1938 - 26/08/1999




Artist Profile


Born in Karimganj, Bangladesh. Worked with Benode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinkar Baij when he was a student in Santiniketan. He was one of the founder members of the Society of Contemporary Artists, Calcutta. He has been a painter, sculptor and print maker. Worked with Marble in South of France, International Sculpture Camp, Mazel. 1966-67 Visited France, Belgium and Holland. 1967 Visited England and West Germany. 1972 He was commissioned for steel sculpture for Hindustan Steel, Asia`72, New Delhi and for Metal and Mineral Trading Corporation of India. 1974 Commissioned for stainless steel outdoor sculpture for Larsen and Toubro, Pawai, Bombay. 1975 Onwards worked with fibre glass. 1975-75 Also designed a range of garments for export. 1976-77 Director, Design and Development Centre, Goa. 1980 Director, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.


1948-54 Studied at High School, Karimganj, Assam. 1957-1961 Graduated in Fine Arts, Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. 1966-67 Received specialized painting training in Ecole des Beaux Arts, obtaining French Govt. Fellowship, Paris. Passed the Audio-Visual Method Examination, Alliance Francaise.


1962,63,64,65 Participated in the group shows by Society of Contemporary Artists, Calcutta, Delhi and Bombay. Since 1962 participated in the National Exhb., Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1962 Solo exhb. organised by Alliance Francaise Da Calcutta at French Cultural Centre Gallery, Calcutta. 1963 Exhb. sponsored by The Society of Contemporary Artists at The Artistry House, Calcutta. 1964 Solo exhb. in New Delhi. 1964 Solo show of paintings, Society of Contemporary Artists, Calcutta. 1964-66 Group exhb. at Gallery Chemould, Bombay, Calcutta. 1965 Represented in `Indian Painting Now` at Commonwealth Arts Festival, London. 1965 St. Peter`s Abbey, Newcastle. 1965 Gent. Belgium. 1966 One man show at Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi. 1967 Represented in Young Artists of Today, Paris. 1967 Solo show at Rue Gozlin, Paris, London, Bruselles and Amsterdam. 1968 Solo show in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Paris. 1968 Solo show Gallery Chemould, Bombay. 1969 Solo show of collages,


Society of Contemporary Artists, London. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Taj Hotel, Bombay. Punjab Museum, Chandighar. Birla Academy of Arts and Culture, Calcutta. Mr. Jean Daridan, Paris. Dr. A. Lindt, Geneva. Mr. Peter O` Tool, London. Dr. H.N. Roland, London. Mr. M. Gar-stone Laclare, Paris. Madam Colone, Brussels. Mr. & Mrs. Waldmar Gaymann, Munich. Mr. & Mrs. Max Hellmann, Washington. Mr. Erhard Hein, West Germany. Mrs. Gayatri Dalmia, New Delhi. Mr. Masoorori Pukoka, Japan. Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


1957-61 Obtained Govt. of India Scholarship for higher studies. 1966-67 Awarded French Govt. Fellowship for specialised training in Fine Arts. 1975 AIFACS Award, New Delhi. 1975 President of India`s Gold Plaque for best exhibit. 1978 Received the National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1983 Invited by British Council to visit Artists Organisations and Studios. 1986 State Dept., United States of America invited to visit various states of America to study and acquaint the American contemporary art scene today.


Sudhi Ranjan Bhushan`s most substantial works - paintings, sculptures, collages and screen prints bears the imprint of an intense and keen understanding of the medium. They are the result of a mind, which has strong natural and unmixed non-figurative inclinations. Unlike his noted contemporaries, Bhusan wants to escape the reality without any built in philosophical appendix to his works. He doesnot offer any philosophical quiz to justify the escape. Nor does he pretend to solve some `technical` problems with high-brow seriousness. Yet, in this luminous bid for escape, one can detect the restless shadow of the reality he wanted to flee. His use of tear - sheets of corrugated paper tells us of darker things in sombre, brown silence.


1962-63 Senior Art Teacher at Gyan Bharati, Calcutta. 1964-66 Incharge of the Art Dept., Cambridge School, New Delhi. 1978-80 Taught as Visiting Faculty in the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. 1980 Assistant Professor, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.