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Born in 1965 ,Tamluk

Paresh Maity was born in Tamluk, a suburban town near the Bay of Bengal who has been a prolific painter in a short career span with a unique place in the Indian art scene who was often referred to as the “William Turner of India”. There is the unmistakable ‘soulfulness’ of mood and memory, sweep and slash of colours and the transparent depth of his watercolour that makes Maity’s artistry a wonderful coalescence of art and thought. He weaves into his psychological stream the many faces of nature — the colours of the sea and the pitter-patter of raindrops. Nature has always been a part of his psyche and surroundings. Throughout Paresh’s childhood, nature was omnipresent. He lived in a time where one had to become either an engineer or a doctor. Nevertheless, he went to Kolkata then to Delhi to pursue art but lacking the financial capacity to enroll in the College of Art, he went back to Kolkata. Here is where he had the glimpse of the works of the Western masters such as Rembrandt, Turner, Constable, Winslow Homer to name a few at the Victoria Memorial Hall which he used to visit. Seeing their works sparked in him the desire to be like them; he wanted to be known as a hardworking artist. In awe of Rembrandt’s way of using light, he tried to capture his method and simultaneously admired the impressionists, the cubist phase of Picasso but considered Rembrandt, Homer and Turner to be his favorites. He traveled all over India, and anywhere he went, he painted nature but felt that his understanding of it was never enough. At the onset of the 90s, figures started to appear in his works as opposed to the traditional landscapes from his early years. Figures of men and women, animals and birds became part of his watercolour, a medium which he had come to master. Paresh despised the harsh side of life which reflected in his paintings which are all soft and soothing.

Like many other artists of India, Paresh had a humble beginning. His first work of three watercolours was sold for Rs 75 each to Gallery Chemould in Kolkata when he was 18 years old.

Paresh is an instinctive master of watercolour, a notoriously difficult medium and has the ability to interpret light in terms of pure colors. It is hard to classify his work within any particular tradition of watercolour painting. He has progressed from an early realism to a more moody expressionistic and atmospheric style.


What has become of paramount importance to Paresh is to ‘capture the moment’ . He chooses to work directly from nature - on the spot. “If you paint directly from nature, what you have is a direct transformation”, he says. ‘You can capture the moment, the emotion, the feeling, the light.”

Graduating from the Government College of Art in 1990, he brought with him the myriad memories of the bustling Kolkata trains to the capital city of Delhi. “Travelling everyday by the trains, watching the people go about their everyday chores was an image that remained in my mind, I suddenly realized how central the human image is to our understanding, to our deeper instincts.” In the case of Paresh, he did not use pencil, pen and ink like the old masters in the 1700s; instead he used the colour directly with the brush to indicate tonal contrasts along with the distinctiveness of applying the highlights as well as the darker tonalities. Paresh never played with description; it was always the real thing and you realized that his paintings too were born of that realism.
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Once he’s back from his sojourns all over the world, he ceases to meet anyone in the morning hours, he spends all his time in the act of creation. “Painting is a passion for me, it is a parallel from if self expression”. The works during mid-80s to the end of the decade register this impact most fully. In this crucial period, he laid aside the sharp gesturalist rhetoric that had been his trademark, replacing it with a softened, blunted mark. In the closing years of the preceding century, Paresh abandoned his older approach altogether and devoted himself entirely to the new stylistic direction that he had traced out for himself in a few key paintings.

