- Amitabh Sengupta
B:1941, Graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata, 1963. Received French Government scholarships to study painting and printmaking at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1966-68. Ed. M, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1981. Taught at two universities in Nigeria, 1977-1988. Founder-member, Art Trust, Kolkata. Exhibitions: Exhibited in Europe, USA, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, besides major shows in India. 1975 President's Award in Painting, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. Collections: President's House, Lagos, Nigeria; Lalit Kala Akademi and National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Taj Group of Hotels. In Amitabh SenGupta's works TIME is depicted in various metaphors. As in the remains of rock-cut shrines or shelters, the Haveli door, the walls or a seascape, they all carry the mark of TIME - the texture of sun and wind, rain and corrosion and so on. Objects of past, and the objects of now, all stand within the frame of present. The meaning of past and present seemed to have merged in a zone of real existence - within the space and time of the artist's experience. Again as metaphor of time, the element of myth enters in Amitabh's works as often, as if to merge past into the present. Amitabh uses oil in a modernists' way of classical manner, layers after layer, and often using the effect of the under layer. The major environment he likes to create on the canvases has an imposing feeling of reality that invariably merged into an unreal zone. The unknown elements are vital as they take real objects into a sense of continuity and motion.