Ganesh Pyne(1937 – 2013)
Perhaps one of the most notable among other contemporary artists belonging to the Bengal School of Art, Ganesh Pyne’s work shouts what one can refer to neo surrealism, coupled with elements of fantasy having its roots in Bengali mythology and folklore, primarily. Beginning his artist career as an illustrator, he mainly worked in pen and ink knowing that he still have to work a good deal of time before he can actually buy colours to paint. Soon after, he joined the Society for Contemporary Artists and in due time became synonymous to the likes of artist like Shyamal Datta Ray, Ganesh Haloi, Bikash Bhattacharjee and Dharmanarayan Dasgupta. He is often referred to as the “Painter of Darkness” owing to his undying obsession towards death that occurs as recurring motif in his works in mystifying forms. Pyne began working in watercolours and in due time shifted to use gouache and ultimately tempera geared towards a large number of surrealist and abstract works. Pyne was chosen for the Raja Ravi Varma award by the Government of Kerala & lifetime achievement award by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.