Ashok Bhowmick’s work is figurative, and what puts it apart from the works of other contemporary artists from the Bengal School of art, to which he belongs, is its close connection to the political situation in the state of West Bengal. A distinct feature of Bhoumick’s work is his manipulation in his rendering of images, which makes living objects appear frozen, and energises inactive, lifeless elements. The collective effect of this is a sense of silence that pervades through his paintings.
Bhowmick likes to call his art revivalist – rooted in old Indian tradition, yet contemporary. He says, “Urban art is often the expression of lonely, or socially or spiritually uprooted individuals, dispossessed of most of life’s stability and with no bindings, except to their creativity. The timeless symbols of the old culture are still meaningful, but they are badly in need of renewal in fresh contemporary forms. And only artists can do so, for they bring back the dead wood of abstraction to life.”
Ashok Bhowmick has a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Calcutta. He won numerous awards including the Governor’s Award, Calcutta in 1974. He has had solo exhibitions of his works in Mumbai, Calcutta and Delhi, and has participated in several group exhibitions His works are in the collections of the Ulemar Museum, Germany, the Modern Museum, San Francisco, Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, and the National Gallery of Modern Art Gallery, New Delhi. Bhowmick lives and works in Calcutta.