Bikash Bhattacharjee

Bikash Bhattacharjee was born in Calcutta in 1940. At a very early age he lost his father and the growing up years were one on struggle. Form his early childhood, the rooftops and alleyways of north Calcutta where he lived, the crumbling walls of buildings, the variety of people living there wove a certain magic in his mind. In 1963, he graduated from Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship. He began teaching at Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship in 1968. Later from 1973, Bhattacharjee began teaching at the Government College of Art & Craft and taught there till 1982. In 1964, he became a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.

Besides painting the city and its people that he knew so well, Bhattacharjee is also an accomplished portrait painter. Realism is Bhattacharjee's forte. In the process, he explores the possibilities of oil as a medium to the extent that he could depict the exact quality of drapery or the skin tone of a woman, the moldering walls of an old building as if by magic. He also achieves mastery in capturing the quality of light. His love of cinema had a lot to do with this. Bhattacharjee has also worked extensively with pastel.

The artist collaborated with writer Samwesh Bose and illustrated a fictionalized biography of artist Ram Kinkar Baij. The project was incomplete because of the sudden death of Bose.

At his best Bhattacharjee achieves an enigmatic quality in his paintings that works on many levels from the visual to the subconscious. Female beauty is a major preoccupation of Bhattacharjee. But he also creates a varied cast of characters in his canvases- old men and women, children, domestic help. The ability to create an authentic milieu as a background to the characters heightens the drama. Bhattacharjee also excels in his animal studies.

Bikash Bhattacharjee lives and works in Calcutta.

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Bikash Bhattacharjee
Untitled
Oil on canvas
32.6 " x 51.3"
1967

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Bikash Bhattacharjee
Ceremony
Mixed Media on paper
35.2" x 47"
1992

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Bikash Bhattacharjee
The Doll
Oil on Canvas
47.6" x 47.8"
1972