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ART WITH LEATHER
Nalini S Malaviya
THE ECONOMIC TIMES [FINANCIAL TIMES]
28Th October, 2005, BANGALORE.
TIMES NEWS NETWORK,

"Over the years, leather has found many functional uses, as well as decorative use in traditional crafts. Painting, stamping, and stenciling have been popular techniques used to embellish leather. Leather puppetry is an ancient folk art in our country, having its origins in Andhra Pradesh.

The traditional puppets and the more contemporary products such as lampshades, toys and other items are vibrantly colourful with intricate detailing. Hide from cattle such as camel, goat and sheep is treated and painted upon in a highly labour-intensive process.

Kolkata based artist Anirban Seth paints on leather to create series on landscapes, still life and so on. Having studied fine arts, Anirban began exploring various avenues as an outlet for his creativity. Experimenting with leather for several years, he found creative satisfaction in this difficult and challenging medium.

He treats leather as a canvas and paints on it using various techniques - the results are aesthetic and visually pleasing. He says, ‘what fascinates me about this process is the accidental effects that are introduced using this technique. Also, there is ample opportunity to experiment with textures. He likes to use a lot of folk motifs in his paintings.

By using resist technique like Batik, stenciling, embossing and creating relief effects, he creates interesting textures and effects. Sometimes, he uses gold and silver foil to enhance the paintings. Through constant experimentation, Anirban hopes to work witha leather as well."

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ABOUT ANIRBAN SETH

"An exhibition mounted by the gallery names-An.Art currently showcases works of Anirban Seth, who in the span of a few years has carved out a niche for himself by fusing technology with aesthetics. With an admirable grasp of the power of rhythm and decorative patterns, the young artist has projected leather painting as a special field of visual art, forging a link with the artists of the post-cave dwellers’ era when paper was yet to be invented.

Painting on well-tanned Seth has been able to draw the at Sheep or camel leather, tension of art enthusiasts across the country by dint of the originality which allows him to ex-press emotional nuances through the texture obtained, The preparation of leather as pictorial surface, he tells us, is not only time-consuming and laborious, but also permits the artist to work only in the humidity-free winter months. The flowers-and-vase series in the current offerings shows the plastic quality of Seth’s art."

‘The Telegraph’
SAMIR DASGUPTA
27th May, 2005, Calcutta.
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ONE MAN SHOWS :

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o 2009 - Invited : Bodhi Tree- Monastery of Art presents- “ Vibrant Ghats of Varanasi”- an exhibition of recent works by Anirban Seth on 48/44 Swiss Park, Kolkata on- 21st January to 1st February .

o 2009 - Invited : Indian Art Collectors presents- “ Artist of the Month”- an exhibition [Online ] of recent works by 1st January to 31st January .

o 2005 - Invited : ‘Names- AN. Art’ (New Name- ‘Gallery Kolkata’ ) Organized an exhibition of paintings on “Leather” by ANIRBAN SETH , inaugurated by Shri Sunil Gangopadhyay ( Eminent Poet & Novelist )on May 17 to May28, Kolkata.

o 2005 - Display paintings at City Centre, Salt Lake, organised by Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata.

o 2005-2006 - Invited : Standard Chartered presents- “Small is beautiful”- an exhibition of recent works, at Standard Chartered gallery,
Kolkata,{ Dec-Jan}.

o 2004 - Invited : “PAINTINGS ON LEATHER”4th Solo show, Organized by Mrs. Lee-Alison Sibley (American Consulate) and “International Women’s club” at the residence of U.S. Consulate,
Kolkata .

o 2003 - “After Immersion”, Birla Academy of Art & Culture .

o 2003 - Display paintings by Kala Ghora Association , Pavment Gallery,Mumbai.

o 2003 - Invited: Sponsored Show K.C.Das (Kolkata).

o 2002 - Gaganendra Art Gallery ( Kolkata Information Centre ).

