Paresh Hazra was born in Tamluk, West Bengal in 1952. He completed his Art education from the Government Art College, Calcutta, did his post graduation in the Teaching of Art in 1980 and continued his career as an Art Teacher in Bangalore till 2005.He has had over 25 solo exhibitions at various cities in India and abroad. He has participated in group shows in Germany, France, UK, USA and Switzerland, where many of his paintings are in important personal collections. He received the Silver Medal at the Oriental Art Society, Calcutta in 1977 and the Birla Academy Award, Calcutta in 1990.
Paresh’s paintings reflect the attributes of the old Indian artists, minute in detail and lavishly painted and textured. Striving to keep alive the myth of the great Indian family, with its close knit relationships and ethos of mutual aid, he paints what he feels with conviction.
Paresh produces colours and textures from natural ingredients. Using egg-tempera in preference to oils, he uses these natural pigments and dyes to achieve brilliant colour. “The turning point was my rediscovering the egg tempera – the discovery of the use of earth colours in egg tempera that imparts a new ruggedness to the surface making it possible for me to deal with contemporary subject matters without in any way compromising my search for a more physical mode of representation. Around the same time that I discovered the advantages of egg tempera as a medium, I also began experimenting with the texture of the surfaces. In a number of canvases, I have used bits of fabric, usually string, jute or gauze, imparting a heterogeneous quality to the surfaces of the pictures.”
In the artist’s words: “This technique gives an uneven look to the characters inhabiting the painting, thus producing an effect of theatricality.” In fact, all of his creations have a theatrical quality about them. The people always look as if they have their faces to the audience even when it is not actually so. Gestures, expressions, movements, all have a disjointed appearance, making the figures resemble puppets being manipulated by an unknown hand.
Pareshhas exhibited his work in group shows in Bangalore, Delhi, Calcutta, Dubai, Kathmandu, Hong Kong, New York and the U.K. He has had solo exhibitions in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Calcutta. He is a recipient of the awards of Oriental Art Society, Calcutta. His works are in the collections of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi and at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi.
He currently lives and works in Bangalore and Shantiniketan.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Weavers Studio Art Centre, Kolkata (2008)
- Right Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore (2008, 2006, 2005, 2002, 2000)
- Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai (2006)
- Jehangir Art gallery, Mumbai (2006)
- Eight Elephants Gallery, New York (2005)
- World Fine Art Gallery and the International Art Expo, New York (2003)
- Toronto University, Canada (2003)
- Paul Getty’s residence, California (2003)
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2001, 1998, 1995)