Aditya Basak at his home (from his personal photograph collection)
Kolkata, West Bengal, IndiaMarch 14, 1953
|Alma mater||Government college of Art and Crafts, Calcutta|
Aditya Basak (born 1953) is a contemporary Indian artist from Kolkata (West Bengal, India). He is one of the artists who is trying to connect the gap between modern and post-modern art forms. His work reflects the constant evolution of human history— a testament to his core belief that nothing is constant—not the artist nor the art. This thought process, supported by powerful imagery is depicted in his work along with the stark realities that represent life. He is a member of Society of Contemporary Artist, Kolkata since 1983, one of the oldest active artist groups from West Bengal. Many eminent artists like Somnnat Hore, Bikash Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Pyne and others were early members of this group.
From humble beginnings in a North Kolkata locality (where he still resides), today he is a veteran artist par excellence and much revered in his field by his contemporaries.
Early Life and Education[edit | edit source]
Aditya was born in a joint family who were the descendants of Sovaram Basak, a notable merchant during early British rule. He was inclined to art from a very early age and was close to his uncle Dwarikanath Basak who was a sculptor and an alumni of the Government College of Art and Crafts. His journey as an artist began from his graduation in 1977 from the Government College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata with a First Class Degree. It is here that he met and later married Mamata Ghosh, a fine arts and sculpture graduate in 1980. He currently lives with his wife and 2 daughters Atreyee and Srijita in his ancestral home in North Kolkata.
Artistic Approach[edit | edit source]
The total body of his work is marked by utter diversity rather than a unity of style. Aditya has always to breach through the trendy waves with his yacht, risking a broken hull and tattered sail. Over the years, he has changed from easel to non-easal painting, miniature to muralsque proportions, installation to video art. Intuitively Aditya has tried to work out the interrelationship of contemporaneity and heritage. Apparently in his expressions he has sometimes turned his back to tradition and other times tried to work out a compromise, synthesis, between every aspect of the art of humankind. He is metaphysical rather than religious. In this he is unknowingly following Goethe's dictum that a creative person should be informed and aware of the philosophy but not infected or affected by it. From the first exhibition, Aditya showed that the stuff and essence of his painting was bit different. The 1979 exhibition at academy of Fine arts Kolkata, had a strange originality that attracted the attention of regular views and collectors alike.
A master in the true pictorial and poetic tradition of the Bengal school, Basak's work reflects the picture-making elements and visual styles of the 50s and 60s. His views on the human history and evolution and the progression/regression of human civilizations is depicted strongly in several of his work. His work has been described as having an haunting quality. The use of darker tones and shadows, further adds to the element of mystery that epitomizes his canvases.
Basak himself describes his approach to art as:"Through the medium of the fantastic, I probe the dark alleyways of human consciousness bringing to light the depths of the unconscious..." One of his favorite artistic tools is the incorporation of onlookers whose gaze he follows into the beyond. Objects that are aids to vision, such as the telescope, also find a place in his art, conveying the need for a medium of viewing.
Awards[edit | edit source]
He received the National Award of the Lalit Kala Akademi,New Delhi in the year 1986, quite early in his career. In 1998, he was awarded Senior fellowship in the field of Visual Art by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. He has held various group and solo exhibitions in India and abroad and his art is part of various well known collections across the country as well as outside it.
- 1986 Received the National Award
- 1987 Received the State Award for West Bengal
- 1998 Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development
- 2008 Taj Gaurav Award
- 2015 Silpi Samman Award, from West Bengal Government
Career[edit | edit source]
Exhibitions and Shows[edit | edit source]
Solo Exhibitions[edit | edit source]
1999 'AdmitOne' gallery, New York
2003 Artworld, Chennai
2008 “Amber Alleys, Staccato Sounds”, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
Group Shows[edit | edit source]
More than 100 group shows in the country including participation in National Exhibition, Bharat Bhavan Biennale, State Academy, Birla Academy, Icon Art Gallery New york, CIMA etc
International Exhibition[edit | edit source]
1999 'AdmitOne' gallery, New York
1998 Indian Triennale of World Art, Celebration 50 yrs of Indian Independence
2001 Icon Art Gallery, New York
2011'Enduring Legacy' at Berlin and Munich and other group shows in London HongKong, Germany, New York, Bangladesh and Berlin by Akar Prokar.
All India and International Art Camps[edit | edit source]
Bangladesh : 1998 USA : 1999 and 2008 Singapore : 1999 Australia : 2004 Italy : 2005 Myanmar: 2006 Thailand : 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 London/Scotland: 2006 and 2009 China : 2006 and 2009 Egypt : 2007 and 2008 Paris : 2007 Germany :2008 Turkey: 2008 Japan: 2009 Indonesia and Bali: 2010.
Video Art[edit | edit source]
Video work 'Death Foretold' screened at Indo British digital film festival organized by British Council (2001) The 'death foretold' was screened at an international conference on violence memory and mutual understanding in Tel -Aviv(middle east) and Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan (2002) Video work 'Chronicles' screened at the Indo-American film screening at Freer Art Gallery, Washington. (2003) and at first short film festival by CSFF at Nandan (2004) Video work 'Eye Spy' screened at Kalpanirjhar International short film festival at Max Muller Bhavan (2005/2004)
A glimpse of his work is available here. Mojarto, an NDTV venture also features some of his artwork along with a brief bio.
References[edit | edit source]
Amber Alleys, Staccato Sounds - Aditya Basak, Solo Catalogue
The Telegraph, December 13, 2014, p.13
The Telegraph, Feb 2, 2015.
The Telegraph, Jan 10, 2017.
Economic times [feb 18, 2010]
The Telegraph, February 1, 2014.(printed publication)
HT City [Feb 7, 2008](printed publication)
India Today [August 11, 2008](printed publication)
Anandabazar Patrika, April 19, 2008, p.8
Anandabazar Patrika, August 14, 2004, p.8
Anandabazar Patrika, February 1, 2014.
Anandabazar Patrika, January 6, 2007, p.10
Desh (Bengali Magazine) [May 2014 and June 2015]
DNA, Mumbai, August 2 2008, p.3(printed publication)
The Statesman, February 8, 2008, 9.10(printed publication)
The Statesman, November 19, 2009(printed publication)
The Telegraph, Thursdat, 7 February, 2008, p.13(printed publication)
The Telegraph, April 20, 2006, p.23(printed publication)
The Telegraph, October 31, 2006, p.24(printed publication)
The Statesman, Kolkata, November 10, 2006(printed publication)
The New Sunday Express, March 16, 2003(printed publication)
Anandabazer Patrika, January 4, 2003, p.8(printed publication)
Miscellany City Express, February 27, 2003, p.6(printed publication)
The Telegraph, September, 28 2002, p.16(printed publication)
The Times of India, Kolkata, November 13 2006(printed publication)
The Telegraph, December 13, 2002, p.17(printed publication)
Anandabazar Patrika, November 2, 2002, (printed publication)
The Statesman, October 4, 2002, p.10(printed publication)
The Telegraph, April 16, 2001. p.18(printed publication)
The Asian Age, September 27, 2000, p.16(printed publication)
Anandabazar Patrika, November 20, 1999, p.6(printed publication)
The Telegraph September 2, 1994(printed publication)
The Statesman, January 2, 1993, p.4(printed publication)
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