After finishing school, he joined the Government College of Art & Craft in Calcutta. In 1959, he received his diploma in drawing and painting. Later, Pyne became known as one of the most notable contemporary artists of the Bengal school of art, who had also developed his own style of “poetic surrealism”, fantasy and dark imagery, around the themes of Bengali folklore and mythology. After graduating from art college, Pyne decided against taking up a full-time job, and commenced his artistic career in the early 1960s as a book illustrator and a sketch artist for animation films at Mandar Mullick’s studio in Calcutta. In 1963, he became a member of the newly-formed Society of Contemporary Artists. His early work was deeply influenced by the Bengal school, especially Abanindranath Tagore, who was a major influence in watercolour. For the painter, the 1970s was an important period, when he moved to watercolours. The tumultuous period of anger and despair in Bengal found expression in his art. Pyne started as a watercolourist in the Bengal-school mode, and gradually shifted to gouache and tempera for his subsequent abstract and surrealist work in ochre, black and blue shades.
Ganesh Pyne is well known for his small-scale works in tempera on canvas, watercolour on paper and gouache. He also painted microcosmic images and motifs from the world of Bengali fables and fairy tales, including the Thakumar Jhuli and such similar sources like the music and lyrics of Baul singers.
Source: A Painter of Eloquent Silence – Ganesh Pyne by Pranab Ranjan Ray (Lalit Kala Akademi and Akar Prakar)