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Bikash Bhattacharjee

Bikash Bhattacharjee

1940-2006

Bikash was born in 1940 in Kolkata.

In 1963 Bikash received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Indian College of Arts and Draughtsmanship Kolkata. From 1968 -1972 he taught in Indian College of Arts, Kolkata. In 1973-1982 he taught in Government College of Arts and Craft, Kolkata.

He had several solo exhibitions:
In 1973 he had a solo exhibition at United States Information Centre, Kolkata. In 1974 and 1976 he exhibited solo at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai. In 1977 he had one person show at Dhoomimal Art Gallery. In 1982 he exhibited at Calcutta Art Gallery, Kolkata and at Gallery Chemould, Mumbai. In 1984 and 1989 he had one person shows at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 1986 he exhibited solo at Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai and Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata. In 1987 he had a solo exhibition ‘Environs’ at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata and at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. He had a solo ‘Oils by Bikash’ at the Taj Hotel, Mumbai. In 1990 he exhibited ’The Boy’ at Gallerie 88, Kolkata and exhibited Durga II at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata. In 1991 he showcased solo ‘Homage’ at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata. In 1992 and 1993 Bikash had one person exhibitions in Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi. In 1994 he exhibited ‘Recent Works’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. In 1997, 1998 and 2000 he had one person shows in New Delhi and Kolkata.

Bikash had several group shows:
In 1968 he participated in the Ist International Triennale, New Delhi. In 1969 he participated in the IVth Triennale, Paris. In 1970 and 1972 he exhibited in group shows at Yugoslavia (former), Romania, Czechoslovakia (former) and Hungary. In 1971 he participated in the IInd International Triennale, New Delhi. In 1972 he participated in 25 Years of Indian Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. In 1975 Bikash participated in the IIIrd International Triennale, New Delhi. In 1975 and 1976 he took part in the All India Drawing exhibition. In 1978 he took part in Pictorial Space at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. In 1980 he participated in ‘Miniature Format’ at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. In 1981 he took part in ‘Indian Painting Today’ in Mumbai and ‘Four Contemporary Artists of West Bengal’ in Kolkata. In 1982 he took part in ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Festival of India at Royal Academy of Arts in London and participated in ‘India: Myth and Reality’ at Museum of Modern Art, Oxford and at Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC. He participated in ‘Seven Contemporary Artists at Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata and took part in the Vth International Triennale in New Delhi. In 1984 Bikash had a Retrospective in Mumbai. In 1985 he took part in ‘East –West Visual Encounter’ in Mumbai and Grey Art Gallery, New York. In 1986 he participated in Visions showcased at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata and took part in Festival of India in New York, Boston, Geneva and Moscow. In 1993 Bikash participated in ‘Wounds’ at CIMA Gallery, Kolkata and at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. In 1994 He took part in group exhibitions at CIMA Gallery, Kolkata and All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society in New Delhi. In 1995 he participated in ‘Fantasy’ at CIMA Gallery, Kolkata and at RPG Enterprises, Mumbai. In 1996 Bikash took part in ‘Chamatkara’ at Whiteley’s Gallery, London. In 1997 he participated in ‘Colors of Independence’ at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

He won many awards:
In 1962 he won an award from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. In 1971 and 1972 he won the National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi. In 1987 he was conferred the Bangla Ratna. In 1988 he was conferred the Padma Shree by the Government of India at New Delhi. In 1989 he was awarded the Shiromani Puraskar (Asian Paints). In 2004 he was awarded Fellowship from Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi and Life Time Achievement Award from Doordarshan, Kolkata. In 2006 he was conferred the D.Litt. by Kalyani University, West Bengal.

Bikash passed away in 2006.

In 2016, as a tribute to the artist, Gallery 7, Mumbai held a solo exhibition of the late artist's work; 'A Passage to Realism' showcasing important works by the artist from the 60's-90's.

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