Born and brought up in Kanpur, India, Ashok Bhowmick graduated from Kanpur University in 1973. He received his Diploma in Fine Arts from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata.
Renowned as “Master of Cross-hatching” Ashok is a senior Indian artist. His color palette is a balanced combination of bright tones of red, blue, green, or yellow and lighter shades of grey or yellow. Ashok uses pen and ink as his medium on canvas, to painstakingly create a dense mesh of lines, commonly known as cross-hatching technique. He changes the pressure on his pen, to make dark and light shading in his paintings, for a light and shadow effect. Ashok uses nibs that are specially designed for cross-hatching techniques that are extremely rare to find.
Ashok has multiple accolades to his name, along with the Governor’s Award, Calcutta 1974. He has exhibited his works in numerous group and solo shows across the globe. Ashok’s works are a part of many prestigious collections across the world, including Ulemar Museum, Germany, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, The Modern Museum, San Francisco, and National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.