- About the Artist
- Prizes & Awards
- Exhibition & Others
During his early phase the little boy started painting the Indian mythological characters and legend Personalities from photo calendars and various books. Later, in childhood, his artistic sense aroused, when he got introduced to a book series of old masters, named “THE GREAT ARTISTS”. He realized that only with colors and brush, another world can be created. He accepted this as a challenge and from that day onwards the journey began which is still going on. Before college, as a part of the journey, with an inner quest to learn more, he explored Sealdah and Howrah Railway Stations to capture from life, the movement and rhythm of different characters there. He also went to Indian Museum, Archaeological Department to study from antiques.
After schooling, he enrolled himself in the most prestigious institute Govt. College of Art & Craft, in Kolkata. This academic journey gave him a platform to fully indulge himself into his passion of painting. A turning page was written when all his dedication and fervor drove him into relentless effort to nothing but only become an artist.
Ananta has held regular one man shows of his work since his college time. His first solo exhibition was held in Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, in the year 2004.
His painting career augmented as he shifted to Mumbai in 2008. Gradually his creations spreaded with numerous invited group shows as well as by solo exhibitions in various galleries and organizations. At the same time he was invited to exhibit and demonstrate in different parts of India and abroad.
During his college days, Ananta bagged many national and international awards. From participating in the most prestigious Harmony Art show, Mumbai in 2008, his excellent achievements include the First Place Award from 36th International Exhibition at the Watercolor Art Society-Houston, U.S.A. in 2013, The Winsor & Newton Excellence Award from Northwest Watercolor Society, USA in 2012, Award for Best Landscape in Watercolor from The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, in both 2006 and 2011, and many more to mention. In 2016, Ananta was invited by the Indian branch of Faber Castell to test their new watercolors. His painting is featured in the front cover of their new set of watercolors.
He is known as an expressive and imaginative painter. Mostly his paintings are created in impressionist manner and surrealist way in various mediums like watercolor, oil and acrylic. Ananta has evolved a highly individual style, deeply contemporary in its sensibilities. His paintings are best known for realistic urban landscapes. His brush stroke speaks of many things: the hustle and bustle of modern city life, figurative movements, festive seasons, seascapes and lakes, the time endured old railway steam engine, tropical desert, and the many moods of nature; where fluid moments are brilliantly captured by the artist. He has also gained recognition for his surrealistic paintings. His youthful exuberance and his wide-eyed optimism reflect in the paintings. He has a fine sense of composition with an eye for subtle details and a tactile sense of monsoon atmospherics. Ananta has shown with considerable skill, how in the presence of rain, human activities are endowed with a special beauty. His water colors are bright and sensuous but their atmosphere evokes a strange mysteriousness.
His sketchy use of acrylic and oil, lends his figure vitality and fluidity of motion with surface wrinkles; his color and tonal compositions set up a dynamic encounter in a neutral space fraught with ambiguity. Impression with different textures, adds to the meaning and depth of an artwork; contrast of transparent areas, set against thick, solid paint with varying intensity of strokes, gives surface, a palpable quality.
Ananta is a member of numerous art organizations, including Member of The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2012-13, San Diego Watercolor Society, U.S.A. - 2008-09, Philadelphia Water Color Society, U.S.A. - 2008-09. Life Member of the Bombay Art Society, the Art Society of India, Mumbai.
Besides involving himself in Workshops, he also keeps himself busy in making experimental films based on paintings, Video Installations. Among his various passions, Photography also has a place.
His works can be viewed in numerous public and private collections worldwide.
The artist who has always been miles away from limelight is a special feast to the eyes of art lovers.
Artist's VoiceI always paint impressionistic and surrealistic way. I feel a moment or visualize some idea and paint it so that, others can also feel the same. Art for me is pure form of emotion. I personally believe, whatever you feel, the mood and atmosphere, the inner mind starts developing that strongly into a painting. If you can feel the subject it becomes easier to paint. I don't levy any rules and regulations for my artworks. It happens many a times when I just follow my instinct, impulse which arouses me to paint. The painting captures my flowing life-energy through all those strokes and colors. It's like a meditation.
For me, drawing is the mother of painting. Many experts can guide how and where to start a painting, but it's you who decides where to finish it. No-one can teach you the finishing touch. It only depends on the artist's inner voice.
Whatever the situation has come and gone, neither painting has ever left me nor have I left art. My art expresses me till day.
2013 : First Place Award - 36th International Exhibition at Watercolor Art Society-Houston, U.S.A
2012 : The Winsor & Newton Excellence Award - Northwest Watercolor Society, USA
2011 : Award - The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, USA
2010 : Award - Outstanding Acrylic. Bold Brush Painting Competition, October 2010
2010 : Best of show Award - Western Federation of Watercolor Society, Utah, U.S.A.
