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Artist : A. Ramachandran(Masters)


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One of India’s most distinguished and prolific artists, his art reverberates with the lyricism of classical Indian art and its quest for evolving a distinct idiom not just for itself but also a panoramic view of India itself. His art thus celebrates both the personal and the political at the same time as the rich colours, motifs and effervescent human figures so symptomatic of ‘India’ at times also include the artist’s figure somewhere lurking in the background, watching them, as it were.

Born in 1935 in Kerala, A. Ramachandran graduated with a degree in Malayalam literature in Kerala University after which he went on to pursue a diploma in Fine Arts and Crafts from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharti University Santiniketan. He was deeply influenced by Nandlal Bose, one of the pioneers of modern Indian art.

Ramachandran’s earlier works depicted the harsh, gruesome reality of the world with dark, tortured images. However, later on, his artistic idiom changed to something more life affirming, a celebration of life and its power to heal, rather. And, thus, we are introduced to his magnum opus works that combine the different elements of Indian classical art, such as dazzling motifs, decorative imagery and a melange of colours that astound the senses. The presentation of nature is aesthetic and striking, with trees, flowers, leaves, birds and fireflies painted in a definitive, realistic style.

The artist has been inspired by and extensively used Kerala murals, Nathadwara paintings and Ajanta murals in his works. A decorative element much like the murals is observed in many of his paintings. However, in most of his works, the decorative element does not stand out; it is intrinsic, built into his figures’ clothes and jewellery as a part of the overall design.

Ramachandran has a number of solo and group shows to his credit both in India and abroad. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 2005 and the Raja Ravi Verma Puraskar by the Government of Kerala in 2003.

Ramachandran taught art for three decades He has widely written and lectured on art, and also designed stamps and ceramics. He has written and illustrated numerous picture books for children which have been highly acclaimed. Some of the original illustrations for these books are on permanent display at the Museum of Children’s Books at Miyazaki, Japan.    The artist lives and works in New Delhi and Kochi.

 

Education

1975 Study Tour of Japan on Japan Foundation Grant

1962 -65 Ph. D. 'Mural Painting of Kerala', Visva Bharati

1957-61 Diploma in Fine Arts and Crafts ,Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan

1954 -57 M.A.(Malayalam Literature), Kerala University

Exhibitions

SelectedSoloExhibitions

2016 'Earthen Pot : Image Poems 2016', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2014 Two part exhibition, 'A Retrospective: Drawings, sketches and studies 1958 - 2014 and Ekalinji Fantasy: Paintings and sculptures 2009 - 2014', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2013 'A. Ramachandran-Selected Works from 1964 - 2013, Durbar Hall Gallery, Kochi organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2009 'Bahurupi', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2008 Presented by Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2008 'Recent Works', Grosvenor Vadehra, London

2007-08 ‘Face to Face’, Art Practice of A Ramachandran, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai and New York

2006 'The Universe in the Lotus Pond', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi; Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

2005 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2005 Illustrations of ‘Gaudi’s Ocean’, exhibited at Nami Island, South Korea

2002 Exhibition of Watercolors, organized by Fine Arts Resource, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2002 ‘Yayati’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

2001 ‘Imagined Territory’, paintings, drawings and sculpture, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

1998 ‘Icons of the Raw Earth, Part-I’, an Exhibition of Bronze Sculptures and Drawings at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi;

1998 ‘Icons of the Raw Earth, Part-II’, an Exhibition of Bronze Sculptures and Drawings at Art Today, New Delhi

1998 Gallerie Ganesha, New Delhi

1997 ‘The Lotus Pond at Obeshwar’, organized by Kala Yatra, Sista’s Art Gallery, Bangalore

1996 Paintings and Watercolors, Arks Gallery, London

1994 ‘Reality in Search of Myth’, organized by Kala Yatra, Bangalore at Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi

1991 ‘Urvashi Pururavas and the Lotus Pond’, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

1991 Paintings and Watercolors, Kala Yatra, Bangalore

1986 Completed the large mural of 60’ x 8’ and a group of 13 Bronze Sculptures commissioned by E Alkazi, Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi

1984 ‘Water Bodies ‘,Lalit Kala Studios’, Garhi

1981 ‘Puppet Theatre’, Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi

1979 21 ‘Portfolios of Etchings’, sponsored by SHAOOR, Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai

1978 ‘Retrospective’, organized by Kumar Gallery, Hansalaya, New Delhi

1977,75,70,68,67,66 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

RetrospectiveExhibitions

  2004 Retrospective, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  2003 National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1983 ‘Retrospective’, organized by Kumar Gallery at Art Heritage, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 'Ideas of the Sublime', presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2012 'Gallery Collection', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2011 'The Path of the Lotus: Indian Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London