For centuries, the Camel Fair at Pushkar in Rajasthan, has been a colourful mingling of sacred ritual and business. Around the full moon in the month of Kartik (October and November), 200,000 or so pilgrims and traders come to this town to trade some 50,000 camels and other livestock and to take a cleansing dip in lake by one of the two temples in India dedicated to Brahma. At Pushkar, it was the sight of the ghats around the lake that enthralled Paresh. “About 52 ghats and a profusion of people with cattle, cows, camels, women with those long lehengas and rich embroidered work with beads, mirrors and bells. The scene is a fantastic mix of another age in today’s world. The colour that they wore, the magenta, the sunset yellow, the parrot green, nowhere in India do we encounter so many colours all at once. I came back and started a few watercolor with just different studies of these faces.” This is how the Niyaka series in his genre was born. Face to face series for Paresh derives it very essence from the power of memory. Through the faces that came off his train of thought, Paresh’s attempt was to capture the elusive images of the human countenance in concrete definite forms.
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A very skilled artist, he wields a rugged palette, and is extremely versatile in his treatment of colour and texture. He has held many solo shows, including exhibitions at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, Gallerie Ganesha in New Delhi and Gallery Katayun in Kolkata. He has participated in various group shows like the National Art Exhibition in Jaipur, Kala Mela, Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, and the Citibank Group Show in Mumbai. Besides other accolades, he has also received the National Scholarship from the Government of India and the All India Mini Sculpture Exhibition Award from AIFACS. He gradually moved from atmospheric scenery to representations of the human form. His more recent paintings are bold and graphic, with a strong color and unusual cropping. His works are in a number of collections, including the British Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. In early years he did many watercolours of different locations.
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Master of Fine Arts, College of Art, New Delhi
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Government College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata

Honours and Awards
1983    Gold Medal, USSR, 
1983    Award from Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
1985    Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata, 
1985    Award, Government of West Bengal for Best Water Colour Painting Award, 
1986    Award, Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata, 
1987    Jamini Roy Birth Centenary Celebration Award, 
1988    Governor's Gold Medal from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, 
1988    Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru Birth Centenary Celebration Award, 
1989    National Scholarship Award, Government of India, 
1990    All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award for Best Watercolour Painting, New Delhi, 
1990    Award for Outstanding Painting, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata, 
1990    All India Fine Arts and Craft Society Award for 62nd All India Art Exhibition, Delhi
1992    Pt. Ravishankar Award from College of Art, New Delhi, 
1993    British Council Visitor ship, 
1999    Harmony Award, Mumbai, 
2002    Royal  Watercolour Society, London, 
2005    Indo-American Society, 
2012    Dayawati Modi Award for Art, Culture and Education, 
2013    ABP’s Sera Bengali Award, Kolkata, 
2013    Hall of Fame by Hello (Times of India Group)
2013    Sera Bengali Award in Kolkata by ABP
2014    Cartier Award, St. Moritz Switzerland Art Masters, 
2014    Padma Shri, Government of India, 
2016    Eastern Eye Editor’s Special Award for contribution in field of art in Royal Festival Hall, London,
2017    Award from Bihar Government, 

