Ganesh Haloi

Ganesh Haloi was born in Jamalpur, Mymensingh, now in Bangladesh in 1936. He moved to Calcutta after the Partition in 1950. The trauma of the uprooting left its mark on his work as it did on some other painters of his generation. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft in Calcutta in 1956. The next year he joined the Archaeological Survey of India to make copies of the Ajanta murals. After seven years' involvement in the work, Haloi returned to work in Calcutta. He taught at the Government College of Art and Craft since 1963 till his retirement. Since 1971, he has been a 'member of the Society of Contemporary Artists.

'The experience of Ajanta influenced Haloi profoundly. His work was marked by lyricism. Haloi worked in many mediums and initially painted figures in landscapes. The mood was inevitable poignant. Gradually, Haloi moved towards landscapes. A sense of nostalgia for a lost world pervaded these paintings. Event- ally, Haloi turned to abstract renderings of landscapes. Dots, dashes, lines became cryptic signs for trees, water, green fields. A refreshing interlude came when Haloi did some paintings after a tour of the ruins of Gour Pandua in north Bengal.

Haloi has done a number of commissioned mosaic murals. His stint at Ajanta led him to study Buddhism and do research on the technique of Ajanta murals. He published a research paper on the "Techniques of Ajanta Murals" in the journal of Art in Industry in 1964.

He belongs to that distinguished lineage of Indian abstractionist painters who phrase their non-representational explorations as stylised departures from the landscape.

Haloi’s gouaches and watercolours, reflect a significant shift in direction. The artist leaves the flatness of topography and constructs new forms. Each bears witness to the revelry of the natural world, with its dialogue between the brilliance of a sunburst set against the vibrancy of a rainbow.

Haloi lives and works in Calcutta.

Artwork for Sale

Untitled
by Ganesh Haloi

Size:

16 X 16 inches

Untitled
by Ganesh Haloi

Size:

15 X 19 inches