Paintings of Ashok Bhowmick

Profile of Ashok Bhowmick

Ashok Bhowmick

Location: New Delhi

Cross hatching is a complex technique - now fairly rare – through
which the artist shades with intersecting sets of parallel lines,
moving carefully from light to dark, to give the image depth and

Ashok Bhowmick - a senior, well recognised artist from India - discovered his talent as an artist at an early age, but chose the
cross hatch as his preferred technique in 1974.

Ashok Bhowmick’s inherited his proclivity for art from his
mother, who was also his first teacher. Apart from being an
exceptional painter, he is also an experimental sculptor, a philosopher and writer. Sixty years of experience, dedication and
love of simplicity layer his canvases.

This artist’s most significant work includes:

Coal Mine Series:

The mining of coal gathered commercial momentum in India in
1853, using the underprivileged for hard manual labour.
The abysmal poverty and sub-human physical condition of these
workers, reflected in their lifeless, expressionless gaze, moved
Bhowmick and inspired this series, akin to extraordinary, pictorial representations, as if of human installations cast in stone.

The Warli Series:

The artist has given a contemporary layer to this tribal art form
from the North Sahayadri Range in Maharashtra, making it playful and humorous.

The Jai Ho Series:

These paintings point to the child within us: free, unspoiled by
social conditioning, full of an inner joy that is not dependent on people, things, events or circumstances. Jai Ho indeed!!!

The Bull Series:

Through time, the Bull has been a popular subject for artists and
buyers alike. The Bull represents many different things to different people across civilisations, but almost all the symbolism centres
around strength, power and determination.

No wonder then, that this series is also Bhowmick’s most popular.
It’s hard to hold his Bull’s fierce, hypnotic gaze without blinking. But do try to stand your ground!!!

Amina & The Bird Series:

Birds were introduced into Bhowmick’s paintings after an incident that remains very close to his heart. Amina, a little girl who was once Bhowmick’s neighbour, used to spend most of her days playing with birds. Amina’s life took an unpleasant turn when she was married off during her childhood years, cutting her off brutally and abruptly from her childish, happy pastime.

Bhowmick, who himself has a natural affinity with birds, sees birds as fearless beings that can offer great companionship to
humans. Birds are also a common thread in the Coal Mine, Bull,
Warli and Jai Ho series.
Other work in this Solo Exhibition includes Jesus Christ, Lord
Ganesh, Goddess Durga, King, Musician and Flower.


Masters in Science


‘The Layered Lens: crosshatching by Ashok Bhowmick', Gallereie Splash, Gurgaon 2020

‘Ashok – 74’, one man show at Kanpur, 1974
‘Sun & the Beggar’, one man show at Nehru Hall, Azamgarh, 1980
‘Sun & the Beggar’, one man show at Academy Of Fine Arts,Calcutta, 1980
‘Amidst the Darkness’, one man show at Senate Hall, Allahabad University, Allahabad, 1983
‘Recent paintings’, one man show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1991
‘Ganesha’, one man show at Artists' Centre, Mumbai, 1993
‘Undulations’, one man show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1994
‘My city, my childhood’, one man show at Academy Of Fine Arts, Calcutta, 1996
‘Manushi & other paintings’, one man show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1997
Works On Paper, one man show at Admit One Art Gallery, New York, USA, 1999
‘Recent Works’, one man show at Katayun Gallery, Calcutta, 2001
Selected Works, one man show at Kumar Gallery, New Delhi, 2004
‘Warli in Me and other paintings’, one man show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2004
‘Streetchildren’, one man show at Hamail Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, 2005
'Retrospective 1997-2007’one man show at Kumar Art Gallery, 2007
‘Recent Works’at Museum Art Gallery, 2009 (Organized by Kumar Gallery) 
‘Epic on the rock shelter’. Organized by Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai 2014

Group Exhibitions 

Annual Art Exhibitions of State Lalit Kala Academy, U.P. in 1973, 1974, 1978 and 1980
All India Exhibition of Paintings, organised by Academy Of Fine Arts, Calcutta, in 1980 &1981
All India Exhibition of Contemporary Arts organised by Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta 1981
'Art of Uttar Pradesh', organised jointly by the Central Lalit Kala Academy and State Lalit Kala Academy
Under Inter State Cultural Exchange Programme, 1977-78
Silver Jubilee Exhibition of State Lalit Kala Academy U.P. in 1990. This exhibition was organised at
Lucknow, Goa, Chennai and Delhi
Art of Bengal , jointly organised by Art Today Art Gallery and Gallery Katayun at Delhi 2001
Art Access-V  exhibition, organised by Birla Academy of Art & Culture at Mumbai, 2001
Autumnal Applauds, organised by Katayun Gallery, Calcutta, 2001
Jewels of Contemporary Indian Art , organised by Concern India Foundation at Mumbai 2001
Spirit of the Century, Kumar Art Gallery, 2004
'Four Contemporary Artists from India' at Hamail Art Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan, 2005.
'Celebration', Kumar Art Gallery, 2007,
'Celebration', Kumar Art Gallery, 2008 
'Celebration', Kumar Art Gallery, 2010 
Participated in 2nd Art Summit , New Delhi 2011
Group show at Hamail Art Gallery , Dubai 2013
Group show at Unicorn Gallery , Karachi 2011