DUET SHOW :
2008 - Nandan –The Art Paradise [ Mumbai ]organized an exhibition of paintings n sculptures by Anirban Seth n Debabrata Chakraborti at Goregaon West, Mumbai from 28TH July to 7TH August .
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INTERNATIONAL SHOW:
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• 2006 - ‘INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ART’ – Inaugurated by Our Indian Ambassador H.E. Mrs Navrekha Sharma [ With kind cooperation of Indian Embassy and J.N. Indian cultural centre], Organized by Indian Artist Networkfrom 14th -27th August, World Trade Centre, Sudirman, INDONESIA .
GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
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• 2009- Shree Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents an exhibitions of paintings by eminent artist till Jan 31.
• 2009 - “Art Fair” of Contemporary Indian paintings organized by ‘Art Beat’ (Kolkata) on January.
• 2009 - Tejas Art Gallery (Kolkata) present an exhibitions of artworks by various artists from Calcutta, Santiniketan and Vietnam. The collection includes… Acrylics, Charcoals, Wood cuts and small Sculptures from 7th Dec to 6th Jan.
• 2009 - Tejas Art Gallery (Kolkata) present “DEVI – II” : 25 ARTISTS’(including me)impressions of devi Durga….in oils, acrylics, wash & tempara on 3rd Oct to 8th Nov.
• 2008 - “Art Fair” of Contemporary Indian paintings organized by Ganges Art Gallery (Kolkata) on 1st Oct to 30th Oct.

• 2008 - “A Symphoni of Colours” an exhibitions of paintings at Artists’ Centre Art gallery [Mumbai] on 4th to 10th August.
• 2008 - Shree Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents an exhibitions of paintings by eminent artist on August.
• 2008 - ‘Kolkata Canvas’ presents an exhibitions of paintings at Academy of Fine Arts [ Central Gallery ] on 20th May to 26th May.
• 2008 - Moksha Art Gallery ( Mumbai ) presents various renowned and upcoming artists including Ajay De, Datta Bhansode, Suhas Roy, Laxman Aelay, Pratima Sheth and others will exhibit their creation and works at this exhibition from September 01 to 30.
• 2008- INDUSVISTA Art Gallery (Mumbai) presents “Ganapati festival”.
• 2008- An exhibitions of gr. Show paintings at Chitrakoot Art Gallery (Kolkata) on July.

• 2007 - Invited : PEGASUS ART GALLERY (Hyderabad) presents “Contemporary Art”, Curated by Shri Sudip Ghosal ; Works of M.F.Hoosen, Poritosh Sen, Jogen Choudhury, Shymal Dutta Roy, Suhas Roy, Ganesh Pyne, Sunil Das, Chandra Bhattacharya, Shuvaprasanna, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Rabin Mondal,Dipali Bhattacharya,Subrata Gangapadhyay, Anirban Seth & others on 23rd May- 1st June.

• 2007 - Invited : Gallery Yapanchitra & The Eye Within presents - an exhibition of paintings entitled “Puja” from 6-18 Nov.

• 2007 - Invited : Gallery Yapanchitra & ‘Art Border Line Foundation’ presents - an exhibition of “First International Affordable Art Fair” in Kolkata.
• 2007 - Invited : Tejas Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents “Small is Big”.
• 2007- Invited : The Eye Within & Indian masterpainters.com presents “Display of Art ” works of Anirban Seth, Chatrapati Dutta,Chandrima Bhattacharya,Rajib Lochan Pani,Diptesh GhoshDhostide ,Shidharta Sengupta etc. at Taj Bengal (Kolkata) on 18th Oct to 21th Oct .
• 2007 - Invited : Tejas Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents “DEVI”.
• 2007 - Invited : Angan Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents “Tribute to Durga ” works of Biswajeet Saha,Chandra SekharAcharjee,MalayChandanSaha, Anirban Seth etc. on 11th Oct to 26th Oct .

• 2007 - Invited : KANVAS ART GALLERY (Kolkata) presents “Vibrant Hues” works of Anirban Seth, Shymal Mukherjee, Anup Giri, Bishwajit Saha, Dewashish Das, Subrata Das, Avishankar Mitra, Diptish Ghose Dastidar & others on 29th June to 20th July.

• 2007 - Invited : Spandan Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents “Celebrations” works of Keshov Roy, Anirban Seth ,A. Das and R. Chatterjee..

• 2007 - Invited : Artists Circle (Kolkata) presents “Celebration of Nature” show by senior artists expressing their concern on canvas for World Environment Day , Inaugurated by Shri Buddhadeb Guha, Participating Artists: Indra Dugar, B.R.Panesar, Surya Prakash, Sukti Subhra Pradhan, Malay Chandan Saha & Anirban Seth on 22nd June to 2nd July.

