Jogen Chowdhury, one of the pioneering components of contemporary Indian art, has been prolific throughout his career spanning more than half a century now. A closer look at his journey as an artist reveals his penchant for painting human figures. Artist's expertise in delineating the forms with sinuous, calligraphic lines has grounded his works in the indigenous style. The distorted figures of men and women in his paintings share a striking resemblance to the figures of Jadu patas of Bengal. The subject he chooses is highly charged with his social, cultural and political concern. His recent works, reduced to forms, are rendered in black calligraphic lines. The dark, gloomy, sometimes monochromatic colour palette bestows his paintings with a melancholic mood.
Based in Santiniketan and Kolkata, Jogen Chowdhury is presently a professor emeritus in Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University. He received his formal training in Fine Arts from Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. For more than a decade he remained the curator at Rashtrapati Bhavan.