Sekhar’s acrylics generally treat the terrible strains and tensions of urban life especially of the young people …. A certain eerie gloom evoked in ghostly shades of green, yellow, brown and blue surround his characters, their strange visages betraying the deep void within.”
Style : His technique is a craft that many want to emulate. There’s a liquid fluidity in his canvas, that he can retain irrespective of the medium he is working in. Be it acrylic, oil or water. Although, for close to half a decade he has worked mainly in acrylic. But one thing is for sure and critics and aficionados agree on this that this man is mysterious, away from this world, despite living in it to the fullest.
Sekhar Roy is a painter whose present is built upon the roots he has acquired through his past. For a painter who has been practicing his craft for close to three decades, Sekhar Roy still manages to surprise with his freshness. The morbidity of the initial phase notwithstanding, his works have evolved continuously. Yet, as a craftsman, Sekhar Roy is surprisingly forthcoming, giving one an insight into his secret.
About the Artist and his work :
Born : 1957 in Kolkata.
Education : Graduated with 1st Class from Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata.
Group Shows :
1982 : Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
1985 : At British Council, Kolkata & Academy of fine Arts, Kolkata & “Painters from Calcutta” at Stockholm, Sweden.
1985 & 87 : Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1989 : Gallery Chemould, Kolkata
1990 & 91 : Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
1990, 91 & 93 : Gallery BF 14, Kolkata & Artaid, Rotary Club, Galerie 88, Kolkata
1995 : Indian Contemporary Art, Tokyo
1996 : “A Tree my Life”, The Village Gallery
1999 : Small Format Art Today, New Delhi
2000 : Artworld, Chennai ; Colour of the month, Art Today, New Delhi & Seventh Anniversary Exhibition, Surya Gallery, Hyderabad.
Individual Shows :
1987 : At the Academy of Fine Art, Kolkata
1991 : Galerie 88, Kolkata & Jahangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1992 : Gallery Escape, New Delhi
1993 : Galerie 88, Kolkata
1994 : Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1995 : Galerie Kunst im Kotten, Soligen, West Germany.
2010 : ‘Go See India’, part of India-Sweden Cultural Exchange Program presented by Emami Chisel, Kolkata at Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata; Vasa Konsthal and Gallery-Scandinavia, Gothenburg
Honours and Awards :
Senior Fellowship Award of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India (for Painting) in 2000.