Arpita Basu

  • Title: Locked Down
  • Medium: Water colour on paper
  • Size: 29.5 x 19.5
  • Year: 2023
  • On Request

About Artist

Arpita Basu

“My work is influenced by Bengali rhythms and traditions. I draw my inspiration
from the Persian art, Mughal miniature paintings, Bengal and Neo Bengal
School of art, folk art and religious designs (commonly known as “Alpona” in
Bengal, made with rice paste) intrinsically reflecting upon a typical rural and
urban livelihood, the contours of time dictated by simple, daily chores in an
unhurried fashion. My painting breathes of a woman’s world.”

That is in essence the works of this artist from Bengal. Drawn in water colour
on hand made paper, one of the most difficult medium to portray a narrative
Arpita uses the subdued tones of brown green sepia to build the characters in
her story. They are a reflection of the everyday life in the villages and the city
landscapes of men women and children. The subdued palette creates a
sublime effect on the vast panorama of life.

The artist did her M.V.A. from RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY, Kolkata in
1992, and was the recipient of “The Pollock –Krasner Foundation Inc.” grant
1998-99, NY USA National scholarship, 1990-1992 Govt. of India Rajya
Charukala Exhibition, Govt. west Bengal 1987, 1994.

Over the years she has had her solo exhibition of her works in Kolkata, Delhi,
Mumbai, and Bangalore. She has also participated in several group shows
and her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in London,
Paris, and USA.

Her painting is in the Governor House, India and is a part of the archival
collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and with several
collectors in India and abroad.

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