Principal Chhatrapati Dutta
In 2017, Prof. Chhatrapati Dutta was appointed as the Principal of Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta. Dutta was born in 1964 in Kolkata.
In 1987 he completed his Bachelor in Visual Arts form the Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta (Kolkata). In 1988 he did his post-graduation from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, (Greece). He completed his Masters in Fine Arts from Visva-Bharati University, (Santiniketan). Soon Dutta mastered the art of painting on the reverse side.
He has participated in many group exhibitions:
In 2006 he participated in ‘Art of Young Bengal’ at Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata. In 2007 he took part in ‘Agony & Ecstasy’ at Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata and participated in a group show at Tamarind Art Gallery, New York. In 2007 he participated in a group show at Akar Prakar Gallery. In 2008 he had a solo exhibition at Tamarind Art Gallery, New York.
Pieces are characterized by an eclectic handling of media. His works are imbued with a pluralism of ideas rendered in a gyrating mass of collage. Embedded in history, a human mind cannot possibly thought in a pure single strand of thought. There are countless factors, events, happenings that keep adding to his memory as he moves forth. A major part of what constitutes man is fed to him through an arsenal of the print culture, the media, the visual. Archival prints, woodcuts, graphic novels are extremely enticing to the artist, thus.
Dutta negotiates the personal experience/interaction with the world of print culture with his idea and concern over the global. Re-evaluation of the self against the long chain of history is perhaps a habit inherent in mankind. The artist reassesses the position the personal/self as set against the macrocosm of culture.
He studied art at Visva Bharati in Santiniketan, and his practice explores the issues of post-colonial India, such as the rising consumerist culture of a developing nation through the lens of the city of Kolkata.