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‘Flower Pots’
Gautam Basu


Gautam Basu says about himself, “From the beginning of my career I have been working in tempera, though I occasionally paint in other mediums. In the past my paintings were mainly story-oriented but they did have an undertone of my thoughts and feelings…I now try to give my paintings a visual totality. They still have a story element which is now enriched by a greater emphasis on forms, shapes and colors, my feelings and thoughts on man and nature…”

At a time when tempera works were invariably associated by art enthusiasts with the work of master ‘stylists', Gautam Basu extended and enriched its possibilities to include a distinctively different form of visual interpretation. His “soft focus world of the back garden and the still life” reflect a deeply contemplative poetic vision. A vivid freshness – and sense of infinite serenity – permeates his luminous canvases drenched in smudged overflows of soft, bright color. No excesses of ‘angst', no philosophical reflections impinge on the delicacy of his poignantly beautiful paintings. Yet they emanate, with understated force – through imagery that wavers between abstraction and reality, definite delineation and blurred color – a strange kind of relevance. They speak of the loss of nature and the passage of time; the richness of introspection and the subtle beauties that reside in ordinary objects, lonely people and lonely animals and myriad threads of elusive emotion.

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GB001

Flowers 1
tempera
10.5” X 5.5”
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GB002

Flowers 2
tempera
6.5” X 4.5”
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GB003

Sunflowers
tempera
9.5” X 6.5”
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R.P. Gupta writes “Gautam Basu is a self taught painter. I consider this a boon because unimaginative academic grinding has not blunted his ‘instinctive' feel for line and color, and his eye for composition… (his) luminous paintings … are invested with a touch of mystery … (they) please both the eye and the mind of the beholder … one feels that one can live with them … in the final analysis this is all that matters when one is alone with a painting.”

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GB004
She
tempera
10” X 5.5”
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GBN5652

‘My Garden’
tempera on cloth-mounted board
28” x 12.5”
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GBN5649

“Flower Pots’
tempera on paper
19” x 20”
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About the Artist

Born: Kolkata

Education: Self Taught; Brief Apprenticeship in Painting to Atul Basu

Selected Exhibitions

  • 1994, '93, '91, '90, '89, '88, '85, '84, '83, '82, '81, '80, '79, ‘78 Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, All India Exhibition
  • 1978 – 1994 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, All India Exhibition
  • 1992 Alliance Francaise de Calcutta ‘Dreams of Calcutta'
  • 1991 AIFACS, N. Delhi , All India Exhibition
  • 1991 Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
  • 1991 Sanskriti Art Gallery , Kolkata
  • 1991, 1990 Gallery BF-14, Kolkata
  • 1990 Calcutta Tercentenary Exhibition, West Bengal Govt., Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata, curated by Birla Academy
  • 1990 Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata & Mumbai ‘ Calcutta 300 Through the Eyes of Painters'
  • 1990 Roopankar Museum , Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal (M.P.), ‘All India Biennial Exhibition of Art'
  • 1988 Birla Academy , Kolkata ‘Young Faces in Contemporary Indian Art'
  • 1982 Exhibition with M.F. Hussain, Kolkata

Awards

  • 1993 Indra Duggar Award
  • 1986 State Academy Award
  • 1986 West Bengal Govt. Award

Founder Member of ‘Five Painters' Kolkata

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