Artists are known for their creativity but knowing an artist who successfully created his individual style by mingling the traditional imagery with the spirit of contemporary art is unique.
He is none other than the eminent Indian painter Jogen Chowdhury.
Born at Bangladesh in 16th February 1939 his family moved to Calcutta during the 1947 partition of Bengal. He went to the Government College of art and craft in 1955. After Graduation, his first job was as an art teacher. To further strengthen his creative knowledge Chowdhury went to Paris and studied Ecole des Beaux and in William Hayter’s Atelier 17. After various contributions, he finally published his first book of poems in 1970.
He is quiet passionate about studying visual art and man is his main center of work. As an artist, he developed a unique style of painting with watercolor, pastel, and ink. He is a master of lines and all through his curves he represents the character of his figures. The most attractive part of his painting is through distortion he creates the air of caricature of his figures and gives faces to men and women. According to him, he uses colors to provide matter into his creation.
Jogen Chowdhury was first felicitated with the French Government Scholarship to Ecole Nationale des Beaux – Arts Paris. After that, he won various awards. In 2001 he won the Kalidas Sanman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh and in 2003 he won the Jury member award at Singapore Beinnale Exhibition of Art.
His art is rich in suggestions and he maintains the necessity of a uniquely Indian approach. He is against blindly copying the western trends. To him, an artist must be authentic and has no place for blind imitation. Presently he works and resides in Shantiniketan as a professor of painting. Besides contributing to painting his also wrote on contemporary art. Just like this may the artist enrich the history of India with his contributions.