Shyamal Dutta Ray, born in 1935 in Bihar is known for his melancholic and dark watercolor works. Ray studied at the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Calcutta. He also founded the Society of Contemporary Artists, an artists' collective, that sought to introduce a new style into the Indian art world in the 1960s.
Ray works generally had a distorted intensity in his preferred medium of watercolor, at a time when other artists traditionally used lighter and watered down colors. His melancholic and pensive works reflect the contradictions of life around him which represented the hardships and strife in Calcutta at the time of the Bengal Famine.
Shyamal Dutta Ray (1935 -2005)
Watercolor on paper
18.5 x 22.5 in.
Estimate: 2,50,000 - 5,00,000 INR
Provenance: Private Collection
18 x 24 in
Hammer price: INR 252,500
Asta Guru, 21 Aug 2015
Lot no. 22 in Prinseps Spring Auction 224 - 25 April 2019