Sunil Das


Sunil Das’s style of work is very original and shows no specific influence. He had risen to fame like MF Hussain with his paintings of horses. Like Hussain, Sunil Das was inspired by the force and the strength of the moving horse. Later after his visit to Spain, Das was caught up with the other animal: the bull. The horses and the bull have appeared more than 7000 times in Das’s works. He has otherwise painted haunting pictures of women thereby revealing the dark side of people who are otherwise considered beautiful.

Medium and Technique of paintings
Das is effective in most media, though his major works are serigrapghy, conte, and oil on canvas. His style involves the quick use of the brush and pen to get a dynamic effect potent with power. Das does not show much influence of any other artist. His style is very original.

Major Themes
Horses and Bulls running, in motion are the major themes in Das’s works. The other recurring theme is the woman with a dark face, haunting to the viewer. Das has also experimented with his self potraits in colourful strokes .

Sunil Das, probably India’s most important post-modern expressionist was born in the year 1939. He joined the Government College of Arts and Crafts , Calcutta in 1955, then won a French Government Scholarship to study at the Ecole National des Beaux Arts in Paris. Later he joined Government service for the Ministry of textiles and since then continued art and official work simultaneously holding important positions like Member of Purchase Committee for National Art Exhibition of 1979, and Miniature Format Exhibition 0f 1980, Jury for Hyderabad State Akademi, Committee member of 5th Triennale India in 1982 as also member of the General Council of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

Sunil Das had also been a prolific organizer and like Ganesh Paine and Bikash Bhattacharya had been a member of the Society of Contemporary Artists , Kolkata, member de la Societe des Muses Nationale d' Art Moderne, Paris, etc.