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Abstract Visions – Parallel Perceptions

Participating artists

ACHUTHAN KUDALLUR

Achuthan multilayered tapestries of organic and linear forms are visions of images of ritual and dramas enacted with lamplight. He translates the sound, smell and theatre of Kerala from the mind’s eye into visions of multi-sensory canvases.

Born in February 1945 at Palghat district, Kerala. He has held several solo shows from 1977 to 2003 at Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore and group exhibitions at Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Dubai, London and Kathmandu etc. Achuthan has attended numerous camps and won many awards, which includes National Academy Award in 1988, Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1982 and served as the Commissioner for the X Indian International triennial in 2001. His works are in major private and government collections

 

KM ADIMOOLAM

Adimoolam’s long involvement with abstracting transient nature and its elements into the remembered landscape of abstraction is an obsession. The forceful gesture of his strokes captures the dynamic flux of tropical southern light, and the five elements in a cauldron of paint.

KM Adimoolam was born in 1938 and studied at Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras. He has received several honours including from the Lalit Kala Akademi, Madras in 1963, ’64, ’65, and ’78, Chitra Kala Parishad-Bangalore, 1963, Bombay Art Society, 1965-66, Hyderabad Art Society, 1965-66, Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta,1973, National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1979.  Adimoolam has had around 22 Solo exhibitions and several Group Shows.  His works are in major national and international collections both private and governmental.  His publications include “Between the Lines – Drawings done between 1962 and 1996,”  published by Values Art foundation, Chennai. 

 

AKHILESH

Akhilesh’s meditative canvases are a testimony to control over the rhythmic notations of echoes and endless variations of patterns in a grid.
He is the archetypal weaver who catches the light in the warp and weft of his woven tapestries.
Born into a Rajput family in Bhopal, his father taught art and had won the first gold medal of Madhya Pradesh. Akhilesh first rejected his father’s profession, but eventually, compelled by a desire to create art, he studied fine art and textile design at the Indore College of Art. He has since participated in various shows in the country and overseas.
Akhilesh lives and works in Bhopal.

 

AKKITHAM NARAYANAN 

Akkitham Narayanan’s receding and expanding triangles are intercepted with lyrical wave patterns; color fuse and blend beyond the linear boundary of precise sacred geometry, the purusha and the prakrithi are in motion of eternal coitus to sustain the world

Born in 1939 in Kerala, Akkitham Narayanan received a Diploma in Painting from the Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. He then studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris on a Government Scholarship. He studied monumental art under Mr. Jean Bertholle and engraving under Mr. Lucien Couleau. He is the recipient of the IV International Festival of Painting Award, in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. Narayanan’s works have been exhibited widely within the country and internationally.  He has had numerous solo shows across the world, since 1966 and has also received several awards.  He has won the Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award thrice in 1963, 65 & 66. He received the Indian Govt. Scholarship, association of Young Painters and Sculptors, Madras, Award in 1967-70, received scholarship from the French Govt. in 1972, besides several others. Akkitham Narayanan lives and works in Paris.

 

AMITAVA DAS

Amitava Das dissects matter to revel nerve endings and dynamic molecular movements that are part of the rasa or essence of life, he tracks this fundamental organic quality of life.
Born in 1947 in Delhi, he studied drawing and painting at College of Art, New Delhi, Solo Exhibitions: Oil on canvas at Kunika Chemould Gallery : created Tapestry Mural in 1977 for Indian Trade Exhibition in Mosed and several other group and solo exhibitions held nationally and internationally. 
Select Collections:  Permanent collection of Society of Contemporary Art, London; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; Punjab Museum, Chandigarh; Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi and many other private collections. Amitava Das lives and works in Delhi.

 

AMITABHA DHAR

Born 1957
Graduated from Government College of Art & Crafts Kolkata and did Teachership course from the same College. Exhibitions: Solo, two man and three person shows in major cities in India from 1984-2001.  Participant in Group shows and all India annuals in metropolitan centers in India and Tokyo, Japan, Bhopal Biennale, 1996, Lalit Kala Akademy National Exposition, New Delhi, 1998 and International Triennale, New Delhi, 2001, Calcutta Metropolitan Festival of Arts, 1995, Millennium Festival of Art, Calcutta 2000.

Amitava Dhar’s paintings have always had images that have been broken into constituting parts and reassembled according to inner logic.  He plays with formal multiplicity and visual dialectics.  A chair, a nude, a fowl, a landscape or a cityscape may be broken into elements of pro and contra and juxtaposed inside out or in reverse perspective on a seemingly two-dimensional surface.  Colours are built up as complimenting and contrasting each other to compel viewer to see things through the inner eyes.  The result may be total tranquility or chaos.  They are commentaries in post modern illogical and supra logical situations.

 

ARINDHAM CHATTERJEE
           
Born in 1970 Arindham Chatterjee studied at the Govt Art College, Kolkata and at Viswabharati, Kala Bhavana, Shantiniketan. He has received several awards such as a silver in the Drawing and Design exhibition at the Kyoto University, Japan, the Birla Academy of Art & Culture award, Kolkata, the H K Kejriwal Memorial award, Bangalore in 1998, Navonmesha Puraskar in 2002. He is also a recipient of the National scholarship in painting by the Govt of India 2996-98, has participated in the Triennale organized by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and has participated in several group shows in various cities.

