“I am not an artist but a painter. I like to paint directly; so initially I look for the structure of a painting, then put up colours and in the last stage, I give the finishing touch."

Born in1937 Bengal, the artist did diploma in painting from Government College of Arts & Crafts. Working mainly with gouache and tempera, his subjects are drawn from nature and the men and women from the Bengali middle class surroundings. Influenced with the poto chitra painters from his childhood, his paintings are subject based, simple yet well composed. They are in bright colours with a smooth finish that the artist uses to give life to his very expressive figures almost frozen in time. With his characteristic lines and colours he lays great emphasis on the physical characteristics and came to be known for his stylized human forms.

In his early years he started with oil painting doing still life and also experimented with pastels, and for few years he devoted to graphic works in abstract forms working for more than six years with lithographic prints at the Graphic Department of Kalabhavana, Santiniketan.  Involved with lithography and intaglio, he is also highly acclaimed for his work as a printmaker. He gradually moved onto figurative drawing with tempera which became his favoured form.

Lalu Prasad Shaw as one of the leading graphic artists during the 60’s exhibited extensively in India and abroad since 1956, and his works have been a part of prestigious international shows.

He is the recipient of several awards like West Bengal State Lalit Kala Academy Award, 1959, National Award in Graphic Art, India, 1971, Birla Academy Award, Kolkata, 1975-1978, Award for Graphic Art and Drawing, 1978, All India Graphic and Drawing Exhibition, Chandigarh, 1981.


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