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Arup Das

An Art graduate from Govt. College of Arts & Crafts, Calcutta, Arup Das is one of India’s most well-known artists. From his beginnings in West Bengal, Arup has traveled to several countries across the world including Canada, Japan and the UK hosting his solo shows that have been huge successes. He has also extensively participated in group shows of Indian artists.
He is a figurative artist able to use both oils and watercolors and has been heaped with praises for his murals. His paintings that employ the usage of multiple media have humans as a central theme. He views man as a social being interacting with his cultural environment.
One of Das’ most patronized theme is the coming of the Messiah with a message of eternal hope and ultimate salvation for mankind. His `Krishna and Radha' series reminds one of Shuva Prasanna's works though the treatment is different. The cowherd god is invariably depicted in his blue colour holding the flute. The artist's portrayal is more or less on traditional lines. Radha, on the other hand, is treated slightly differently. She is made to look like a `queen' with a wreath of leaves (more like a `fertility wreath') in one, and in another she is depicted on the lines of a medieval miniature painting.
His canvases largely are often a blend of blurred images and are timeless and lend themselves to interesting interpretation.
An accomplished artist, Arup Das has been awarded fellowship by the British Council in 1972. Besides other awards, he has also won the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi in 1957 and the President's Silver Plaque in 1957.
Today, his works can be found in the reputed collections of the National Gallery of Modem Art, New Delhi, the Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi, and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi.
He currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.
“My works are about human beings, but I like to put them in their historical and social context."

Artwork for Sale

by Arup Das


54 X 54 inches

by Arup Das


39 X 59 inches