 

GANESH HALOI

The transience and the dynamics of landscape are converted to planes of gestures and colors that evoke transcendence in works of Ganesh Haloi. It is an attempt to soar from the terrestrial to view and translate the geography from above.

Born in 1936 in East Bengal, now, Bangladesh he migrated to Kolkata during the partition. He graduated from Government College of Art & craft kolkata in 1956 and joined Archaeological Survey of India as a Senior Artist. He was deputed to work at Ajanta from 1957 to 1963. Then he joined Art College Kolkata as a lecturer in 1964.

Ganesh Haloi has won several awards including the Late R. N. Chakarborty Memorial (ex principal) Gold Medal from the Government College of Art, Kolkata (1956), the seven silver medals from Kolkata University (1953, 1954, 1955). Gold medals from the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata (1955, 1956, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1970) and has participated in several group and solo shows in the country and abroad.
The artist now lives and works in Kolkata.

 

P. GOPINATH

Gopinath’s biomorphic forms arch and curve to construct multiple possibilities to use brilliant hues. He plays with surface and depth, transcendental invocations of minimal geometry and spatial dimensions in the tradition of Cholamandalam.

P Gopinath was born in 1948 at Ponani in Kerala.  In 1970 he obtained a Diploma in Painting, from Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras. In 1988, was nominated as an Eminent Artist member, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. He was invited for the Print-making workshop by Mr. Alister Grant, Royal College of Arts, 1980. He has participated in various solo and group shows nationally and internationally, has represented India as Commissioner for the International Painting Festival, Cagnes Sumer, France, 1991, He has received the State Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, Madras, 1981 besides various other awards and honours and lives and works in Cholamandalam in Chennai.

 

S. HARSHAVARDHANA

Linearity is transformed into lyrical notations in the hands of Harshavardhana who traces the circuit of charged particles in a maze to unravel the matrix of life.
Born in 1958, he graduated in Bio-Sciences from Birla Insitute of Science and technology and a Diploma in Business Management. He has held senior management positions in the Bio-medical industry. He quit the industry in 1993 to work as a freelance artist and since then has held several solo and group shows across India.
His work has been displayed at exhibitions like the Bharat Bhavan Biennial of Contemporary Indian Art, Bhopal, 1996; Gallery Lakeeren, Mumbai, 1996 and ‘The Pastel’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi, 1996.
S. Harshavardhana lives and works in Delhi

 

JAYASHREE CHAKRAVARTY
Jayshree Chakravarty was educated at Santiniketan and she graduated in Fine Arts from the Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan, in 1978 and obtained a post-graduate diploma from M.S.University, Baroda, in 1980. She received a Canadian grant in 1982 to study art.

She has exhibited across India and Sweden and her works can be seen in the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and in Chandigarh Museum. She won an award in 1988 in the II Bharat Bhavan Bienniale Bhopal.

She lives and works out of Kolkata

 

LAXMAN SHRESTHA
Laxman Shreshtha was born in Siraha, Nepal in 1939. He graduated from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay in 1962. In 1964 he received a French Government Scholarship to Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts and the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere, Paris. In 1970 he received the British Council Grant to the Central School of Art and Craft, London and in 1971 was awarded the I.V.P. Grant by the U.S. Government to visit Baltimore and San Francisco.

Soon after graduating he held his first solo exhibition in Bombay-1963 and Khatmandu-1964. He has been invited to participate in exhibitions at Maison des Beaux Arts and Sal de la Press, Paris-1966; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh-1979; Gallery Surya, Freinsheim and Gallery F. Friendrich, Cologne, Germany-1980; Gallery Maison Fracaise, Nairobi, Kenya-1987; ‘Pioneers to the New Generation’, Calcutta-1992; ‘The Search Within’ an Austro-Indian traveling exhibition, Pernegg Monastery, Geras and Bildungshaus St. Virgil, Salzburg, Austria, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Bombay -1998-99.
Laxman Shreshtha lives and works in Bombay.

 

RM PALANIAPPAN

Rm Palaniappan uses cartography in space, he tracts the terrestrial and celestial trajectories in his graphic notations. He maps the earth from space and telescopes the movements of the cosmos like an artistic astronomer. With his universal symbols, signs and aviation notations he transcends the self from local to a global aesthetic and graphic sensibilities.

Palaniappan was born in 1957 and is an alumnus of the Govt. College of Arts Crafts, he studied advanced Lithography at the Tamarind Institute (USA) during 1991 and was the Artist in Residence at the Oxford University in1996. A recipient of several awards, honours and residencies including the Fulbright Grant, Charles Wallace India trust grant, International Visitorship programme of USIS, and Senior Fellowship, Govt. of India, he has also received several awards like National Award, International prints Biennales of Bhopal and Taiwan. He was invited by several International universities and art institutions to conduct workshops in print-making, has participated in numerous international prints exhibitions and important national level curated exhibitions by invitation and has held many one man shows across the country and also in Holland and U.K. He has curated major shows and also served as International Commissioner for Bharat Bhavan Prints Biennale, 1995.  His works are in many prestigious collections and he is currently Regional Secretary of the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.

