Featured Artist: Monica Talukdar
Acclaimed as doyenne among Uttarakhand artists, India, veteran artist of repute, Monica Talukdar is exhibiting her works at Dallas, Texas, USA from 1st to 7th October 2017. Monica has already showcased a selection of 25 paintings and prints , ranging from water colour wash on paper to acrylic and oil paintings on canvas at an art exhibition held at Hewitt Public Library and Art Gallery, at Waco, Texas, USA. from 15th July to 21st September 2017. Learning & Creativity is delighted to showcase some of her paintings and artworks.
Monica Talukdar is an eminent artist who lives and paints in the picturesque Doon valley of Uttarakhand.
She first copied a portrait of Radha and Krishna when she was five while visiting her grandfather and became known as the little ‘artist ‘.
Thereafter, art became an inseparable part of her life. After graduating in English from Allahabad University, she forged her own path.
In the 1950’s, Monica was trained by the well known Bengal school artist, Sukhvir Sanghal at Allahabad. In 1960s she experimented with various mediums under Dwijen Sen of Santiniketan, at Dehradun.
In the 1970s, she worked and studied with the legendary artist Padma Vibhushan, Binode Behari Mukherji. These unorthodox experiences and training led her to experiment with combining wash painting with oils and acrylics. She has taught art at Welham Boys’ School and Doon School, Dehradun.
Her paintings have been displayed all over India, including Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi and Lucknow. Monica has held solo exhibitions in venues like Government Museum Chandigarh; Jehangir Art Gallery , Bombay; All India Fine Arts And Crafts Society Delhi ; Washington DC , Chicago and London. Monica is also the founder President of Doon Art Society, which serves as a platform for nurturing young artists in the visual arts.She has held many art workshops in Dehradun,and has exhibited at National and International shows, and many group exhibitions.
Monica’s oil painting of Durga was sent on a touring exhibition by the UP State LKA. She is the first to illustrate JS Prasad’s, Hindi Epic poem ‘Kamayani’ in water colour.
Her works are in the collection of ONGC, India and several museums and art galleries in India as well as in private and public collections in India and abroad.
She has been awarded by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society and University Women’s Association for her contribution to art.
Living in Dehradun and being married to a geologist, she has spent a large part of her life outdoors, near her beloved mountains.
Some of her acclaimed paintings, exclusively for our readers of Learning & Creativity.
We would be soon coming up with an exclusive interview with this artist of great repute and feature more artworks by her along with the interview. Stay tuned, friends!
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