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One can say I became a sculptor by accident. When I was a child, art was never a choice in my mind. At a young age, I had a strong obsession of becoming a naval cadet. Joining the navy to roam around the world inspired me greatly. However, my destiny pulled me to art when I was motivated by an advertising artist who used to live upstairs in the same building where we stayed.  He impressed me a lot, all the more due to the fact that he was among a few people in our locality who owned a car in those days.
 
In my early days at Government Collage of Art, Kolkata, I was good as a painter and as an advertising artist. But fortunately or unfortunately, my association with the great sculptor Prodosh Dasgupta, then the head of the department of sculpture, influenced me to join his stream. Must admit, I was always in two minds about the decision. For every consideration, it was virtually impossible to survive as a sculptor in those days, forget about owning a car.

Little wonder that I had to start my career by taking up a profession as an advertising artist for survival. And frankly speaking, the decision taken at that time made me own my first personal transport, a brand new scooter within a year, which was followed by a second hand car in the year next.

In the year 1962, while pursuing a successful commercial artist's career, I had my first solo show at Artistry House, then situated at Park Street. In that show I had a number of paintings, water colours, pastel drawings and also a few sculptures.
That was the beginning. I was encouraged by the appreciations that came out in newspaper reviews. At that time, to me, the concept of art realization was primarily deep rooted as two dimensional and with various colours. Thinking of sculptures, I was bewildered about what to do, where to start.

Then an opportunity came. I was introduced to an eminent painter, Dilip Das Gupta, who had a studio right upstairs of my office where I was working, and he had a fully equipped work place where he employed live models to pose for drawings. It was a great opportunity to work with human figures. Mr.Das Gupta was a good friend of my professor, Prodosh Dasgupta and he was especially liberal with me due to being a favourite student of his good friend. Though he himself was a painter, he used to encourage me for sculpting, having heard about me from his friend.

After being in advertising for many years, and getting bored of not doing any true creative work, and at the same time seeing my fellow friend sculptors doing so well in their creative field made me envious. After working full day in office for bread and butter, I was working in Mr.Dilip Das Gupta’s studio till midnight and only doing sculptures. All my brushes and paints started gathering dust and I had to shift to a bigger place where I could freely work with clay and plaster of paris.

My sculpture work went on quite slowly. Terra cotta and plaster work, some time mosaic cement were my only media of sculpture. They were fragile. Not long lasting. Many of my works got damaged in my studio itself. I was not interested in working with stone or wood. And till then I did not have any idea about metal casting either. Enthusiasm dampened. Then suddenly as if God-sent,  I enrolled myself with Lalit Kala Regional Centre where sculptor Tarak Garai came forth as a great help for me to start afresh.

The story of my metal sculpture started. I left my job and started working full time on sculptures from morning till night. I still remember the day when my first bronze piece came out of the mould, and in one go ten of my sculptures successfully came out.

 After that there was no interval. My efforts went on. Number of pieces started increasing. Participating in exhibitions was no more a concern. Appreciation and sale of my sculptures picked-up.  That takes us back enough for the future.
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My subject of sculpture is mainly human figures, and that too realistic, or otherwise geometric. I try to restructure them artistically, to make them friendlier with their appreciators with soundless music, so that one can live with them merrily. My sculptures are voluminous. I want to see them against a landscape, against a cluster of high-rise buildings.

I used to do practically all the stages of bronze casting myself. A major part of my sculptor's life was without any outside help. Now, because of my age, I have started outsourcing help for metal casting.

My experiments are based on old Indian temple sculptures. Those simplified forms inspire me. Henry Moore inspires me. A giant boulder in a desert inspires me. Water obstructing boulders in a hill stream inspires me. The cityscape inspires me. Young sculptors inspire me. Paintings inspire me. Even an advertisement visual inspires me. I get inspirations from everywhere. 
 
I still love drawing and painting but they are behind in priority. However, I hope to soon take up painting seriously.
Here I present some of my work created between 2006 and 2008. Hope you enjoy the collection.
Many could not be accommodated here. Please contact me if you are interested.
 
Shankar Ghosh

 
 
 
 
Benubon C-503, 93/2 Kankulia Road, Kolkata 700029, INDIA
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