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Artist : G.R Santosh(Masters)


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One of the 1st symbolist painters of India, he was deeply influenced by the geometric shapes and patterns and the beauty of Kashmir valley, especially in his early days. He was also profoundly influenced by the Sufi mystic poets .

Born in 1929 in Srinagar, Kashmir, Gulam Rasool Santosh, popularly known as ‘Santosh’ was initially trained in painting, weaving and papier mache. He subsequently won a Government of India scholarship to study Fine Arts at the MS University, Baroda, under the guidance of late Professor N.S Bendre.

Early in his career, G.R. Santosh was influenced by Cezanne and his cubist treatment of the pictorial space. He held his 1st solo show in 1953 in Srinagar. From the late 50’s onwards, get began to get inspired by the Tantric mystico religious traditions prevalent in Kashmir. The notational drawings of tantric yantra underwent a metamorphosis in his works as he reinterpreted and reinvented the symbols to give expression to his unique subjectivity.

Perhaps not known to many, he was also an acclaimed mystic poet in Kashmiri and wrote widely in Urdu. In 1979, he received the Sahitya Akademi award for his collection of poems in Kashmiri, titled ‘BesukhRuh’.

G.R. Santosh has exhibited his works at svseral solo exhibition in India and abroad including those at New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Bombay and New Delhi.

He has been represented in several private and public collection in India and abroad and has also been honoured with the Padma Shri.

G.R Santosh passed away in 1997.

Education  

1954-56 Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.(Student of N. S. Bendre)

1947-53 Self-Taught Craftsman, Painter, Weaver.

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  

 2017 'Perennial Transcendence', presented by Sanchi Art at India Art Fair, New Delhi

 2017 'Tantra', Art Konsult, New Delhi

2015 'Abby Grey and Indian Modernism: Selections from the NYU Art Collection', Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York

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

 2012 'Awakening: A Retrospective of G R Santosh', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

 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 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2011 'Celebrations 2011', Annual Exhibition, Kumar Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010 'Above and Beyond', Aicon Gallery, London

 2010 'Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

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

2009 'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore

2008-09 ''Modern India', organized by InstitutValenciàd'Art Modern (IVAM) and Casa Asia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture at Valencia, Spain

  2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan

 2008 'Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2007 ‘From the Vault’, Highlights from the Herwitz and Gallery Collection, Aicon Gallery, New York

2007 Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi  2005 ‘Unrealistically’, ArtsIndia, New York

2005 ‘Contours of Modernity - An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art’, Founder's Hall of SOKA University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA

2005 ‘Manifestations III : Hundred Artists from the Delhi Art Gallery Collection’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

2004 ‘Manifestations II', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2003 ‘Manifestations I', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi and World Trade Centre, Mumbai

Selected Solo Exhibitions  

  1994 Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  1991 Little Theatre Gallery, New Delhi

  1989 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1985 Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  1983 'Santosh', Gallery TAI IN, Seoul

  1982 'Modern Indian Paintings', Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.,USA

 1982 'Contemporary Indian Art', Festival of India, Royal Academy of Art, London

  1979-80 'Contemporary Indian Art', organized by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) at Japan

  1978 Exhibition at South Korea

  1978 Triveni Kala Sangam, Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi

  1976 South Korea

  1976 ‘Acrylics’, Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi

  1975 ‘Pencil Drawings’, Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi

  1974 Exhibition dedicated to Urdu Writer Thakur Poonchi, Srinagar

  1973 Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi

  1970 Gallery Chanakya, New Delhi

  1970 Bistidari, New Delhi

  1969 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1968 Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi

  1968 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai  1967 KunikaChemould Art Centre, New Delhi

  1964 Revel Gallery, New York

  1962 Gallery Mayer, New York, Kumar Gallery, Kolkata, Kabul, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Devorah Sherman Gallery, Chicago

  1962,71 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1953,57,59,62,64 Mumbai

  1953-56,63 Srinagar

Selected Group Exhibitions  

1992 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1984 'Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Painters', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

 1984 'Neo-Tantra', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

 1983 'Tantra', Stuttgart, West Germany and South Korea

1980 Paintings in the Miniature format, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1979-80 'Contemporary Indian Art', National Gallery of Modern Art at Japan

1973 'Contemparary Indian Painting', Washington D.C.

1972 Cannes, France

1972 'Contemporary Indian Painting', GDR (German Democratic Republic)

 1971 Exhibition at Los Angeles, U.S.A.

1971 'Tantra Art', Montreal

1971 'Contemporary Art of India', Japan

1965 'Ten Contemporary Painters', M.LT. Cambridge and New Jersey State Museum

  1963-64 'Ten Contemporary Painters from India', University of South Florida, Tampa

 1963-64 Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville

1963-64 Delgado Museum of Art (New Orleans Museum of Art), New Orleans

 1963-64 Hunter Gallery of Art, Chattanooga, Colorado Springs

 1963-64 Long Beach Art Centre, San Francisco, East-West Centre, Honolulu and continued in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore

  1963,65 Mainichi, Tokyo

  1961 National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

1959 'Modern Indian Art', Cairo

1959 'Contemporary lndian Painters', Japan

 1956 Indian Exhibition to Eastern Europe

 1950 Shows with Progressive Artists Association

Joint Exhibitions  

 1980 With artist Om Prakash, Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery, New Delhi

Participations  

1988 Second National Biennale, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

 1988 'Festival of India', Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art, Toyama, Japan and Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan

  1985-86 'Neo-Tantra: Contemporary Indian Painting Inspired by Tradition, Festival of India', Frederick S. Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

1982 'Contemporary Indian Art, Festival of India', Royal Academy of Art, London

 1982 Vth International Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1982 'Modern Indian Paintings', Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

1980 'Contemporary Indian Art', Lalit Kala Akademi, held at Dubai

1980 'Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Painters', Lalit Kala Akademi, held at Japan

 1977 Bulgaria International Art Exhibition

1973 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1968,78,82 First, Fourth and Fifth International Triennale, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1963,69,72 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

  1965 Mainichi Biennale, Japan

  1961 Paris Biennale, Paris, France

  1959 'Contesrporary Art from India', Museum Folkwang, Essen StadtischeKunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Museum OstwallimDortmunder Galerie Pel ate, Zurich

  1957 National Exhibition, New Delhi

 

Honours and Awards

  1997 Doctorate of Literature (LittD), posthumous, by University of Jammu

 1997 Posthumous citation and special prize for 'extraordinary contribution in the field of Art and Literature', by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir

  1992 ZehneJadidAitraaf for best interview published in the Urdu magazine ZehneJadid

 1991 Kala Ratna Award, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1985 Kalhana Award, The Kashmir Education and Science Society, New Delhi

  1984 Artist of the Year, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

 1979 Sahitya Akademi Award for BesukhRuh (his collection of poems)

  1977 Awarded Padmashri, Government of India

  1973 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1964 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1959 First Prize, Kalidasa Jayanti Exhibition

  1957 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

 1955-56 Governor of Bombay’s Prize

  1954-56 Cultural Scholarship, Government of India

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