b. 1939, India

Jogen Chowdhury Biography

Jogen Chowdhury is known for his ability to successfully marry traditional imagery with the zeitgeist of contemporary painting, in a skillful blend of an urbane self-awareness and a highly localized Bengali influence. His early works show an attention to figuration that carries through in his current pieces. In an interview, Chowdhury commented that, in his early works, "the space projected a simple iconic presence. A spatial sequence was worked out but the space was not complex. The background seemed to vanish." Anshuman Dasgupta describes these works as more iconic and more dramatized; per contra, Chowdhury describes his later works as "now more personalized and subtle".

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During his college days, Chowdhury took part in leftist literary circles, the members of which dismissed Rabindranath Tagore as a bourgeoisie and became interested in the works of Russian authors. But by and large, Chowdhury kept himself apart from cultural movements: though a friend of the members of the Hungry Generation, his imagery was drawn from his cultural background more than his intellectual milieu.

In 1966, Chowdhury was awarded the Prix le France de la Jeune Peinture in Paris, and, in 1986, received an award at the Second Biennale of Havana, Cuba. He was presented the Kalidas Sanman by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2001. 

Jogen Chowdhury Featured Artworks

Woman Reclining by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork works on paper
Jogen Chowdhury Woman Reclining, 1999 Pen, ink and pastel on paper
50 x 70 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Woman Sitting (in White) by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork mixed media
Jogen Chowdhury Woman Sitting (in White), 1999 Pen, ink and pastel on paper
19.7 x 27.4 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Couple – II by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork mixed media
Jogen Chowdhury Couple – II, 1999 Pen, ink and pastel on paper
11.5 x 16.5 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
The Dreaming Boy by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork mixed media
Jogen Chowdhury The Dreaming Boy, 1999 Pen, ink and pastel on paper
27.3 x 19.5 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Couple – I by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork mixed media
Jogen Chowdhury Couple – I, 1999 Pen, ink and pastel on paper
11 x 14 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Torso-II (Woman) by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork works on paper
Jogen Chowdhury Torso-II (Woman), 1966 Pastel on craft paper
38.5 x 25.5 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
Torso-I (Man) by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork works on paper
Jogen Chowdhury Torso-I (Man), 1966 Pastel on craft paper
38.5 x 25.5 inches
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery
His peaceful life in Heaven by Jogen Chowdhury contemporary artwork painting
Jogen Chowdhury His peaceful life in Heaven, 2013 Oil on canvas
121.5 x 152 cm
Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke Contact Gallery

Jogen Chowdhury Recent Exhibitions

Jogen Chowdhury Represented By

Gajah Gallery contemporary art gallery in Singapore Gajah Gallery Singapore, Yogyakarta
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