2009 : Award, North East Watercolor Society. New York, U.S.A.
2009 : Award, San Diego Watercolor Society, California, U.S.A.
2009 : Merit Award, 32th International Exhibition at Watercolor Art Society-Houston, U.S.A.
2008-09 : Honorable Mention, The Art Renewal Center's International Competition, New York, U.S.A.
2007 : Award of Excellence, Western Federation of Watercolor Society, U.S.A.
2007 : J. R. C.M. Award, Texas Watercolor Society, Texas, U.S.
2006 : Award of Excellence, San Diego Watercolor Society, California, U.S.A.
National & Regional2013 : AIFACS Award - 14th all India Watercolor Exhibition, New Delhi
2012 : AIFACS Award - 100 Years of the city of New Delhi 2011. New Delhi
2011 : Award for Best Landscape in Watercolor 'All India', The Bombay Art Society. Mumbai
2010 : Best Painting Award 'All India' - R.A.D Presented an Exhibition 'Arannya 2010'. Kolkata
2009 : Best Entry Award 'All India' - The Art Society of India. Mumbai
2009 : Award 'All India' - The Bombay Art Society. Mumbai
2006 : Camlin Award - 7th Eastern Region, Kolkata
2006 : Award 'All India' The Art Society of India. Mumbai
2006 : Award 'All India' Lokmanya Tilak Art Exhibition. Pune
2006 : Gold Medal - Agnipath' A All India Art Exhibition. New Delhi
2006 : Certificate of Merit - 'Golden Brush' The Eye Within. Kolkata
2005 : Award 'All India' - The Bombay Art Society. Mumbai
2005 : Award 'All India' - S.C.Z.C.C. ministry of culture. Govt. of India. Nagpur
2005 : Birla Academy Award 'All India' - Birla Academy Art & Culture. Kolkata
2005 : Best Painting Award with Gold Medal 'All India' - K.N.A.C, Ujjain
2005 : Best Painting Award 'All India' - Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
2005 : Award - 'Agnipath' An All India painting Exhibition, New Delhi
2005 : Best Award - R.A.D Presented an Exhibition 'Arannya 2005'. Kolkata
2005 : Award - Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
2005 : Best Water Colour Painting - Kolkata Information Center, Kolkata
2004 : Award - Govt, College of Art & Craft, Kolkata
2004 : Camlin Award - '5th Eastern Region', Kolkata
2004 : Best Water Colour Painting Award - E.Z.C.C. Govt of India, Kolkata
2004 : Jury Award 'All India' - Varnika Art Contest, Ujjain, M.P
2004 : Gold Medal - Avantika Regional Art Exhibition, Kolkata
2003 : Gold Medal for Best Painting 'All India' - K.N.A.C. Ujjain
2003 : Certificate of Merit - Avantika, Kolkata
2003 : Certificate of Merit - Information Center, Kolkata
2002 : Award : Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata
One Man Shows
2016: Mumbai Cities, Jehangir Art Gallery (A.C-1st). Mumbai
2016: Rajasthan - Tthe Color Ecstasy. Nehru Center Art Gallery (A.C). Mumbai
2014: Multifarious Impressions II - Lokayata Art Gallery 2014, New Delhi
2013: Multifarious Impressions - Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai
2012: The Journey - IFM Art Portfolio, 2012. Chandigar
2011: MUMBAI, Nehru Center Art Gallery (A.C), Mumbai
2010: A Journey from Reality-2, Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2010: A Journey from Reality, Jehangir Art Gallery (ac 3rd), Mumbai
2008: Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
2008: Colour Scape, Sponsored by Ray Art Gallery. Pune
2007: Divine Reflections, The Museum Gallery. Mumbai
2007: The City of Joy, Lokayata, Sponsored : Planet Art , New Delhi
2006: The Kolkata, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
2004: Watercolor Painting at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
Art Auction - selected2016 : SNF Development Center, Dubai, UAE
2016 : MCan foundation, Mumbai
2016 : The Live Life Love Life Charity foundation, Pune
Participation - selected2014 : The Viewing Room Presents an Exhibition The Coffee House Dialogues, Mumbai
2013 : The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 34th International Exhibition.USA
2013 : Color of Life II an exhibition of CPAA a charitable NGO, Mumbai
2013 : Project 7, an exhibition of contemporary paintings, Mumbai
2012 : The Royal Watercolour Society's International Exhibition, London, UK
2011 : 12th A.I.F.C.S. Watercolor all India Exhibition. New Delhi
2010 : Colours Changing Hue ll, Camlin Art Foundation, at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2010 : INFAC Presents an All India Exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi
2009 : 51st National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2009 : Annual Exhibition, The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
2008 : Art Fusion Show - 2008, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2008-07-06-05 : Annual Exhibition - The Art Society of India. Mumbai
2007 : 30th International Exhibition at Watercolor Art Society-Houston, U.S.A.
2007-06-05 : Annual Exhibition - Birla Academy Art & Cultural. Kolkata
2006-05 : Annual Exhibition - Lokayata, mulk raj anand centre, New Delhi
2006-05 : Annual Exhibition - The Bombay Art Society. Mumbai
2006 : Annual Exhibition - Indian Academy of Fine Arts. Amritsar
2006 : R.A.D Presents an Exhibition, E.Z.C.C. Kolkata
2006 : An Exhibition Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow - Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata
2006-05 : Arannya 2006, R.A.D Presented annual Exhibition, Birla Academy, Kolkata
2005 & 06 : Exhibition of W.B.S.A. Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
2004 : Indian Society of Oriental Art, Kolkata
2003 : 76th A.I.F.C.S Regional Art Exhibition. Kolkata
2006-05-04-03 : All India Fine Arts Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata
2007-06-05-04-03-02 : Annual Exhibition Govt. College of Art & Craft, Kolkata
Group Exhibitions - selected2009 : The Art Group at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009 : Terrorism, R.A.D Presents an Exhibition, Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata
2006 : International Exhibition at World Trade Center, Jakarta. Indonesia
2006 : Birla Academy Presents an Exhibition FIGURE IN NATURE. Kolkata
2006 : Group Exhibition of Young painters - Academy of Fine Arts. Kolkata
2005 : International Exhibition at Barli Museum. Bandung City. Indonesia
2005 : Award Winners Exhibition, Presented - Birla Academy Art & Culture . Kolkata
2005 : International Exhibition at World Trade Center, Jakarta. Indonesia
2004 : Birla Academy Presented an Exhibition Young Faces in Contemporary Art, New Delhi
Publication in International Magazines, Books2013 : Colors of the World, International Watercolor Society, Turkey.
2013/09 : Watercolor Art Society-Houston, U.S.A 36th International Exhibition. Catalog.
2013 : Houston Chronicle, Hearst Newspapers - 22 March, Houston, USA.
2011 : Cambridge University Press publishers, an English language textbook for foreign students.London. UK.
2011 : Watercolor Artist Magazine, February Issue, USA
2009/06 : San Diego Watercolor Society, California, USA. Catalog.
2009/08 - 2006 : The Art Renewal Center, New York, USA, Catalog.
2007 : American Artist Magazine, January Issue, U.S.A.
International Art residency2014 : TellusArt & Abu Dhabi Art Hub Presented an International art residency, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Achievements2008 : Harmony Art show, ' in Reliance Industries all - India art exhibition'. Mumbai
2006 : Selected Top 100 Artist - The Art Renewal Center's International Competition, New York, U.S.A.
2007 : Selected for Traveling Show - Texas Watercolor Society, Texas , U.S.A.
Workshop2014 : 5 Days watercolor workshop from 18 December- 22 December 2014, Lokayata Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008 : 4 Days watercolor workshop from 25th to 28th September, Organized by Ray art gallery in Pune.
2008 : 3 Days workshop 'October 2008'. Organized by Reflection of another day in Hyderabad.
Art Camp2014 - Painternet Presents an art camp in Songadh, Gujarat
2009 - R.A.D Presents an Art Camp in Vaidik Villege, Kolkata
2003 - 8th National Art Festival, Kalavart Nyas, Ujjain, M.P.
2008 - R.A.D Presents an art camp in Silparamam, in Hyderabad, A.P.
Demonstration2015 – Landscape Demonstration of Watercolor at Peninsula Chambers, Mumbai
2014 – Landscape Demonstration of Watercolor at Art Plaza, Mumbai
2011 - Demonstration of Watercolor at Artist Center, Mumbai
2008 - The Art Society of India presented a Demonstration of Watercolor in Mumbai C.S.T. Mumbai
2008 - Demonstration of Watercolor at Ray Art Gallery in Pune
MembershipsMember of San Diego Watercolor Society, U.S.A. 2008/09
Philadelphia Water Color Society, U.S.A.- 2008/09
Life Time Member of The Bombay Art Society, Mumbai
Life Time Member of The Art Society of India, Mumbai
India Art Fund Mumbai
S.C.Z.C.C. Govt. of India. Nagpur
Indian School of Business, Mohali
And the Major Cities like in India, France, U.S.A. Germany, U.K. Hong Kong, Indonesia, U.A.E. Netherlands and many other institutions and private collections all over the world.