Shyamal Dutta Roy

Shyamal Dutta Roy was born in Ranchi, Bihar in 1934. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft in 1955. Dutta Roy worked as art teacher at Jagadbhandu Institution in Calcutta. He was a founder member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.

Dutta Roy's forte was the reinvention of water colour as a medium. After the wishy-washy use of the medium by the earlier generation of followers of the Bengal School, his water colors introduced a new depth and intensity to the medium. His works convey a melancholy mood. Whether it is the passing away of gracious lifestyle in Calcutta or the stark contrast between the very rich and the very poor, Dutta Roy captures in his images a pensive comment on life. Broken walls, crumbling plaster, cobweb-filled rooms, empty houses where gardens have become wilderness record a transient world.

Shyamal Dutta Roy lives and works in Calcutta.

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Shyamal Dutta Roy
Welcome
Water color on paper
1995

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Shyamal Dutta Roy
Freedom
Water Color on paper
1995