Kisory Roy
Kisory Roy Kisory Roy

Kisory Roy

Kisory Roy

Kisory Roy

1911 - 1965

Kisory Roy

Well-known for his landscape paintings, Kisory Roy was inspired to take up the arts by his father, who worked for the railways and was an occasional painter.

Winning a school competition led Roy to the Government School of Art, Calcutta, where he studied from 1931-37. Under Mukul Dey, he learnt to work in several mediums like watercolour, oil, charcoal, and crayon.

In 1939, he learnt landscape painting under J. P. Gangooly and was considered one of his last great students. Though he made works in other genres as well, it was his landscapes that lent him an enduring reputation. Roy’s sublime renditions of natural vistas in oil, such as Darjeeling by Night, Light Awakening, Pleasure Boat, Blue Mountain, Kumaun Himalaya, among other works, stand out for the treatment of light and are a great balance between Bengal School and academic mannerisms. He travelled widely to paint en plein air. One of his most well-known paintings is that of the Howrah Bridge by night.

Roy also painted murals for the Ramgarh Palace, in present-day Jharkhand. His portraits of contemporary luminaries such as Sir N. N. Sarkar, L. M. Sen, his teacher J. P. Gangooly, novelist Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, and others are well known. He exhibited widely in Calcutta, Delhi and Bombay.

Roy taught at the Uttarpara Government High School in Calcutta and later joined his alma mater in 1950, where he taught for the next fifteen years, till his death at the age of fifty-four years.

‘The British hoped that modern technology in and of itself might have a solvent effect on the ingrained 'traditionalism' of the peasant that they both fostered and deplored. This was particularly true of the railways—imagined by many British as almost a god itself’



dag exhibitions

‘Indian Landscapes: The Changing Horizon’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012

‘Manifestations VIII: 20th Century Indian Art’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012

‘The Art of Bengal’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012; Mumbai, 2014; New York, 2016-17

‘Indian Portraits: The Face of a People’

DAG, New Delhi, 2013; Mumbai, 2014

‘The Fifties Show’

DAG, New Delhi, 2020

‘New Found Lands: The Indian Landscape from Empire to Freedom’

DAG, New York, 2021; Mumbai, 2021-22