ARTIST

 

Jogen Chowdhury

Born in 1939 in Faridpur, Bengal, studied at the Government College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata, from 1955-60, followed by a stint at L'Ecole Nationale Superior des Beax-Arts, Paris, in 1965-57 on a French Government Scholarship.
The pulse and rhythm of Jogen Chowdhury’s art comes from an affinity to nature and milieu. He has been widely acknowledged to be the master of the unbroken line, but his lines are emotive and used to express and suggest the character of a person. This is done by, distorting the form without breaking the line. The power and beauty of his technique and line is this play between the known and unknown. In Jogen Chowdhury’s work, the figure is always in the foreground, it is primary, and it conveys everything. He uses colour to give volume to his figures and the fluidity of his lines bring a sensual aspect to his forms. Chowdhury is fascinated by history. Having experienced the traumatic effects of the Partition, dislocation and a sense of isolation, his figures reflect an intractable solitude. Even when he paints a couple, the two are detached and distant from each other. His imagery is organic and emerges as protuberances or growths from within. Chowdhury’s works are also social and political comments.
In 1966, Chowdhury was awarded the Prix le France de la Jeune Peinture in Paris, and, in 1986, received an award at the Second Biennale of Havana, Cuba. He was presented the Kalidas Sanman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2001.
The artist lives and works in Santiniketan & Kolkata.

Works by Jogen Chowdhury

  • Jogen Chowdhury

    Head

    Plate Litho

  • Jogen Chowdhury

    Girl

    Etching

  • Jogen Chowdhury

    Seated Figure

    Etching

  • Jogen Chowdhury

    Man

    Etching

  • Jogen Chowdhury

    Two Men

    Brush & Ink on paper

  • Jogen Chowdhury

    Kumar Gandharva

    Crayon on Paper

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