Samarjit Roy Choudhury

Samarjit Roy Choudhury b. 1937

samarjit-roy-chowdhurySamarjit is recognised for folk motifs in his works. His paintings are a profound observation of rural Bengal and folk life — simple harmonic patterns, pastoral motifs, serene atmospheres and childhood reminiscences. The painter feels that reminiscence has a great link with his creative life. As a child, painter recalls going to fairs and buying clay horses and elephants, various types of dolls and other knick knacks. “I would say that most of my inspiration actually comes from the past and a nostalgia and yearning towards that. I do a lot of research into past times, and I really love history as well as traditional culture. I love to combine my love of those things. I like to incorporate many elements in my work,” said Samarjit.
In recent times, the painter has sought to blend a modern approach with his folk-based works. His recurring motifs are birds, kites, leaves, wild flowers, boats, plants and fish. Scribbles and thick lines crisscross over his paintings. His lines are not polished at all. The uneven lines create an individual language, highlighting a rural essence.

Education:
1960 : Graduated in Graphics Design, securing First Class First position, from Dhaka Govt. Institute of Art (presently Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka), Dhaka

Solo Exhibitions:
1983 : Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1990 : Alliance Francaise de Dhaka, Dhaka
1997 : Divine Art Gallery, Dhaka
2005 : Creative Studio Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
2007 : Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka

Group Exhibitions:
1960 : Contemporary Art Gallery 5th Anniversary Show, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
1961 : Pakistan National Art Exhibition, Lahore, Pakistan
1965 : 16 Artists Exhibition, Dhaka
1965 : Abstract Painting Exhibition, Dhaka
1966 : 5th Tehran Biennale, Tehran, Iran
1969 : “Nabanna” exhibition of paintings, Dhaka
1970 : “Kalbaishakhi” exhibition of paintings, Dhaka
1972 : Sketch Group Show, Dhaka
1973 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh, Kolkata, New Delhi & Mumbai, India
1973 : “Silver Jubilee” Exhibition of the College of Arts & Crafts, Dhaka
1975 & 97 : 3rd and 9th Triennial India, New Delhi, India
1975-06 : Participated in 1st to 16th National Art Exhibitions, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1976 : “Life in Bangladesh” art exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1978-97 : Bangladesh Contemporary Art Exhibitions held in GDR, Hong Kong, Yugoslavia, Italy, Japan, Zimbabwe, India, Moscow, Nepal, Oman and Paris
1981-06 : Participated in 1st to 12th Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
1988-91 : Participated in 3rd to 6th Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art, Toronto, Canada
1889 : Poster Exhibition on Child Survival & Development, Dhaka
1990 : Art Exhibition on Landscape of Bangladesh on the occasion of Victory Day, Bangladesh National Museum, Dhaka
1990 & 93 : Annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art Society of Florida, Florida, USA
1998 : Selected Artists of the Fifties, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1999 : Exhibition of Artists of the Fifties of Bangladesh on the occasion of Golden Jubilee of the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka
1999 : Contemporary Works of Bengali Artists, organised by Bengal Foundation at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1999 : Invited Eminent Artists Exhibition, jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy & Gallery Shilpangan, Dhaka
2000 : Srijon Shomahar, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka
2000 : Countrywide Mobile Art Exhibition, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy
2001 : Contemporary Art of Bangladesh Trends, organised by High Commission India at Indian Cultural Centre, Dhaka
2004 -06 : Three Group Art Exhibitions of ‘Dhaka Art Circle’ in Dhaka & Chittagong, Bangladesh

Workshops & Art Camps:
1993 : Art Camp of Contemporary Bengali Artists from Bangladesh & West Bengal (India) at Kolkata, organised by Deputy High Commission of Bangladesh, Kolkata, India
1999 : ‘Workshop of Contemporary Bengali Artists’ form West Bengal And Bangladesh at Dhaka, organised by Bengal Foundation, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2002 : Contemporary Asian Art Workshop at Rajendrapur, Bangladesh, jointly organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy & Bengal Foundation, Dhaka
2005 : Art Camp on the occasion of ‘Bengal Boishakhi Utshab 1412′ at Dhaka, organised by Bengal Foundation, Dhaka
2005 : Workshop at Agartala, India, organised byONGC, Agartala, Tripura, India
2006 : Artist Camp at Muktijudha Jadughar on the occasion of Independence Day, organised by Channel-i and Muktijudha Jadughar, Dhaka
2006 : Art Camp on the occasion of ‘Bengal Boishakhi Utshab 1413′ at Dhaka, organised by Bengal Foundation, Dhaka
2006 : “Nabanna” a Festival of Art & Craft at Shanti niketan, India, organised by Suresh Amiya Memorial Trust, West Bengal, India
2006 : “Dhaka Art Camp 2006” at Savar, organized by Bengal Foundation, Dhaka
2006 : Art Camp at Jamuna Resort, Tangail, organized by Gallery Kaya, Dhaka

Awards:
1960 : 1st Prize in the Pakistan Textile Design Competition
1960 : East Pakistan Railway Timetable Cover Design Prize

Other Creative Works:
1972 : Worked as a designer in the Book of Bangladesh National Constitution with Shilpacharya Zainul Abedin
1985 & 93 : Gallery Display Designer, 2nd & 6th South Asian Federation Games in Bangaldesh
1989 : Designer of two complete sets of new type face of Bengali alphabet for electronic typewriter as per responsibility given by Bangla Academy
1991-92 : Member, International Miniature Art Society of Florida, USA
1994 & 00 : Member, Jury Committee, 10th & 13th Young Artists Exhibition, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
1995 96 : Member, Board of Governors, Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka
1997 : Attended the 9th Triennial India International Exhibition as a commissioner representative in New Delhi, India
2000 : Member, Jury Committee, 1st Biennale Art Exhibition of Bangladesh Charu Shilpi Sangsad, Dhaka

Positions Held
Taught at the Government Institute of Fine Arts (presently Institute of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka), Bangladesh for 43 years and retired as Professor in 2003.