Kanchan was born in 1987 in Bengal and completed his BFA in sculpture for RabindraBharti in 2013 and MFA in 2016. He has been exhibiting his weeks since 2014 and well-known galleries have recognized his potential. In 2015 he showcased his works with Emami Chisel and Birla Academy of Culture, Kolkata. In 2016 his works were part of shows by Gandhara Art gallery and Harrington Street gallery. 2017 saw his participation again with Emami Chisel, then at the Kochi Muziris Biennale, the Karnataka Lalithakala Academy and he also received the Art Mondiale award. Regularly exhibiting, he participated with Kalakriti art gallery, Hyderabad earlier in 2018, RajyaCharukalaParishad.
Kanchan Karjee’s sculptural practice is essentially figurative and centers around the anatomy of a child. He confronts the issue of emotional and physical representation of the figure through the medium of wood, soft yet firm to carve out much like the moulding of a child through its life. Believing the language of the body to be the purest form of communication, he approaches the treatment of every form with this innocence. Even in his adult forms, this naïveté is palpable - being both deliberate and automatic as over the years his hands have learned to execute intent and emotion with the utmost ease. It is rare to come across such sculptural finesse with the ability to imbue a work with both psychological and physiological mastery and Kanchan is that rarity. His work exhibited at the Arikamedu show in November proves his mettle. I intended to propose his work for the Art Fair sooner but the artist isn’t easily satisfied with his work and only once he was able to bring together his vision with our concept and shape it into its final form that he felt as did we that it deserves the attention that such a high platform offers. He is creating new work as well for the Art Fair in the hope of exhibiting it along with the one created for this show that Art Centrix. His works at the India Art Fair edition 2017 were very well received and as always we intend to take up artists who are emerging and promising. The images of the work attached bears testimony to our belief in his promising career.