1921 - 31/01/1993




Artist Profile


He was born in Dinajpur, Bangladesh.


1937-44 Diploma after 6 years course, Govt. School of Art, Calcutta. 1946 Post-Diploma, under Ramendranath Chakravarty, Govt. School of Art, Calcutta.


1950 Annual show of the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta. 1983 Heritage Gallery organised a Retrospective. Exhb. at Art Heritage, New Delhi. 1998 Retrospective Exhb., (Graphics): The Alternative Art Gallery, Calcutta. 1999 Retrospective Exhb., Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore. International Graphics Art Exhb. in Leipzig, Tokyo, Osaka, Italy, Norway, China, Australia and Switzerland. 2003 Manifestations, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, World Trade Center, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi. 2004 Manifestations II, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


Art Heritage, New Delhi. National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


1949,50,54 Gold Medal, Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta (Also in 1954). 1949,55 Gold Medal, Hyderabad Art Society, Hyderabad. 1950,51,58 Gold Medal, Shilpa Kala Parishad, Patna. 1958 Gold Medal, Society of Painters, Madras. 1986-87 Akademi Award, given by West Bengal State Akademi of Art, Music and Dance, Calcutta. Received Honour from Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta. 1989 Received `Abanindra Puraskar`, Govt. of West Bengal.


Harendranarayan Das moved from one medium to another, at times reverted to the earlier ones. From the mid 1950s his graphics art showed increasing skill and confidence. The bulk of Haren Das`s substantial body of prints comprised woodcuts, wood engravings and etchings as it was his favourite medium. Occasionally, he switched over to linocuts for change. For softer effects, or diffused quality of light, he resorted to sugar aquatint, or to mezzotine. He did drypoints as well. Much of his work is comparable to prints of the Victorian period, reflective of a particular world, known and deeply etched in the mind, repetitive and mechanical at times, but tightly composed, where, apart from the documentary value, skill and trimness matter a great deal. Minute workmanship and a keen power of observation are conspicuous. Meticulous rendering attracts the viewer`s attention to themes both commonplace and off-beat.


He was an Art Teacher, Zilla School, Cumilla. 1947 Taught Graphic Art, Govt. School of Art, Calcutta. 1951-81 Lecturer, Graphic Arts department, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Calcutta.