Bimal Dasgupta

Bimal Dasgupta born in Bengal in 1917 in Delhi. Although he spent his childhood years in Behrampur, he was raised by his uncle who was a government employee.

His parents didn’t support him to be an artist, but he was not interested in going to school. After his matriculation, he begged his father for some money and began painting. In 1937, Dasgupta joined the College of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata.

The war interrupted his course and he found himself working as a clerk in a war office where he was assistant art director for a magazine. Post war, he worked at Dhoomimal Gallery, probably the first of its kind in India. And eventually, went on to the teaching at College of Art, New Delhi for 14 years. He six month scholarship to Europe introduced him to mediums as goauche and oils.

 “I believe that if an artist has mastered one medium, he can work in the others as well. I paint only when I am in the mood. The colours are always there in my heart, an unseen power in the background drives me to put them down on canvas.” 

Dasgupta painted landscapes that gave full rein to his penchant for nature and its fanciful shapes and colours, with the ocean being an endless source of fascination. Nature was a theme which remained in his works through his life.  After an early reputation as a landscape painter, he briefly experimented with cubism and later dabbled in neo-tantrism, marking his abstract phase. He eventually turned to pure non-representational works using watercolour and acrylics. Dasgupta used textural changes and sharp-defined colour schemes, making his landscapes come alive with shifting shapes and barely visible forms.

Besides being exhibited widely nationally and internationally, Dasgupta was made a fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 1989. He was also awarded the Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi in 1972. He passed away in 1995.

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