• 2007 - Invited : Masters Collection Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents “Summer Colours” recent works of B.R.Panesar, Anirban Seth , Anil Gaikwad, Keshov Roy etc. on 18th April to 12th May.

• 2007 - Invited : Gallery Exposer (Kolkata) presents - an exhibition of paintings by ‘Kolkata Canvas’ .

• 2007 - Invited : Angan Art Gallery (Kolkata) presents - an exhibition of paintings by ‘Kolkata Canvas’, inaugurated by Ms. Charlotte Guilharretze , Deputy Director,Cultural Events,[The French Association, Calcutta] & Ms. Ratnottama Sengupta (Eminent Art Critic & Curator) .

• 2007 - ‘Kolkata Canvas’ presents an exhibitions of paintings at Academy of Fine Arts [ New South Gallery-II ] on 19td June to 25td June .

• 2007 - Invited : Rotary Club of Calcutta & Rotaract Club of Calcutta Chowrenghee presents “Parampara” – Affordable Art in all mediums by artists of Bengal at Birla Academy of Art & Culture.

• 2007 - Exposure {A Group of Painters } presents an exhibitions of paintings & sculpture, Inaugurated by Eminent Writer Taslima Nasren at Academy of Fine Arts [Central Gallery] on 27th June to 3rd July .

• 2006 - Invited : “From The CITY of JOY” – The Museum Gallery (Behind Jehangir Art Gallery ) Mumbai, Curated by Smt. Ratnottama Sengupta (Art Critic, The Times of India) [Including- Shri Shymal Mukherjee, Shri Anup Giri, Smt. Bina Pradhan, Bishwajit Saha & others ].

• 2006 - Invited : Gallery Joie (New Delhi) presents “EMOTIVE CONNECTIONS” at Gallery 3, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi [ Participating Artist Including- Paresh Maity, Dharmendra Rathore, Satish Gujral, Tapan Dash, Suhas Roy, Sunil Das, Dipali Bhattacharya, Shuvoprosanna , Shipra Bhattacharya etc. ].


• 2006 - Invited : “ART WORLD” & “ Sarala's Art Centre” (Chennai) presents - an exhibition of paintings by “A New Generation of Artists” – [Ajay Lakhera,Ajay Sharma,Alok Bal, Anirban Seth, Apu DasGupta,Farhad Husain,Nirmala Prabhakar,Sarika Mehta and Sudharshan Biswal ] 12th to 20th July.


• 2006 - Invited : Samkrut Art Gallery [{Bangalore}] the Group Show – “The United States of India” at BANGALORE [“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” – Pablo Picasso. Featuring Art in traditional & innovative media and support by FIVE talented Artists from across the culturally diverse States of India: Vigyan Vrat, Anirban Seth, Chaitra, J Ramesh, Udayshankar].

• 2006 - Invited: ‘VIKALP ART SHOP (Gallery)’ Swabhumi,Kolkata, presents “NEW SIGNATURES”-works of promising painters .

• 2006 - SILPA BHAVNA presents fifth exhibitions of paintings on “GANESHA” at GALLERY 79, Kolkata.
• 2006 - ‘Kolkata Canvas’ presents an exhibitions of paintings at ‘Good Time Reading and Art Shop’ .

• 2006 - Invited: At The Palladian Lounge (Bengal chamber of Commerce & Industry), ‘From the City of Joy’ works of Anirban Seth, Shymal Mukherjee, Anup Giri, Bishwajit Saha, Smt. Bina Pradhan, Avishankar Mitra & others, Curated by Smt. Ratnottama Sengupta (Art Critic, The Times of India) Kolkata.

• 2005 - Invited : “Spring Show” Organized by “Nandan- The Art Paradise” (Mumbai) at ARTISTS CENTRE, Mumbai [Including- Shri Chintamoni Kar, Shymal Dutta Roy, Suhas Roy, Ganesh Pyne, Jogen Choudhury, Shuvaprasanna and others].

• 2005 - Group show of paintings at Karnataka Chitrakala Parisath , Bangalore .

• 2005 - Invited: PLASMA Art Gallery presents- “Progressive Regression” An exhibition of paintings and sculptural art by well known professional artists from Kolkata , Winter’05.