 

PRABHAKAR MAHADEO KOLTE

Prabhakar Kolte has mastered the art of layering pigment and overlapping it with his gestures. His expressionistic strokes inscribe calligraphic, hieroglyph notations on the surface. This is superimposed by a dominant color that reveals fragments of light and color. He structures his painterly canvas by linear notations that pin and punctuate  poetry from the palette.

He has a Diploma in Painting from Sir J. J. School of Art – Mumbai and was a member of Teaching Faculty of Sir J. J. School of Art – Mumbai from1972 – 94. Has held solo exhibitions at the Indo – German Cultural Society, Mumbai, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, Sir J.J.School of Art, Mumbai, Sakshi Gallery, Madras & Bangalore, Art Heritage, New Delhi, Galerie Foundation for Indian Artist, Amsterdam, Vadhera gallery, New Delhi, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, Admit one gallery, New York, Galerie Muller & Plate, Munich, Germany etc & many others national & international solo & group shows such as Festival of Perth, Australia, Three Artists show at Maya Gallery, Hong Kong and so on.

Prabhakar Kolte lives and works in Mumbai

 

RAM KUMAR

Ram Kumar was born in Simla in 1924. Along with his Masters Degree in Economics from the St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, he studied art. In 1949 he left for Paris to study painting under Andre Lhote and Fernard Leger, returning to India in 1952. In 1970 he received the J. D. Rockefeller III Fund Fellowship.

Since 1949 Ram Kumar has exhibited regularly in India and internationally. He has been invited to exhibit at the Tokyo Biennale, Japan-1957 & 59; Venice Biennale, Italy-1958; ‘Eight Indian Artists’, Graham Gallery, New York and ‘Seven Indian Painters in Europe’ Gallery One, London; ‘Ten Indian Artists’, Gallery Rawel, New York and ‘Art Now in India’, U.K., both traveling exhibitions; a joint exhibition with M. F. Husain in New Delhi and Prague, Czechoslavakia-1967; ‘Indian Contemporary Painting’ a traveling exhibition in U.S.A. and Canada-1973; ‘Asian Artist’, Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan-1980; ‘The Gesture and Motif’, Royal Academy of Arts, London-1982; ‘Artistes Indiens en France’, Foundation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris-1985; ‘Coups de Coeur’, Geneva-1987; ‘Three Indian Artists’, Karachi, Pakistan-1988, ‘Ashta Nayak’, Tao Art Gallery, Bombay-2001. Retrospectives of his works have been organized in Calcutta, Bombay, Bhopal and New Delhi between 1980 and 1986. Ram Kumar is also a well-known short story writer in Hindi with five collections of his writings having been published.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972 by the Government of India, the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh State Government in 1985 and the Uttar Pradesh Government State Award for his writing in 1975. Ram Kumar lives and works in New Delhi.

 

S H RAZA
The significant directions abstract artists ventured into were Nature based abstraction, neotantric inspiration and a formal, gesture and material involvement. Raza works with archetypal geometry and calligraphy, he weaves patterns with motifs and text on canvas dyed with elemental and saturated colors of this vibrant land. He plays with these forms like a trained classical musician’s manipulations of a raga-the bindu and yantras become motifs of meditation and the transformation of sound echoes into form, color and sacred geometry.
S.H. Raza was born in Babaria, Madhya Pradesh in 1922. He moved to Bombay and graduated in 1947 from the Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay. He received a French Government Scholarship and left for Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1950. He was a founder member of the Progressive Artists Group, Bombay. He was Visiting Lecturer at the Berkeley University, California in 1962.

Raza has been invited to exhibit in several exhibitions as well as biennials and triennials. He has numerous exhibitions of his paintings both solo & group shows, including the International Biennales at Venice, Sao Paolo and Menton, and in the Triennale at New Delhi. Raza was awarded the Prix de la Critique in Paris, in 1956, the Padma Shri by the President of India in 1981, the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh State Government and was elected a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1983.

 

SUJATA BAJAJ
Born in Jaipur, Sujata did her post graduation in Fine Arts and Painting at the SNDT College and her PhD degree in Indian tribal art and has lectured on it across the world. She held her first show at the Bal Gandharva Art Gallery, Pune, in 1978 and since then has done several group and solo shows. In 1988, Sujata went to in Paris at Raza’s insistence, enrolled at the Ecole Nationale Superieur Des Beaux-Arts, and worked at Studio Claude Viseux. She was awarded an invitation scholarship by the French Government. Sujata Bajaj spends her time between Pune, Norway and Paris. Sujatha Bajaj layers her surfaces with spontaneous gestures and calligraphy; feminine energies are unleashed to evoke the forces of nature.

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