Samita Basu

Samita Basu

Location: India


Born in Calcutta, Samita took to painting seriously, and as a full-time profession, only after her B.A. in Economics from Presidency College. Essentially self-taught, she benefited from and honed her skills under private tutelage. Specialising in figurative work and portraiture, she is equally proficient in oil, charcoal and pastels.

Samita has had most of her paintings going to private collections, like Aziz Premji's, Dilip and
Shobhaa De's, Dilip Piramal’s and commercial organisations, like Sahara India, Bharat Petroleum, Quest India, Indian Oil Corporation, Ramada Inn, etc. and private collectors overseas in Singapore, U.S.A. and the Caribbean.

Special Recognition:

2010: Only Indian artist’s work to have been selected for “International Contemporary Masters
Volume III” published out of the U.S., presenting important representative works of
contemporary artists from all over the world.

One Person Shows

2008: Colonial Collections, Hyderabad, from 6 – 9 March
2007: The Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, from 19 – 25 February
2002: The Jehanjir Art Gallery, Mumbai, from 1 - 7 April
1998: The Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, from 11 - 17 June
1996: Son-et-Lumiere Gallery, Bombay
1995: Taj Art Gallery, Bombay
1994: ANZ Grindlays Art Gallery, Bombay

Group Shows

2008: ‘The Sacred Show’ at Museum Gallery, Mumbai organized by Galleria
2008: ‘The Five Elements’ organized by Suchitraa Arts
2008: ‘Art Fusion Show 2008’ at Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2007: ‘The Visions of Rahul Gandhi’ organized by Art Desh, Mumbai
2004: ‘Ideas and Images’ Organized by NGMA, Mumbai
1999: 'Art with a Heart' Organised by The Rotary Club of Bombay in association with
NGMA and the Arts Trust, Mumbai
1999: "Multiple Images" Organised by Multiple Sclerosis Society of India, Mumbai
1999: The Walk Gallery, London, June 24 - August 6
1998: Harmony Show, Bombay, 4 - 7 April
1998: Art Society of India, Bombay
1997: Art Society of India, Bombay
1997: Bombay Art Society, Bombay
1996: Bombay Art Society, Bombay
1992: Indian Oil Corporation group exhibition, Bombay
1991: Indian Oil Corporation group exhibition, Bombay
1987: Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta.
1986: Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta
1985: Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta


Life in Black & White

A series that I did with charcoals and conte pencil on paper from characters that I came across. In real-life or in my imagination?

Metamorphosis “Metamorphosis”

Mixed Media. Size 20" x 28"

Leaving “Leaving”

Charcoal and Conte Pencil on Paper. Size 20" x 28"

Masquerade “Masquerade”

Charcoal and Conte Pencil on paper. Size: 20" x 24"

Remembering “Remembering”

Charcoal and Conte Pencil on paper. Size: 21" x 29"

The Debutante “The Debutante”

Charcoal and Conte Pencil on paper. Size: 21" x 29"

The Migrants “The Migrants”

Charcoal and Conte Pencil on paper. Size; 27" x 19"

Divinity in colour

From real-life characters to the concept of a higher being, a series owed in particular to the meditation and self-introspection that I have been doing over the last year or so.

Bindoo “Bindoo”

Pastel on Paper

Divinity 3 “Divinity 3”

Mixed Media. Size: 19" x 31"

Dancing Ganesh 3 “Dancing Ganesh 3”

Pastel on paper. Size: 22" x 30"

Space “Space”

Charcoal and colour pencil on paper. Size: 21" x 28"

Divinity 2 “Divinity 2”

Charcoal and Pastel on Paper. Size: 18.5" x 23"

Sati 2 “Sati 2”

Pastel on Paper