Dipak Banerjee (b.1936)

Dipak Banerjee graduated from Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kolkata in1957. He went to France on a French Government scholarship. He also received aNorwegian government stipend and worked at the Alelier Nord, Oslo and workedthere from 1976 to 1977. He was a teacher at the Faculty of Visual Arts, BanarasHindu University from 1968 to 1996.The recent series of paintings by Dipak Banerjee deserves a much closer lookdue to his ability to draw the geometric accuracy of ‘tantric’ symbols with theunmistakable devotion of a Master in the tradition of Indian miniature painting. Heknows the degree of exactitude needed to convey the thematic import adequately.His variation from cold precision to the warmth of freer flow of line and color insome of paintings in this series proves the strength of his remarkable control of hismedium that, technically speaking, is of his own making. Like the proverbial imageLord Vishnu as the Universal ‘creator’, that he has painted as a pair of footprints as‘Vishnupada’’, Dipak Banerjee is today the undisputed leader and ‘creator’ of whatwas earlier known as the ‘Neo-Tantric’ school of painting in India.

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