• 2005 - Invited : HACIENDA, Mumbai, Organized by “NANDAN”Gallery (Mumbai) (Including- Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Rabin Mondal, Sunil Das, Dipali Bhattacharya, Subrata Gangapadhyay and others ).

• 2005 - Invited: Painting Exhibition for ‘tsunami victims’, Metropolitan Art Salon (Including- Sunil Das, Chandra Bhattacharya, Anirban Seth and others ) .

• 2005 - Invited : “ UTSAV – 2005”, Organized by Samokal Art Gallery ( Including- Shri Ramananda Bandopadhyay , Shri B. R. Paneswar , Shri Prakash Karmakar,
Shri Bijon Choudhury, Smt. Sanu Lahiri , Isha Mohammad, Eleena Banik,
Siddhartha Sengupta & others) inaugurated by- Shri Buddhadev Guha (Celebrated writer), Shri Buddhadev Dasgupta (Eminent Film Director of India) & Shri Tapan Bandopadhyay(Cultural Dept. Govt. of West Bengal).

• 2005 - “Violence, Non-violence and World Peace” Organized by “World Pease Congress~ 2005” and ‘International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research’ & IPPNO (U.S.A.).

• 2004 - Invited: “Calcutta Festival, Baghnan High School, W.B., Organized by : ‘Ganasanskriti Manchan’.
• 2004 - “Parampara”, Park Hotel, Kolkata.
• 2004 - Invited: ‘Art of Bengal’, Organized by Srijanee, Bengalore .

• 2004 - Chitra-bhas throws ‘FRIST LIGHT’ at Chemould Art Gallery..
• 2004- ICE SKATING RINK, Kolkata .
• 2003 - Birla Academy of Art & Culture , Kolkata .
• 2003 - Metropolitan Art Salon (Gallery).
• 2003 - Invited: “An exhibition of the works by renowned artists” by Gallery Caps.
• 2002 - Academy of Fine Arts.
• 2002 - ‘Peace’~ Exhibition Organized by-Rotary Club (Rotary Sadan)Kolkata .
• 2000 - Gaganendra Art Gallery .

EDUCATION :* Master of Visual Art ( M.V.A.) from Govt. College of Art & Craft Calcutta ~ 2004(Held in 2005 ) and obtained first class. * B.V.A. (Govt. Art College) with first class ~ 2001 ( Held in 2002). Post Diploma from Indian Society of Oriental Art ~1999. *First Fresco Painting Training Course from I.S.A.A. ~1999. *CMS & IDD from ‘IRMA’ affiliated to World Rural Medical Association- Geneva & supported by UNICEF ~1997. * B.C.A.A. from Indian Astronomical Society [Deptt. of Applied Mathematics] University College of Science, sponsored by ECRA and World Laboratories [ GENEVA ] ~1996. * Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from Calcutta University ~ 1997.

PROFESSION : Former Hony. Visiting tEACHER, the Indian Society of Oriental Art, Park Street, Kolkata ~700016.

AWARDS
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• 2004- Bronze Medal Awarded by Avantika International (Regional Art Exhibition) Kolkata.
• 2004- Certificate of Merit from E.Z.C.C. (Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India).
• 2004- West Bengal State Academy Award (Collaboration with Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi).
• 2003- Oriental Art Society Award.
• 2003- Merit Certificate from Avantika International (Regional Art Exhibition) Kolkata.
• 2001- Festum First Award, Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata.
• 2001- College Award from Govt. College of Art & Craft , Kolkata .
• 2001- Prestigious Camlin Art Foundation, East Zone Award, (Professional Category) Kolkata.
• 2000- ‘Outstanding Young Person First Award ’(Festum), Dr. R. Ahmed Dental College, Kolkata.

PARTICIPATIONS :
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 2004 - “Aranya~2004” by Samokal Art Gallery & RAD .

 2004 - Water Colour Painting Exhibition” Organized by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (Ministry of Cultural, Govt. of India) .

 2004 -West Bengal State Academy of Dance Drama Music & Visual Art (Rabindra Bharati University) .
 2003 -‘New Face’, Presented by Artists Circle (Gallery)~‘03.

 2003 - Annual Exhibition Birla Academy of Art & Cultural .

