, Kolkata

    2008 ‘Art Now, A Glimpse’, Emami Chisel Arts, Kolkata

    2008 ‘Art Divergent Discourses’, Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore

    2008 Gallery Muller & Plate, Munich

    2008 New York Academy of Art

    2008 ‘Gaze Within, Gaze Without’, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata

    2007 ’Diverse Idioms’, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong

    2007 ‘Tales, Reflection & Constructs’, Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2006 ‘India on Canvas’, Exhibition and Auction organized by Khushi at New Delhi

    2006 ‘Essence’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2006 ‘Sensuality, Perception and the Self’, Galleria, New Delhi

    2006 ‘Glimpses of Bengal’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    2006 ‘Angkor’, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata

    2006 ‘Art of Young Bengal’, Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

    2006 ‘Chivas Art’, Galerie 88-Chivas Regal, New Delhi and Mumbai

    2006 ‘Merging Cultures’, Sarjan, Baroda

    2006 ‘Indiaart Show’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; Chelsea College of Art & Design, London; Lasalle-SIA College of Fine Arts, Singapore

    2006 New Colors of Sumukha, Bangalore

    2005 ‘Bikash Bhattacharya, A Source of Inspiration’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

    2005 ‘Ways of Seeing’, Art Alive, New Delhi

    2005 ‘Ardhanarishwara’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2005 ‘Indian Contemporary Art’, organized by Gallery Sumukha at Quayside Gallery, UK

    2005 ‘Water Color Show’, Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2005 ‘Versions’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    2004 ‘Contemporary Expressions from India’, Siddhartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu

    2004 Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

    2004 ‘New Paradigms-II’, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

    2004 Viart, New Delhi

    2004 ‘Summer Show’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2004 ‘Scenes from Voyage’, Nehru Centre, London

    2004 ‘Red’, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2004 Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2004 Art Pilgrim, New Delhi

    2004 ‘Bondings’, ITC Sonar Bangla, Kolkata

    2004 Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata

    2003 Viart, New Delhi

    2003 Sanskriti Gallery, Kolkata

    2003 Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2003 Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2003 Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata

    2002 Gallery Espace, Argosy at Dubai Marine Beach Club

    2002 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    2002 Gallery Pilgrim, New Delhi

    2002 ‘Freedom’, Gallery La Mere, Kolkata

    2002 ‘Gleam of Metal’, Palette Gallery, New Delhi

    2002 Shridharani, New Delhi (with Gallery Threshold)

    2002 Chitrakoot Gallery, Kolkata

    2002 Sanskriti Art Gallery, Habitat Centre, New Delhi

    2002 ‘Tomorrow’s Blue Chip’, Apparao Galleries at New Delhi and Chennai

    2002 Bowring, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

    2002 Surya Gallery, Hyderabad

    2002 ‘Concern India’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    2002 Show for Gujarat Riot Victims, Taj Bengal, Kolkata

    2001 ‘Concern India’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    2001 ‘Palette 2001’, New Delhi; Galleria, Mumbai

    2001 Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

    2001 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai

    2001 Gallery Pilgrim, New Delhi

    2001 ‘Small Format Show’, Sumukha, Singapore

    2001 Saffronart.com group show, Hong Kong

    2001 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    2001 ‘The Art of Bengal’, Art Today, New Delhi

    2001 ‘Nude Studies’, The Guild, Mumbai

    2001 Artworld, Hong Kong

    2001 The Guild, Hong Kong

    2001 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

    2000 Threshold Gallery, Vizag

    2000 Chitrakoot Gallery, Kolkata

    2000 ‘Visions and Attitudes’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2000 Crimson Art Resource, Mumbai

    1999 Salar Jung Museum, organized by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Hyderabad

    1999 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

    1999 Crimson Gallery, Bangalore

    1999 Birla Academy for Art and Culture, Mumbai

    1999 Apparao Galleries home shows in Toronto New York & Singapore

    1999 Son et Lumiere, Mumbai

    1999 Gajah Art Gallery, Singapore




    PARTICIPATIONS

    2010 'Art Celebrates 2010', represented by Gallery Threshold at Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

    2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

    2008 ‘Synchrome 4’, Akar Prakar, Kolkata and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2008 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    2007 Art Singapore

    2007 Adana Biennale, Adana, Turkey

    2007 ‘Imprints’, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

    2007 ‘Power of Peace’, Bali/The United Nations

    2006 ‘Synchrome 3’, Annual Show of Akar Prakar, Kolkata

    2005 XI Indian Triennale India

    2005 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

    2004 ‘Annual Show’, Gallery Sara Arakkal, Bangalore

    2004 ‘Harvest 2004’, Arushi Arts, New Delhi

    2002 Annual Show, Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2002 Annual Show, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2002 Singapore Art Fair, Singapore (with Apparao Galleries)

    2002 Annual Show, Galerie 88, Kolkata

    2002 Annual Show, Gallery La Mere, Kolkata

    2001 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  • Award & Recognition

    2008 Received Taj Gaurav Award

    1986 Received Gold Medal from Rabindra Bharati University for Excellence in Fine Arts

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