- Ashok Bhowmick
Education :1973 Graduated in Science, University of Kanpur, India.
Selected Solo Exhibitions :
• 2008 'Alchemy of Enigma', Tamarind Art, New York. • 2005 ‘Street child and other Paintings', Hamail Art Galleries, Lahore, Pakistan. • 2004 ‘Warli and other Paintings', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. • 2004 'Selected Works', Kumar Gallery, Delhi. • 2001 'Recent Works', Katayun Gallery, Kolkata. • 1999 'Works On Paper', Admit One Art Gallery, New York. • 1997 'Manushi and other Paintings', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. • 1996 'My City, My Childhood', Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. • 1994 'Undulations', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. • 1993 'Ganesha', Artists' Centre, Mumbai. • 1991 'Recent paintings', Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. • 1983 'Amidst the darkness', Allahabad University, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. • 1980 'Sun and the Beggar', Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. • 1980 'Sun and the Beggar', Nehru Hall, Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. • 1974 'Ashok - 74', Indian Medical Hall, Kanpur, India.
Selected Group Exhibitions :
• 2009 'Miles Apart', Point of View, Mumbai. • 2001 ‘Jewels of Contemporary Indian Art’, conducted by Concern India Foundation, Mumbai. • 2001 ‘Autumnal Applauds’, conducted by Katayun Gallery, Kolkata. • 2001 ‘Art Access-V’, conducted by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Mumbai. • 2001 ‘Art of Bengal‘, jointly organized by Art Today and Gallery Katayun, Delhi.
• 2011 'Celebration 2011', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi. • 2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi. • 1991 4th National Art Fair, Delhi. • 1990 ‘Silver Jubilee Exhibition ‘,State Lalit Kala Akademi, Uttar Pradesh, India. • 1980-81 ‘All India Exhibition of Paintings’, conducted by Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. • 1973,74,78,80 ‘Annual Art Exhibitions’, State Lalit Kala Akademi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Honours and Awards :
• Certificate of Merit, Annual Exhibition, Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. • Academy Award, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. • Governor Award, Govt. of West Bengal, Kolkata.
Ashok Bhowmick's work is figurative, and what puts it apart from the works of other contemporary artists from the Bengal School of art, to which he belongs, is its close connection to the political situation in the state of West Bengal. A distinct feature of Bhoumick's work is his manipulation in his rendering of images, which makes living objects appear frozen, and energises inactive, lifeless elements. The collective effect of this is a sense of silence that pervades through his paintings. Bhowmick likes to call his art revivalist - rooted in old Indian tradition, yet contemporary.
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