Conte on Paper, 11x17 inches, 2007
About the Artist and his work :
Born : 1969, West Bengal.
1993 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2000 Classic Source, Mumbai.
1999 Rightlines Art Gallery, Bangalore.
1993 Grindlays Bank Gallery, Kolkata .
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007 ‘A Brush with Durga’ ,Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata.
2002 'Gems of Bengal Art', India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
2002 Rotary Sadan and Hotel Taj Bengal, Kolkata.
2001 TajMahal Hotel and Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai.
2001 Gallery Rossi & Rossi, London.
2001 Nehru Centre, Mumbai.
2000 'Millenium Show', Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi.
1999 Classic Source, Mumbai.
1998 'Basant', Gallery La-Mere, Kolkata.
1998 'Stree', Rightlines Art Gallery, Bangalore.
1998 'Tradition and Modernity of Bengal Art', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
1996 'Monsoon Exposition', Gallery Kayatun, Kolkata.
1995 Art-Age Show, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
1990 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata with Achin Polua.
2001 With wife Sutapa at American Consulate, Kolkata. .
1998 Gallery Katayun, Kolkata.
2009 Annual Exhibition, La-Mere, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture, Kolkata.
2002 Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art Culture, Kolkata.
Honours and Awards:
1992 Award for Best Painting from Indian Society of Oriental Art & Culture, Kolkata.
Marked for the refined handling of line work and palette, his painterly compositions, reflect influences of folk art and Bengal School. The renderings are poetic and the narratives mythical, folklore-inspired or religious. His curvaceous and languid figures, often accompanied by a surrounding halo, are set amidst a natural habitat. The imagery features Buddha, Krishna, other legendry icons as well as pretty damsels and lotus flowers.
He uses a traditional method of tempera painting which goes back to the Indian miniature though the material he uses is totally contemporary. Seven to eight coats of transparent colour put on the surface, one after another to get a complete tone. Using a very fine brush Lakhs hatching and stipples are then inserted into the work to give it a grainy texture. Knowledge of the wash technique further enables him to create a soft, twilight effect in his paintings.
His paintings exude a light that emerges from within. His figures are languid and flow gracefully with the overall schema of the natural world that they inhibit. Khan essentially draws his subjects from the wide base of Indian mythology, religion and folk lore. His eye for details and commendable mastery of line make his style unique.