Solo Exhibitions
2017    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, presented by Art Musings
2017    Forty Years of Watercolour, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, presented by Art Alive Gallery
2017    Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai presented by Gallery Sumukha
2016    Beyond Horizons, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
2015    CIMA Gallery, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata
2014    The Arts House, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Singapore
2014    Symphony of Silence, Jehangir Art Gallery and Art Musings, Mumbai
2013    Venetian Odyssey, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2012    Passion, presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore at The Arts House, Singapore
2011     Shesh Lekha: The Last Poems of Rabindranath Tagore, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, Mumbai; Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai; Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2010    The World on Canvas, presented by Art Alive gallery, New Delhi at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
2009    Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai
2009    Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai
2009    Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai
2009    Montage Moments Memories, Jehangir Art Gallery; Art Musings, Mumbai
2008    Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore; Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong
2008    An Enchanting Journey – Paresh Maity's Kerala, Art Alive, New Delhi
2007    Paresh Maity: Drawings, Paintings, Sculptures, Photographs, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2006    Aicon Gallery, Palo Alto
2006    Visual Arts Gallery, Hong Kong in collaboration with Gallery Sumukha
2005    Arts India, New York
2005    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in collaboration with Art Musings, Mumbai
2005    Gallery in Cork Street, London in association with ICICI Bank
2004    Organized by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore and Easel, Singapore at Alliance Francaise, Singapore
2004    Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2003    Shapes in Symphony, Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
2003    Arts India, New York
2003    Tagore Centre, Berlin
2003    Venetian Odyssey, British Council, New Delhi
2001    Venetian Odyssey, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2001    Philip Gallery, London
2000    Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2000    Gallerie Aspekte, Germany
2000    Venetian Odyssey, Hotel Aryanbika, Debrecen, Hungary
2000    Gallerie Mohanjeet, Paris
1999    Two Decades of Classic Watercolours, Shridharani, Triveni Kala, Sangam; Gallery Ganesha, and British Council, New Delhi
1998    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998    Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998    Gallery Mohanjeet, Paris
1998    Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
1997    Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1996    Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
1996    Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi
1996    Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1996    Paracelsus Rotenfleskdinik  Ausgestelt in association with Gallery Aspekie, Germany
1996    ARKS Gallery, London
1995    Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1994    British Council, Kolkata
1994    Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1994    The Gallery, Chennai
1994    Gallery Aspekte, Germany
1994    Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
1993     Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1993    All India Fine Arts and Craft Society (AIFACS), New Delhi
1992    Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1992    Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1992    Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1992    Siddartha Art Gallery, Kathmandu
1992    Windsor Manor, Bangalore
1991    Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1991    Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
1991    Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai
1990    Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1990    Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
1989    Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
1988    Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017    Culture of the Streets, Aicon Gallery, New York
2012    Talking Heads, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2012    Eternal Landscapes, with Ram Kumar presented by ICIA at The Arts Trust, Mumbai
2011    States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day, Aicon Gallery, London
2011    Gallery Sumukha, Chennai
2011    Aureus 2011, Gallery Nvya, New Delhi
2010    Symbols and Metaphors, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2009    Mark of Masters -2, Art and soul, Mumbai
2009    Think Small, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2009    Beyond the Form, Bajaj Capital Art House; Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2008    Review, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2007    Young Guns, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai
2007    Art Alive, London
2007    Art and Fashion Show, Gallery Sumukha
2007    Royal Watercolour Society, London
2007    Ueno, Royal Museum, Tokyo
2007    Darpan, Gallery Nvya, New Delhi
2007    Indian Summer, Art Alive, London
2007    Vistar, Limited Edition, New Delhi
2007    House of Lords, London in collaboration with Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006    Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
2006    Style File Show, Mumbai
2006    Two to Tango, Gallery Nvya, New Delhi
2006    V & A, London
2006    Tate Britain, UK
2005    Joint Exhibition with Gallery Nvya, New Delhi
2005    Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi 
2005    Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi
2005    Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005    Kumar Art Gallery, Mumbai
2005    Arushi Art, New Delhi
2005    Royal Watercolour Society, London
2005    Sanskriti Art Gallery, Kolkata
2005    Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
2004    Family Group Show, Visual Art, London
2003    Uttarayan, group show of Egypt
2002    Rossy and Rossy Gallery, London in association with Gallery’88, Kolkata
2002    International water colour exhibition, Royal Watercolour Society, London
2001    Rossy and Rossy Gallery, London, in association of Modi Foundation
2001    Erotica, Gallery Mohanjeet, Paris
2000    Participated in Indian exhibition in Dubai
1997    Images of Kolkata, Exhibition along with Ragu Rai and Desmond Doig, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata
1996    Tribute to Mother Teresa, Mumbai
1996    Sakhi Mandal, Bangalore
1996    Gallery 88, Kolkata
1996    Rotary Club, Kolkata
1996    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1996    Views and Visions, Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi
1996    Wounds, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1996    National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi
1996    Trends and Images, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
1996    World Miniature Exhibition, Toronto, Canada
1995    Tree in My Life, Village Gallery, New Delhi
1995    Urusvathi, New Delhi
1995    Hyatt Regency, New Delhi
1994    Gallery Katayun, Kolkata
1994    Gallery 88, Kolkata
1994    Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition, Tokyo
1994    People for Animals, Taj Hotel, New Delhi
1993    Malhar, Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi
1993    Gallery Katayun, Kolkata

2012    Synergy 2012, 12th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai
2011    Celebrations 2011, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi
2010    Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City, represented by Art Alive Gallery at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games
2010    Summer Show 2010, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata
2010    Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2010    Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010    Celebration 2010, Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007    Harmony Show, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2006    17th Anniversary Show, Gallery Ganesha
2005    Triennale, India
2005    Lalit Kala’s Golden Jubille Celebration Show, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi
1997    Aquarelle Internationale  Thun, Switzerland
1996    Silver Jubilee Exhibition. Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1995    Cleveland International Drawing Biennale, Cleveland
1991    Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1990    Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
1990    Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1989    Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
1989    Annual Exhibition, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

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