A famous oil on canvas from Bikash Bhattacharjee's 'Doll series'
Born in 1940, Bhattacharya's first solo exhibition was held in Kolkata in 1965. He made a mark with his Doll Series in 1980s.
Bikash Bhattacharjee mostly depicted what he saw around him but giving it a whole new dimension and existence. His rendition of an ordinary situation is passionate and intense, charged with emotions. Bikash not only enjoyed making portraits from ordinary life but also painted characters from theatre or films. Everyday happenings were noted down realistically through art. To him art has a purpose to reach out to people, and its main aim is to communicate. He did not believe in abstraction. He felt like a photojournalist, capturing images, at times focusing it, at times changing the frame, giving new angle and at times applying his own perspective. He mastered the technique of use light. The series called Durga epitomizes women in all their strength, beauty and completeness and possessed of the third eye. He believes this to be his tribute to female power.There is a touch of humanity in Bikash?s paintings.