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  • Sunil Das
Born :1939, Calcutta.
Education :
1954-59 - Government College of Arts & Craft, Calcutta. 1961-63 - L'Ecole Nationale Superior des Beaux arts, Paris.
Selected Exhibitions :
1958 - National Ex.,RB.LKA (LKNA: Three Horses) 1966 - The Gallery Chemould, Mumbai and Calcutta. 1969 - Retrospective, BAAC. 1975 - Pioker Gallery, New York. 1976-78 - Ex. in Basle, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, New York. 1987 - Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta. 1994 - C I M A, Calcutta. 1995 - Village Gallery, New Delhi. 2007 - Group show ‘Modern to contemporary’ at Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata. 2011 - Solo show “ BEWARE-BEAWARE” at Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata.
Award / Honours( As 3rd Student of Art Collage) :
1959 – Lalit kala National Award. 1959 – Gold Medal – G.C.A.C., Kolkata. 1959 – Gold Medal, Calcutta University. 1960 – Gold Medal, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata. 1978 – Lalit Kala National Award. 1980 - Sunil das was the youngest artist to have won the National Award - The Taj Shiromani Kala Puraskar, West Bengal. 1983 – Commissioner, Triennale, India. 1989 – Commissioner, Sao Paulo Binnale, BRAZIL. Jury – Lalit kala Academy, New Delhi. 2014 - Recipient of the much coveted Govt. of India's 4th Highest Civilian Award : The PadmaShree.
Style :
Sunil Das was a Master Modern Indian Artist from Bengal . Extremely successful right from his college days , Sunil Das has been extremely well lauded by art critics, the press , artists and the art and culture glitterati across the world.
His style of work is very original and shows no specific influence. He had risen to fame like MF Hussain with his paintings of horses. Like Hussain, Sunil Das was inspired by the force and the strength of the moving horse. The horses and the bull have appeared more than 7000 times in Das’s works. He has otherwise painted haunting pictures of women thereby revealing the dark side of people who are otherwise considered beautiful. Horses and Bulls running, in motion are the major themes in Das’s works. The other recurring theme is the woman with a dark face, haunted and haunting to the viewer.
Das is effective in mixed media, though his major works are serigraphy, conte, and oil on canvas. His style involves the quick use of the brush and pen to get a dynamic effect potent with power.
" There are painters who transform the Sun to a yellow spot , but there are others who, with the help of their art and intelligence , transform a yellow spot into Sun" - Pablo Picasso . Sunil Das was exactly one such artist.
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