 1999-2002 - Annual Exhibition Govt. College of Art & Craft (Calcutta.) .

 1998-2006 - Annual show- Oriental Art Society , Kolkata.
 2001 - “Nokia Arts Awards-Asia Pacific”(Organized by Ogilvy Public relation,
WORLDWIDE) New Delhi – 2001.

 2001 - “World Peace” Thinkers Meet ‘Art Exhibition’, organized by ISISAR(Cal.) & IPPNO (U.S.A.) --2001.

 2000-2003 - Rajjya Charukala .*Avantica Regional-2002.

 2002 - * ‘Kalamala’ by Birla Academy .

COLLECTIONS :
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Mrs. Lee-Alison Sibley [U.S. Consul general ], Moni Ratnam [Eminent Film Director, INDIA], Mr. Ravi Suria{New York,USA}, Hindustan Times, ICICI, Tata Steel, Emami Limited, Marble Palace (Kolkata), ‘ Mr. M. Reddy {Hyderabad}, Mrs. Kathie Hall (British Deputy High Commission, kolkata), Mrs. Linda Lizioli (Consolate Generale of ITALI), Christyne Plante (Canada), Mia Bishop (U.K.), Ms. Maria Elena Casyab (U.S.A.), Mr. Satish Kapoor & Mrs. Preeti Kapur ( Indian Consulate of Poland), Ms. Usha Bibra , Mr. Patrik Bowrings ( Fine Art auctioneer,U.K.), Shri Sunil Gangopadhyay (Eminent Poet & Novelist) & Many Private, Corporate & Institutional collections, Like – India & Abroad.

CAMPS / WORKSHOPS:
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 2007 - 2nd Art Workshop Camp by “Indian National Forum of Art And Culture” in collaboration with Science City and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (Ministry of Cultural, Govt. of India) at Aikatan Cultural Complex, Salt Lake, Kolkata .

 2006 - AURODHAN ART GALLERY [ARTIST-in-RESIDENCE programmes offer workshops and camps where invited artists "create and share" in the Gallery] Pondicherry .

 2005 - Painting workshop on using agri-based vegetable colours,Organized by RAD & Dr. Dilip Chatterjee, conducted by ANIRBAN SETH, At Samokal Art Gallery, Golpark .
 2005 - Painting workshop and exhibition at Budge Budge Nature Park in Collaboration with Deptt. Of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Resource and Harbour (Govt. of West Bengal) Nature Park, Organized by Artists Circle
(Gallery) .

 2005 - Workshop for tsunami victims, conducted by ANIRBAN SETH at Metropolitan Art Salon .

 2004 - “Art Festival & Workshop” at Swabhumy, Organized by Vikalp Art Shop .
 “ Peace” Workshop by R.A.D.(Reflection of Another Day) at Science College
~2003.
 Invited: ‘Kala Mela’~ Birla Academy of Art & Culture , Kolkata – 2002

 Kolkata Book Fair workshop ~1999
 First Fresco Painting Camp, Kolkata ~1999.
 Art & Craft Workshop, Organized by Mrs. Bhartia, at Alipore,
Kolkata~2001, 2002 & 2003.
ARTIST-IN-
RESIDENCE :
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‘Artist-in-Residence’ Scholarship programmed, “live-in-gallery” at AURODHAN ART GALLERY, Pondicherry – 2006.
EXPERIENCE :
# Art reviews have been published in many leading Newspapers & Magazines of India like – The Bombay Times, The Hindu(Bangalore), Inneru(Bangalore), New Indian express, CITY-INFO (Kolkata), “CAL CALLING”(English monthly tourism magazine), India Today, DESH, FEMINA (South India Pub.), Ananda Bazar Patrica, The Telegraph, The Times of India [Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai], The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age, Sanbad Pratidin, Bartaman, Ganashakti, Aajkaal, Biswamitra, Janasaata, Deccan Herold etc.

# Interviews and Documentaries have been relayed in the leading private and Government Television Channels like- Kolkata Doordarshan, KHAS-KHABOR, Akash Bangla TV, Tara Bangla TV, Khabor Akhon (Bangla Akhon TV), ATN Bangla TV, Sonar Bangla TV, India Today Group, RPG Net Channel (Radio & TV), AAKSH-BANI KOLKATA(Radio).

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