My work is influenced by Bengali rhythms and traditions. I drawmy inspiration from the Persian art, Mughal miniature paintings, Bengal and Neo Bengal School of art, folk art and religious designs (commonly known as “Alpona” in Bengal, made with rice paste) intrinsically reflecting upon a typical rural and urban livelihood, the contours of time dictated by simple, daily chores in an unhurried fashion. My painting breathes of a woman’s world.

Irecreatemy imagination on a medium of water colour on handmade paper predominant with colours such as sepia, blue, brown and grey, keeping a subdued palette, which lends a sublime tranquillity to my art. I attempt to evoke through my paintings a transient world of peace and bliss steeped in the rites and rituals of tradition.Watercolours in my paintings are immersed in lyrical folksy beauty, portray the exquisite rhythms of everyday life in its towns, cities, and villages - boys spinning tops, a woman with kittens, and a young parrot seller, a small body of water, on the outskirts with palm trees and Lotus.

My painting is part of the archival collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Arpita Basu





Grant / Award / Scholarship

“The Pollock –Krasner Foundation Inc.” grant 1998-99 NY USA National scholarship, 1990-1992 Govt. of India

Rajya Charukala Exhibition , Govt. west Bengal 1987, 1994


Solo Shows

Academy of fine arts, kolkata- 1997,1999,2001,2002, 2004,2009

Lalit kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1999,2002

Chitrakala parisath, Bangalore, 1999

Jehangir art gallery, Mumbai, 2000,2006, 2014,2018. Right lines art gallery, Bangalore , 2002,2005.2007,2010 “Art heritage ” –New Delhi-2012.



National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi, 1993 A la galerie yves Mikaeloff, Paris, 1998

A la galerie rene Millet, Paris,1998

Biswa Banga Sammeyalan” at Kolkata-2000 “AIFACS ” state level exhibition, Kolkata, 2004 Duet show at Triveni art gallery, New Delhi-2004

“ Modern Myth: Changing images in Indian Art ” at the university of

“ M.P. Birla Millennium Gallery” West Kensington,London-2006

“Bruce Castle Museum”, Tottenham, London-2007

“ A Group Exhibition” held at CHRISTIES, London-2010 Birla Academy of Art & Culture – Kolkata – 2011, 2012 Kynkyny Art Gallery , Bangalore 2015,2016.

Texas,Austin, U.S.A.—2004


Group Shows

Participated with Spectrum Artist Circle Kolkata -

Academy of fine arts, kolkata- Spectrum Group Show 2013. 2014, 2016; Nehru Centre Art Gallery. Mumbai - Spectrum Group Show 2014; 2018 Chitrakala parisath, Bangalore, Spectrum Group Show 2015 , 2017.

Quartet Confluence at Birla Academy of Art & culture , 2020.



Workshop at Kolkata fair , organised by USIS & Birla Academy,1994


Workshop & Exhibition at Darjeeling, organised by “Inner Wheel club”,1998 “Millennium2000” at Birla Academy of art & Culture, Kolkata , 2000.

North Bengal workshop ,Siliguri 2016 ; Dinhata 2019. The Colours of Bengal Soil , Gurugram , Haryana . 2018.

Chinmaya Vibhooti Art Camp , Kolvan , Pune. 2018 , 2019.



Governor House, Kolkata ;

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Many private collections in India and abroad.