Arpita Dasgupta

Country: India

Title:  Metamorphosis

Medium: Etching

Size: 24.5 x 32.5 cm

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Dasgupta was born in India. She graduated from Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, India in 1988. A Calcutta based printmaker, Dasgupta received the Lalit Kala Akademi Research Grant Award (1990-'91), the Ministry of Culture Fellowship For Outstanding Artists in the Field of Plastic Arts (1995-'97), and the Purchase Prize Award, Portland Art Museum (1997). Her work is found in the collections of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; the Canadian High Commission, New Delhi; and the Portland Art Museum, USA.

In Metamorphosis the universality of form (ie. the wings of a bat and the human hand both sharing the common phylogenetic tree) is represented by the spider like object that also resembles the deity 'Durga' with multiple hands.

Dasgupta's selected exhibitions include: Edge of the Century, Hungarian Cultural Centre, New Delhi, 1999; 7th International Triennial of Prints and Drawings (GRAFINOVA 98), Vaasa, Finland, 1998; Solo Exhibition, Atelier 2221, New Delhi, 1998; The Flight Project, International Exhibition of Art, Italy, 1997; International Print Exhibition, Portland Art Museum, USA, 1997; Solo Exhibition, Oxford Bookstore-Gallery, Calcutta, 1997; First Eastern Print Biennale, Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Calcutta, and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Calcutta, 1995; Third Bharat Bhavan International Biennial of Prints, Bhopal, India, 1995; IV International Art Triennale, Majdanek, Poland, 1994; National Exhibition of Art, India, 1994 and '92; Annual Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, India, 1993 and 1986-'90; 4th Eastern Regional Art Exhibition, Calcutta, 1992; Annual Exhibition, Birla Academy, India, 1990; and West Bengal State Fine Arts Exhibition, India, 1988.

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