(Last Updated on : 11-06-2013)
Dharmanarayan Das gupta was born in Tripura
. In 1970 He joined the Society of Contemporary Artists, Kolkata
. In 1960 he did Diploma in Fine Arts from Kala Bhavan, Shantiniketan
. He had great sense of structure which he never discarded when he explored dreams. Das gupta by the late 70's had evoked a style by which he came to be known, where the prime medium was a special genre of egg tempera on canvas using a mouth spray for finishing effect. A recognizable range of characters and scenes animated his compositions with jocularity, mischief and satire. Das gupta introduced a whimsical note into fantasy images.
His Solo Exhibitions:
# 1963 Exhb. at Artistry House, Kolkata.
# 1984 Participated Kala Yatra, Chennai
# 1985 Exhb. at Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi
# 1985 Exhb. at the Calcutta Art Gallery, Kolkata.
# 1988 Exhb. at Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata.
# 1991 Exhb. at Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi.
His Group Exhibitions:
# 1961-63 National Exhibition, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi; Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta; Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata; West Bengal
# 1964 Exhb. of Three Artists, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi.
# 1966 Six Painters, Artistry House, Kolkata.
# 1967 Exhb. at Arts and Prints Gallery, Kolkata.
# 1971 Society of Contemporary Artists, Kolkata.
# 1979 Kala Yatra Exhb. Madras, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur and Kolkata.
# 1980 Drawings '80, Chandigarh
# 1981 Kala Yatra Exhibition, Ernakulam; Hyderabad
; Indian Paintings
Today, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
# 1982 Kala Yatra Exhb., Bombay, Bangalore, London, Paris and Manchester
Awards received by Dharmanarayan Das gupta:
# 1981 Received award from Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata.
# 1989 Received Shiromani Puraskar, Asian Paints.
In the years 1966-79 he served as an Art Teacher in St. Thomas Church School, Howrah. Between the years 1979-85 he served as a teacher in St. Thomas School, Dasnagar. From 1985-97 he was part of the faculty of Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University
, Kolkata. He breathed his last in the year 1997. Das gupta was an artist who used humour to expose middle-class hypocrisies. Dharmanarayan Das gupta died before the art boom began.