“What I remember that last time I went to sketch the steam locomotives at Bandel Locomotives Workshop (West Bengal, India) in 1992. But the day was sad, to hear that the steam locomotives was obsoleted in India. Those were disassembled and dispatched to go in museum and others for scrap. After that I didn’t do any live sketch of the engine in my SCRIBBLE BOOK”. says Biswas… That scribble books is only the source, where was the old collections of 70’s Indian stem locomotives.
Last 26 years, a long time Kishore is working on this nostalgic theme. 2014 in Mumbai he had a first solo show titled “NOSTALGIA OF INDIAN STEAM LOCOMOTIVES“, after that in Delhi and abroad; UK, Dubai…
“Even that time I didn’t finish the series of “NOSTALGIA OF INDIAN STEAM LOCOMOTIVES“…. Yes I had a scribble book on steam locomotives. Which is my inspiration to do this series. I did a lot of sketch on the Indian railways worker like; signal man, firemen, technical man, divers and other. I captured their character, life style and work place the locomotive workshop. Which represent the Indian railways in 70’s. Indian steam locomotives had a unique character. The locomotives looked very noisy, muddy and rusted, the people were very informal, looking dark and beard face with a red pagri. It was so interesting” say Biswas… and that is his nostalgia on steam locomotives.
Kishore likes the drawing, when he was in art college, studied portrait and human figures. He loved to observe the light and shade on live object. Kishore crazy to capture the outdoor sequence. In that time he worked on watercolor, pencil, pen and ink. Biswas says “when I sketch any character I want to be act like them… I tried to enter more of the character too… still I habit to work like this…”
“For years, I woke up at midnight and started painting impromptu. I still find that very gratifying.” – Meet Kishore Pratim Biswas, Indian contemporary artist.
Kishore’s more than 25-year journey in modern contemporary art movement has not only strengthened his unconventional thought process, but architected his painting style too.
Born in Kolkata, 44 year-old Kishore was passionate about art since childhood. After graduating in Fine Arts from Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta, 1997. Kishore spent some struggling years in his hometown and then moved to Mumbai in 2009.
Biswas says “Creating painting makes me emotional. I feel nostalgic from what my experience, with related to contemporary arts, movies, musics, trends, culture and communities… to think how those created. I use to create a series with found content from old sketch books, place and seniors. My painting is mostly about a old affection, ambiance that represent the nostalgia. You can better to say FORM OF A NOSTALGIA.”
Kishore used to draw so many portrait of workers in Indian locomotives… the sketch book says “when I sketched any character I wanted to be act like them… I tried to enter more of the character… still I habit to paint like this…
Kishore organized his solo exhibition in Kolkata in 1996. In 1997, he displayed his work of art at several group shows around the country. Even though Kishore has a long way to go, his paintings are slowly making their way into the homes of collectors of modern Indian art.