Kishore Pratim Biswas|
"For years, I woke up at midnight and started painting impromptu. I still find that very gratifying." - Meet Kishore Pratim Biswas, India's upcoming expressionist independent artist.
Kishore's 15-year journey in modern contemporary art movement has not only strengthened his unconventional thought process, but architected his painting style too.
Born in Kolkata, 42 year-old Kishore was passionate about art since childhood. After graduating in Fine Arts from Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata, 1996. Kishore spent some struggling years in his hometown and then moved to Mumbai in 2009.
Today Kishore has his own studio in Mumbai. Kishore started by primarily painting in water colors. But his talent knew no bounds. Gradually, he switched to painting Acrylic on canvas. Today, he stands on a solid intellectual platform and his work reflects a unique streak, where color is of great importance, and form happens to be only incidental. He uses the texture in the canvas as well as experimental methods to add the finishing touch to his meticulous paintings. Kishore is also an expert in acrylic, oil, watercolor, mix media, charcoal, and soft pastels.
Kishore organized his solo exhibition in Kolkata in 1996. In 1997, he displayed his work of art at several group shows around the country. Even though Kishore has a long way to go, his paintings are slowly making their way into the homes of collectors of modern Indian art.
Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata in 1997
"Nostalgia of Indian Steam Locomotives"
Whether it's about showcasing of early 70's Indian railways or celebrating the nostalgia of Indian steam locomotives... It's a idiosyncratic collections on the series of paintings on steam locomotives by Kishore Pratim Biswas, who is a most popular contemporary Indian artist. Each paintings are representing the daily life of the Indian steam locomotive workshop in 70's Indian Railways.
Kishore Pratim Biswas was born in 1971 in Kolkata city of joy. His work has been shown in several solo and group show in Indian and aboard. The artist skillfully combines several versatile techniques. He experiments with different painting styles to continuously improve his skills.
Kishore said "Indian Steam Locomotives had an unusual character which is reflected in my paintings. The colours of the engine were mostly black and grey, the body looks too muddy, dusty and unclean which makes the surface a unique look. I never find such an amazing character ever in the world. I liked the ineffable ambient of white steam and black engine which is a dramatic visual experience for me. I was crazy. love to do live painting on watercolour, oil, pen and ink sketch of that.
For me, it's a fantasy of the Indian steam locomotives, which doesn't alive now. In the morning usually, I went to locomotives workshop for sketching. Early 90's, the day was very sad to me, I saw the engines were disassembled and sent to scrap, since as the steam locomotives were out of date in India. It was a shocking experience for me ever before. I was crying, I couldn't finish the series of painting on Indian Steam Locomotives."
Every painting has a unique group of locomotives workers which reflects that artist had a close observation of people of Indian Railways in 70's. Kishore said "I captured the movement of people likes; fireman, signalman, technical man, drivers and another worker from the locomotives workshops. My paintings have always a deep expression of the characters, the faces are beard and too black with a red pagri which looks very unusual.
Sometimes, I rode in the engine with the driver. It was a remarkable experience. I saw the way of their working style from a close view. The engine was always very hot and they work for a long time in there. still, they had a smiley face"
It's a glimpse into the lives the fantasy of 70's Indian railways.
"I'm happy because when I look in the canvas, I don't compare that to others. Not anymore.
I don't compare the way I look, the way I feel, the work that I do. I don't compare my level of happiness. I don't compare my achievements.
Because I spent years to doing that. Years, comparing myself to everyone else.
Nothing makes you feel more miserable than measuring yourself up to someone else and finding yourself lacking.". Kishore
"The Green", Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in 1996
"Nostalgia of Steam Locomotives", Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2014
"Indian Locomotives out of Museum", Lalat Kala Akademy, Delhi in 2015
"Nostalgia" Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2018
Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata in1995
"Summer meet" Gallrey 88, Kolkata in 2002
Art Flute, Bangalore in 2009
JS Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2013
"Curenta group show" by JS Art Gallery, Dubai, 2015
JS Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2015
"Three Dimension" Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore, 2015
"Curenta group show" by Art Karna , Dubai, 2015
"Art Beyond Borders" by Art Mudra, Dubai, 2016
" Colour of Spring" by Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2016
"The Art Conclave" by ICAC, Mumbai, 2016
"Lands within" by The Egg Art Studio, Delhi, 2016
"indian Art Festival" by The Lexicon Art, Delhi, 2016