Sen has experimented in various media from oil and water-colour to etching, to even acrylic which is quite rare for an artist of his generation. Paritosh Sen’s style never remained the same and it is not possible to categorise his works into any specific art genre.
A painter, illustrator, tutor and writer, Paritosh Sen has been a part of the world of Indian art, for close to four decades now. Sen’s more recognizable works are his caricatures, which reflect strong underlying socio-political shades, and his female nude drawings. His style of representation is influenced by his exposure to Western Modern art, and has traces of cubism. He uses two dimensional, structured planes but still creates an illusion of voluptuousness.
His drawings and paintings are noted for their strong lines and bold, stylised strokes. Although colour is an important aspect of his paintings, it is the human figure, expressing a myriad of emotions, that dominates his art. A recurrent subject in Sen’s works is his depiction of scenes from everyday urban life. These activities are rendered from a cynical and detached perspective, which is typically Sen’s viewpoint.
About the Artist & his works :
Born : Paritosh Sen one of the surviving greats of the prestigious Calcutta Group of yesteryear, was born in 1918 in Dhaka, now in Bangladesh .
1936-40 – Diploma Fine Arts, GCAM.
1942 – Founder Member:Calcutta Group
1950-53 – Academie Andre Lhote, Paris
1970-71 – J. R. D. IIIrd Fund Fellowship.
Selected solo Exhibitions :
1950 – Brussels
1952 – London
1968 – Kolkata
1989 – New Delhi
2005 – Kolkata
Honours and Awards :
2004 – Lalit Kala Ratna, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
1999 – Aban Gagan Puruskar, Viswabharti University, Santiniketan.
1998 – Hirachand Dugar Award, Kolkata.
1998 – Smt. Bijoya Chakraborty Smriti Puraskar, Kolkata.
1998 – Rabindra Bharti University, Kolkata.
1997 – Outstanding Citizen Award from The English Speaking Union 1996 Kalidas Nag Award.
1995 – West Bengal State Lalit Kala Prize for Achievement in Art.
1991 – Conferred Hony. Doctor of Literature, University of Burdwan, West Bengal.
1986 – Conferred Fellowship, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Death : He died in Kolkata in October 22, 2008.