About the artist
Paresh Maity was born in 1965 in Tamluk, a small town in West Bengal, renowned for its remarkable heritage of terracotta art. Paresh’s engagement with art began at a very early age. While in school, he made clay images of gods and goddesses and sold them to support his education. He started painting river scenes, landscapes in watercolour while still at school and later began working with oils. The artist mastered the technique of oil painting at the Government College of Art, Kolkata (BFA). His single-minded determination to acquire formal training paid off when he came to Delhi to join the College of Art (MFA), thereafter to the UK on British Council visitorship to study JMW Turner and John Constable.
Paresh’s adventurous and experimental personality has prodded him to explore all mediums-watercolours, oil, mixed media, and various disciplines, be it drawings, installation, sculptures, photography and filmmaking. Paresh’s uniqueness lies in his rediscovering the charm, flavour and magic of India on his paintings. Rajasthan has been the human inspiration behind his work, Shantiniketan the spirituality of mind, body and soul. In Agra he visualised the beauty of the Taj Mahal, in Ajanta-Ellora he recreated the amazing Buddhist frescoes, in his magical series on Kerala, Paresh captured the destination in its pristine colours, as he shifted his creative eye to the serene ghats of Varanasi and later to the Himalayan heights of Himachal Pradesh. The artist has done Series of works on almost all facets and destination of India and then across the seas to paint London, Venice, Sweden and Norway.
In the last four decades, Paresh has to his credit 81 solo exhibitions across the world and India. On the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, an exhibition of watercolours, “Shesh Lekha” was organised at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai. His painting, one of the longest in the world is 850 ft and is on display at the Terminal 3 at Indira Gandhi Internatinal Airport, New Delhi. Paresh is the recipient of the Padmashree, Royal Watercolour Society Award in London, the Harmony Award in Mumbai, the Governor’s Gold Medal from Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, the Indian society of Oriental Art, Kolkata, Pt. Ravi Shankar award from College of Art, New Delhi.
The All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society awarded him twice for best watercolour painting. He was awarded for outstanding painting by the Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Dayawati Modi Foundation Award for achievement in the field of Art and Culture, Sera Bengali Award in Kolkata by Anand Bazar Patrika and many more.