Style : Somnath Hore ( 1921 – 2006 ) was a Bengali sculptor and printmaker. His sketches, sculptures and prints were a reaction to major historical crises and events of 20th century Bengal, such as the Bengal Famine of 1943 and the Tebhaga movement. He was a recipient of the Indian civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan. The anguished human form has widely been reflected in Hore’s figuration. The visual appeal of his work is increased by rough surfaces, slits, holes and exposed channels.
About the Artist and his work :
Born : 1921, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
1957 – Diploma in Fine Arts, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, India
Group Shows :
1993 : Wounds, CIMA, Calcutta
1991 : National Exposition of Contemporary Art, NGMA, New Delhi
1986 : First Visions, BAAC
1968 : 1st Triennale of World Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1968 : Warsaw Biennale of Graphic Arts, Poland
1963 : Sao Paulo Biennale Brazil
1962 : Print Biennale, Tokyo, Japan
1962 : Biennale, Venice, Italy
1960 : Graphic Biennale, Lugano.
From 1974, Hore began to produce his bronze sculptures. “Mother with Child”, a large sculpture that paid homage to the people’s struggle in Vietnam, was stolen from the Kala Bhavan soon after it was completed and still has yet to be found.
Honors & Awards :
2007 – Padma Bhushana by Government of India
1984 – Gagan-Aban Award
1977 – L.N. Gupta Memorial Award
1960, 1962-63 – National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.