Tirthankar Biswas profile
 
Motion is at the heart of every painting by Tirthankar Biswas. The subjects are as disparate as men and women in life. Indeed, life is what links the unpredictable images born out of meditation as much as accident. Buts it’s certain from the shadowy images that the artist isn’t after reality, though you can’t classify these as abstract art. Half real half unreal, not flesh-n-blood but the distil of a full bodied reality that you may see but never touch: these are inhabitants of the twilight zone where it’s never day nor ever night.
The artist says he’s prompted by the white paper, not a desire to comment or critique. However, being social creature, our deepest thoughts and dreams and fears have to do with ourselves, our neighbour, our friends and enemies. So when they’ve shaped up, Tirthankar images are shadows of a rustic from the hinterland of India migrating to the nearest city.
Yes the subjects are homely situations from everyday life. But premeditated? Never. So unlike the reality of men and women these creatures reflect neither happiness nor sorrow. Tirthankar’s increased spontaneity and instinctive handling transforms the shadows into sheer lyric.
 
TIRTHANKAR BISWAS                                                                       
Born in 1957 at Naihati (W.B.)
 
EDUCATION
Diploma in Fine Arts – (Painting) 1980, Diploma in Sculpture – 1982 from Government College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata
 
EXHIBITION
Participations
 
G.C.A.C. Annual Exhibitions 1979-82
 
Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata 1979 and 80
 
AIFACS, New Delhi & Chandigarh 1982
 
Sahitya Kala Parishad,Annual Arts Show, New Delhi, 1989, 93, 94, 97, 98 & 2003.
 
AIFACS, Annual Exhibition, New Delhi 1992, 95, 97,98,99,2001,2003
 
“Non-Diplomatic Art” organized by High Commission of Singapore, New Delhi at Maurya      Sheraton Hotel, 1995.
 
1st All India Art Biennial of Rajasthan, Jaipur 1997.
 
Exhibition All India Art, Amritsar, 1998
 
Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of arts & Culture, Kolkata,2007
 
National Exhibition at Ahmedabad by Lalit Kala Akademi,New Delhi, 2002.
 
Art Exhibition organized by Lal Bahadur Shastri Foundation, Lalit Kala Akademi, 2003.
 
Select work by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi for their Exhibition of “Contemporary Art of India” at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2004.
 
 
Group Shows
 
Group Show of INNATE,
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, 1982, 83,84,85,86,87,88,89
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R.F.I. Group Show, Jahangeer Art Gallery, Mumbai 1985
 
AIFACS, New Delhi - 1995.
 
Habiart Gallery, New Delhi - 2001, 2002.
 
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi – 2001, 2002, 2003
 
Dhumi Mall Art Gallery, New Delhi – 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005
 
PBC Art Gallery, New Delhi - 2003
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Art Forum, New Delhi - 2000, 2002
 
Vintage Art Gallery, New Delhi - 2002, 2003.
 
Nandan Art Gallery, Mumbai - 2004, 2005
 
Quil & Canvas, Gurgaon - 2005, 2006
 
Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Center- 2005
 
Lokayata Art Gallery, Haus Khas Village - 2005 
 
Museum Art Gallery, Mumbai - 2006
 
Palladian Lounge, Bengal Chamber of Commerce, Kolkata - 2006
 
Art-Junction, New Delhi - 2006
 
Royal Art Gallery, Mumbai – 2006,2007
 
Trabancore Art Gallery, New Delhi – 2006 & Birla Academy, Kolkata – 2007 (Organised by TRYO India )
 
D D Neroy Gallery, Mumbai - 2007
 
 
Two Men Show
 
Shrishti Art Gallery, New Delhi – 1991, 92.
 
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata – 1992.
 
Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi – 1993.
 
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi – 1995.
 
Art Forum, New Delhi – 1999.
 
Jahangeer Art Gallery, Mumbai – 2001.
 
Academy of fine arts & literature,New Delhi—2006
 
Jahangeer Art Gallery, Mumbai – 2007.
 
 
One Man Show
 
Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai – 1994.
 
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata – 1995.
 
LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi – 2001.
 
Quil & Canvas, Gurgaon – 2005,2006
 
Shades & Wood Art Gallery , London-2007
 
Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata-2007
 
Art Desh-The studio, Mumbai-2008
 
Indian Council for Cultural Relations Gallery, New Delhi-2010
(Organized by ICCR, New Delhi)
 
Dhoomimal City Gallery, New Delhi-2010
 
 
Special International Show(Two Men)
 
Organised by ICCR & Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art with Eminent Bangladeshi Artist Prof. Mohd. Kibria at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, New Delhi – 2006.
 
 
                                 
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
 
Published Limited Edition Prints byLondon based http://www.allindiaarts.com 
Totol =18 Paintings( 99 Prints each)
 
 
AWARDS
Indian Society of Oriental Art 1980
 
Annual Exhibition AIFACS 1992.
 
 
 
CAMP/WORKSHOPS ATTENDED
 
Attended an Art Camp at Simla, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and North Zone Cultural Center, Patiala – 2003.
 
AIFACS New Delhi – 2003.
 
India Habitat Center New Delhi organized by BPNI – 2003.
 
Demonstrate painting in oil colour live on “The Contemporary Art Exhibition of India”, jointly organized by Lalit Kala Akademi and India Trade Promotion Organization on the occasion of Indian Trade Exhibition, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – 2004.
 
WBS, Dehradun organized by Welham Boys School – 2007
 
Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi organized by ITDC - 2007
 
 
 
OTHER ACTIVITIES
 
Curate of Artist’s workshop “Young Contemporary Artist of India” at India Habitat Center sponsored by BPNI – 2003.
 
Coordinate “Program Working Session” of Asia Pacific Conference on Breast Feeding and National Convention of BPNI at India Habitat Center, New Delhi – November 30th – December 3rd, 2003.
 
 
 
COLLECTIONS
 
Public Collections
Asian American Arts Center, New York.
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
College of Arts, Delhi.
AIFACS, New Delhi.
High Commission of Singapore, New Delhi.
Mahajati Sadan, Kolkata.
Marwari Relief Society, Kolkata
Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai  
 
Private Collections
In India, France, Japan, Iran, Kuwait, U.K., U.S.A., Mongolia.
 
COUNTRY  VISITED
 
U.S.A., Russia, Kenya, UAE, Iraq, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Mongolia, China, Germany, U.K., Chile
 
Founder Secretary “Alumni Association of Government College of Arts and Crafts”, Kolkata – Delhi 

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