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Signed and dated 'Jogen / 2007' (upper left)
Initialed in Bengali and dated '2007' (lower left)

Further signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Jogen Chowdhury / 'Woman (exposing her teeth)' / 2007 / Santiniketan / 35 x 50 cm. / Ink & mixed media (on the reverse)
Further inscribed with the artist's code '172/2007' (on the reverse)

PROVENANCE
Acquired directly from the artist.
Private collection, Dubai.

“He is a painter of the human body but Jogen does not construct his figures like a builder with lumps of flesh or hew it out like carver all in one piece. Like women crocheting apparels, he knits them into shape squiggle by squiggle, and turns the body of interlocked squiggles into quivering, heaving, criss- crossed flesh. Doodled into existence with almost indolent casualness his bodies - soft, extensive, amorphous - are regulated by myriad inner and outer energies and evoke the asymmetrical forms and rhythms of the vegetal world we collectively call nature.” (R. Siva Kumar, ‘ Jogen Chowdhury - Lyric and Enigmatic Visions’, Retrospective: Jogen Chowdhury, Kala Bhavana, exhibition catalogue, Shantiniketan, 2013, p. 5)

Jogen’s visual language is derived from his early years in Eastern Bengal. Having travelled through the state as a young man and the impressions he gathered - the wet paddy fields, water bodies and creepers - explains his fascination for organic shapes.

His works are complex creations of highly dramatic figures, characterized by strong, plasmic and effortlessly controlled lines. Usually painted against a stark background, his characters seem like creatures of evocative detail, breathing with a life that is their own. His unique crosshatching technique only facilitates in transforming his images to theatrical figurations.

Jogen Chowdhury

(b. 1939)
Born in 1939 in erstwhile Bengal, now Bangladesh, Jogen Chowdhury studied at Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata, the Studio Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, and the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. His most recent solo exhibitions include ‘Jogen Chowdhury: Formative to Recent’, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, in 2014; ‘Lignes de Meditation’, Gallery Veda, Chennai, in 2012-13; ‘A Calligraphy of Touch and Gaze’ by Kalakriti Art Gallery at ICIA, Mumbai, in 2008; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007; the Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, in 2006; and Bose Pacia, New York, in 2002. Chowdhury’s works have been exhibited in several group shows including ‘Ideas of the Sublime’, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2013; ‘Figure / Landscape: Part Two’, Aicon Gallery, London, in 2010-11; ‘Dali’s Elephant’, Aicon Gallery, London, ‘Paper Trails’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, ‘Pretty Ugly’, Bose Pacia, Kolkata, ‘Image and symbol: Painters Perception’, Aakrit Art Gallery, Kolkata, in 2010; ‘Modern Continuous’, Galerie 88, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘Inverting, Inventing, Traditions’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London, in 2007; Drawing Show an Act of Art II’, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006; those by Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York, in 2002 and 2001; the ‘Festival of India’ Geneva, in 1989; the II Havana Biennale, in 1986; and the Sao Paulo Biennale, in 1979. He was awarded the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh State Government in 2001, the Shiromani Award, Kolkata, in 1997, and the Prix le France de la Jeune Peinture in 1966. The artist lives and works in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.