Dhaka, 1912 - 1991

Prodosh Das Gupta

Born in Dhaka, Prodosh Das Gupta graduated from Calcutta University before going on to study sculpture under Hironmoy Roychaudhuri and D. P. Roy Chowdhury in Lucknow and Madras respectively. A member of the Calcutta Group, he also studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Ecole de Chaumiere, Paris, before setting up his studio in Calcutta in 1940. He was appointed reader in sculpture at M. S. University, Baroda, but returned to Calcutta’s Government College of Art as professor of sculpture.

Stemming from his belief that contemporary Indian sculpture did not grow from any definite root, Das Gupta searched for a sculptural form that would express contemporary ideas while preserving prana – the inherent life-force of traditional Indian sculpture. He found his inspiration in the fluid rhythm and gliding...

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Biography

Born in Dhaka, Prodosh Das Gupta graduated from Calcutta University before going on to study sculpture under Hironmoy Roychaudhuri and D. P. Roy Chowdhury in Lucknow and Madras respectively. A member of the Calcutta Group, he also studied at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Ecole de Chaumiere, Paris, before setting up his studio in Calcutta in 1940. He was appointed reader in sculpture at M. S. University, Baroda, but returned to Calcutta’s Government College of Art as professor of sculpture.

Stemming from his belief that contemporary Indian sculpture did not grow from any definite root, Das Gupta searched for a sculptural form that would express contemporary ideas while preserving prana – the inherent life-force of traditional Indian sculpture. He found his inspiration in the fluid rhythm and gliding forms of Western masters Rodin, Brancusi, Arp and Henry Moore. Searching for a form to express the pressure of energy thrusting outward, he experimented with a taut egg form to explore the possibilities of creating balance between form and content.

Exploring various ideas and modes of expression, Das Gupta experimented with the concept of ‘instant sculpture’ which is done within a few minutes. The artist would keep his mind blank, thus setting free his intuition and release it from the bounds of intellect. Das Gupta’s figures were created by physically engaging with the material, playing with a lump of clay with no preconceived notions of the form it should take. His figures, sometimes in realistic fashion, sometimes near-abstract, emerged from the physical process of moulding and forming the material.

Artworks

Suryamukhi, 1978

RELATED CATEGORIES

Abstract Expression / Balance / Bronze / Contemporary Indian Sculpture / Energy / Europe / Form and Content / India / Indian Art / Inherent Life / Instant Sculpture / Material / Prana

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

  • 1939

    Studied Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Ecole de Grand Chaumier, Paris

  • Studied Bronze Casting, LCC Central School, London

  • 1937

    Diploma in Sculpture, Government School of Art and Craft, Chennai

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1979

    Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 1973

    Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 1971

    Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions

  • 1981

    International Small Sculpture Exhibition, Hungary

  • 1980

    Contemporary Asian Artists Exhibition, Japan

  • 1979

    Contemporary Asian Artists Exhibition, Japan

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Education

  • 1939

    Studied Sculpture, Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Ecole de Grand Chaumier, Paris

  • Studied Bronze Casting, LCC Central School, London

  • 1937

    Diploma in Sculpture, Government School of Art and Craft, Chennai

  • 1933

    Studied Sculpture, Lucknow School of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow

  • 1932

    Graduated from Calcutta University

Solo Exhibitions

  • 1979

    Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 1973

    Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 1971

    Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 1970

    Gallery Geeta, New Delhi

Group Exhibitions

  • 1981

    International Small Sculpture Exhibition, Hungary

  • 1980

    Contemporary Asian Artists Exhibition, Japan

  • 1979

    Contemporary Asian Artists Exhibition, Japan

  • 1978

    Indian National Exhibition, Moscow

  • 1975

    Middleheim Open Air Sculpture Exhibition, Belgium

  • 1967

    Tokyo Biennale, Tokyo

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2013

    Contours and Volumes, to celebrate the Centenary Year of the Prodosh Das Gupta and 80th Year of Sarbari Roy Chowdhury at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi; National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

  • 2012

    Calcutta Chromosome, The Viewing Room, Mumbai

  • 2011

    Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2010

    Celebration 2010, Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2008

    Retrospective Exhibition, organized by Kumar Gallery, New Delhi at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  • 2007

    Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  • Posthumous Exhibitions

Grants & Awards

  • 1982

    Abanindranath Award by Government of West Bengal (~ 1983)

  • Conferred Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • 1978

    Award and Citation, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

  • 1955

    Elected Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, London

Collections

  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi