Galerie 88 will be presenting an exclusive show of Sanat Kar’s engravings. The last solo-show of his prints held in this city was in 1994 in the same gallery. A Portfolio of 10 recent engravings would be released on the opening day along with his other prints.
About the artist:
Sanat Kar was born in Calcutta in 1935. He received his diploma in painting from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata in 1955. He played a major role in the formation of the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1960. He joined Graphics department, Kala Bhavan, Viswa Bharati in 1978 and later become the principal of that institute.
Kar began experimenting with intaglio printmaking method in the early '60s. It was a self-taught process. He has been recognised for his experimentation and innovation in printmaking. He is the inventor of cardboard intaglio. Zinc was becoming too costly a material and so he worked first with wood blocks, then moved on to plywood and finally, Sun mica and engraving on cardboard. He successfully combined the character of work on a metal plate to his wood blocks without sacrificing the character of wood. Besides intaglio, Kar has created a series of tempera painting and bronze sculpture.
Sanat Kar's works are primarily surrealistic, have a curious dream-like appearance. Kar's figurations have innocence and a feeling of poetry. Birth and death, the beginning and the end of life cycle hold endless fascination for Kar, as does the grotesque and the macabre. Grainy textural surfaces, doodled lines create their own visual magic in his work. "My works play on the deep, dark recesses of the human mind", Kar says.
Kar has received AIFACS award, New Delhi in 1973, West Bengal State Academy Award in 1993, among others. His work has been featured in the Festival of India in USA, Japan, Soviet Union, British International Print Biennale, Fourth International Print Show in Poland and Berlin Intergrafik.
Kar lives and works in Santiniketan.