2011 'Natural Bodies, Subverted Canons', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010 'Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi', presented by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

2010 '10 x 10', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

2010 'Paper Trails', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010 'The Living Insignia', Gallery Ensign, New Delhi

2010 'Black and White', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

2009 'Progressive to Altermodern: 62 Years of Indian Modern Art', Grosvenor Gallery, London

2009 'Kalpana: Figurative Art in India', presented by The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at Aicon Gallery, London; The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

2008 'Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

2007 ‘High on Art’, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2006-07 ‘Indian Art Part II: Inventing / Inverting Traditions’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London

2006 ‘Naked Line’, Drawings by 12 Artists in New Delhi and Mumbai, organized by Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2005 Spirit Set Free Golden Jubilee Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

2003 ‘Celebration of Color’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery and The Times of India, Mumbai and New Delhi

2003 ‘Pictorial Transformations’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

2000 ‘Celebration of Human Image’, organized by Thinking Eye, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

2000 ‘Point Counterpoint’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

1997 ‘Colors of Independence’, organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

1997 ‘Major Trends of Indian Art : 50th Anniversary of Indian Independence’, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1997 ‘Contemporary Indian Art : Rediscovering the Roots’, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi at Lima, Peru

1997 ‘Indian Contemporary Art : Post Independence’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

1996 ‘Contemporary Indian Painters’, organized by Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and New Delhi

1996 ‘Chamatkara: Myth and Magic in Indian Art’, organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA),Kolkata at Whitleys Art Gallery, London

1995 Inaugural Exhibition, Art Today, New Delhi

1995 ‘Indian Contemporary Painting’, Christie’s Exhibition / Auction

1994 ‘Drawing 94’, organized by Gallery Espace, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

1994 ‘Review 1930-1993 from NGMA Collection’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

1993 ‘Wounds’, organized by Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata

1991 ‘Artists for Helpage’, auction organized by Helpage and Asprey’s, UK at Mumbai

1991 ‘Masters’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1990 ‘Art Mosaic’, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata

1989 ‘Nature’, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1989 ‘Art for Cry’, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata

1989 ‘Artist Alert’, Exhibition / Auction for Sahmat

1986 ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany

1985 ‘India in Print’, Tropen Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands

1982 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Royal Academy of Arts, England

1982 ‘India, Myth and Reality’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England

1982 ‘Modern Indian Painting’, Washington

1982 ‘Indische Kunst Heute’, Federal republic of Germany

1982 Inaugural Exhibition, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

1982 ‘Indian Painting Today’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Asian Art, Bangladesh

1977 ‘Pictorial Space’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1973 ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, 25th Anniversary of Indian Independence, Washington, Los Angeles, Toronto

1972 ‘Art Now’, Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi

1972 ‘Drawings’, Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi

1970 ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan

1970 ‘Indian Painters and Sculptures 1970’, Kunika Chemould Gallery, New Delhi

1969 ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, Australia

1969 ‘Indian Painters 69’, Max Muller Bhavan and Birla Academy, Kolkata

1966 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

1966 ‘Ten Indian Painters’, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New Jersey State Museum, USA

1963 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

Participations

2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2011 'Time Unfolded', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi

2011 'Celebrations 2011', Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

2010 'Art Celebrates 2010: Sports and the City', represented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

2010 'Roots', 25th Anniversary Exhibition of Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai at The Park, Chennai

2010 'Celebration 2010', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

2007-08 'From Everyday To The Imagined: Modern Indian Art', Singapore Art Museum, Singapore and at Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul

1992 ‘Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Birla Academy of Art and Culture’, Kolkata

1987 ‘Festival of India’, Coups de Coeur, Geneva

1986 Havana Biennale, Cuba

1980 Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Paintings in Miniature Format, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

1979 Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Sculptures of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

1979 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

1978 Triennale India Restrospike, Federal Republic of Germany

1976 25th Pugwash Conference, Chennai

1975 Annual Exhibition of Society of Contemporary Art, Kolkata

1974 Menton Biennale, France

1972 ’25 Years of Indian Art’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1971 ‘Contemporary Indian Painting’, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador in Brazil and Venezuela

1971 Triennale-II, India and National Exhibition of Art, New Delhi

1968 Triennale-I, India

1967 Tokyo Biennale, Japan

1968 Triennale-I, India

 

Honours and Awards

 

2005 Padma Bhushan, Government of India

2003 Raja Ravi Verma Puraskar, Government of Kerala

2001 Manaviyam Award, Manaviyam Cultural Mission, Government of Kerala

2000 Gagan – Abani Puraskar, Viswa Bharati University

1991 Parishad Sanman, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

1980 Noma Award for Children’s Picture Book Illustration

1978 Noma Award for Children’s Picture Book Illustration from Japan

1973,69 National Award for Painting, New Delhi

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