Bikash Bhattacharjee (1940 – 2006)
Having lost his father at a very young age Bikash Bhattacharjee had a childhood
full of struggle. Form his early years, the rooftops and alleyways of north Calcutta,
the crumbling walls of buildings, the variety of people wove a certain magic in
his mind. In 1963, he graduated from Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship.
He began teaching at Indian College of Art and Draftsmanship in 1968. Later
from 1973, Bhattacharjee began teaching at the Government College of Art &
Craft and taught there till 1982. In 1964, he became a member of the Society of
Contemporary Artists.
At his best Bhattacharjee achieves an enigmatic quality in his paintings that works
on many levels from the visual to the subconscious. Female beauty is a major
preoccupation of Bhattacharjee. But he also creates a varied cast of characters in
his canvases- old men and women, children, domestic help etc.

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