Art Dubai, Modern – curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

Emami Art is delighted to present the work of Jogen Chowdhury in the Modern Section at Art Dubai, 2022. The sketches and paintings of human and animal figures from the artist’s early career show his passion and mastery in academic realism and its transition into a more subjective expressionist language.

Santiniketan-based noted Indian painter Jogen Chowdhury is best known for his figurative work, which critics describe as simultaneously representational and abstract, ornamental and richly metaphorical. He was born in Faridpur (a village, now in Bangladesh) and migrated to India as the result of Partition in 1947. A fellow-traveller of Indian modernism, Jogen Chowdhury is one of the few artists who witnessed the new nation’s development from its margin, from the position of a refugee in a new state. His work carries, both at the thematic level and also at the level of medium and craftsmanship, the memories of migration and displacement, changing political views and his deep interest in the morphology and sheer physicality of the human body, shaped by unique erotic sensibility, dark wits and irony. Ranjit Hoskote, poet and art critic, remarks that his work blends the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetics of irregularity and desuetude with the Indian aesthetics of Rang that emphasizes the saturation of expressive mood and atmosphere.

Jogen Chowdhury (b 1939)


Born in Faridpur, Bangladesh, Jogen Chowdhury studied painting at Government College of Art & Craft, Kolkata and later, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, between 1955 to 1965. Internationally renowned contemporary artist, he has been the subject of solo exhibitions Reverie and Reality at Emami Art, Kolkata; Compelling Presence: A Retrospective Exhibition at National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru; Abahaman: Flowing Lines, at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; at Bose Pacia Modern, New York; Pundole’s Art Gallery, Mumbai; among many others. In addition, he has participated in the historic exhibitions on contemporary Indian art, Pictorial Space (1979) and Place for People (1880) at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and in the Triennale India (1971,1974,1977).

Jogen Chowdhury is the recipient of prestigious Kalidas Samman, Banga Bibhushan Samman and Jainul Samman. He lives and works in Santiniketan, Kolkata and New Delhi.