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K.S. Kulkarni View Artworks of K.S. Kulkarni Back to Artist

Born in Karnataka, K.S. Kulkarni studied at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay. He was also a research scholar at Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Bombay. He ahd his first solo show in 1945, organised by the All Inddia Fine Arts and Crafts Society. He founded the world famous art and culture organisation Triveni Kala Sangam in 1948 where he served as the Director of the Art Department till 1968.He was also one of the founding members of the Delhi Silpi Chakra

 He was awarded the first of his three national awards in 1955 and in 1958, he travelled through Guatemela, Mexico, Peru and Brazil where he came into contact with the Mayan and Inca civilisations which were to later become a major source of influence in his work.

K.S . Kulkarni had several solo shows in New Delhi, Mumbai Kolkata as well as in many cities of USA, Europe, Japan and Egypt. He has participated in many major exhibitions both in India and abroad.

Kulkarni’s art gradually evolved and was inspired by the decorative grace of the classical Indian figures in the Ajanta murals and the Chola bronzes and the vitality of modernism. He combined these two styles in his figurative works.

Primarily, a figurative artist, he did not create any style of his own, but rather kept painting in various styles excelling in each both craft wise as well as in high aesthetic terms. He was also a master of line and a frugal user of colour. His work however compares with the best in contemporary Indian art and is now a part of art history.

Kulkarni was a recipient of several national awards and his works were exhibited in both India and abroad.

He passed away in 1994.

Education  

1950 Nominated to represent India at the International Arts Program, USA, sponsored by the State Department and the Rockefeller Foundation

  1941-43 Research Scholar to Study Indian Painting, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai

  1941-42 Post graduation, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai

  1935-40 Diploma in Fine Arts, J.J. School of Art, Mumbai  

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  

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

  2012-13 'Radical Terrain: Modernist Art from India', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

  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 'Goddess, Lion, Peasant, Priest: Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', from the Collection of Shelley and Donald Rubin at Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Atlanta

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

  2011 'Masterclass', Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

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

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

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

  2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead

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

  2008 Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2006 ‘A Rare Artist of Substance: K. S. Kulkarni’, Arushi Arts, New Delhi

  2005 ‘The Protean Spirit’, Art and Deal

  2005 ‘An Appetite for Life: Paintings from 1970 and 80s by K. S. Kulkarni’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  2004 ‘In Memory of Prof. K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi

  2004 ‘Manifestations II : Indian Art in the 20th Century’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2001 ‘Exhibition of Paintings from 1970-1980’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  2000 ‘Exhibition of Paintings Prof. K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi

  1998 ‘Paintings and Sculptures by K. S. Kulkarni’, Art Indus, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Indian Contemporary Art : Post Independence’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Light from the Darkness’, A Series of Paintings from 1964-66’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1996 ‘K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi

  1995 ‘In Homage Exhibition of Paintings by Late Prof. K. S. Kulkarni’, GallerieGanesha, New Delhi

  1995 ‘The Figure in Modern Art’, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York

  1994 ‘Prof. K. S. Kulkarni – Painter and Sculptor’, ABC Art Gallery, Varanasi

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1988 Paintings on Glass ‘GeetGovinda’ by Prof. K. S. Kulkarni, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1986 ‘Retrospective Show of K. S. Kulkarni’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1974 United States Investigation Services (U. S. I. S), Kolkata

  1972 I.I.E. United Nations Plaza, New York

  1972 Russel Sage College, Troy, USA

  1972 Saratoga Public Library, New York

  1971 Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, USA

  1971 Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts, USA

  1971 Dickinson College, PA. USA

  1971 Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, USA

  1970 Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce, New York

  1970 Harthorne Art Gallery, New York

  1970 State University of Pennsylvania, USA

  1969 Wilson College, PA. USA

  1969 Gallery Mayer, New York

  1969 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1969 Triveni Studio, New Delhi

 1968 Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi.

  1967 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1967 Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1967 Triveni Studio, New Delhi

  1966 Triveni Studio, New Delhi

  1965 ‘Kulkarni’, Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1964 Kala Parishad, Bhopal

  1963-65 Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

  1963 Triveni Studio, New Delhi

  1963 Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

  1963 Gallery Ashoka, Kolkata

  1962 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1961 Gallery Ashoka, Kolkata

  1961 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1961 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1959 Antonio Soja Gallery, Mexico.

  1959 Indian Painter, organized by East Europe Federation of Arts, USA.

  1959 Modern Art Centre, Zurich.

  1958 Danber Gallery, New York.

  1958 Watumall Foundation, Honolulu.

  1958 Atelier Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

  1958 ‘K. S. Kulkarni’, Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo

  1958 ‘K. S. Kulkarni’, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington D. C, USA

  1958 Art Unlimited Gallery, San Francisco, USA

  1958 Schaefer School of Design, San Francisco, USA

  1957 Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, USA

  1954, 55, 57, 59 Silpa Chakra Art Gallery, New Delhi.

  1954-59 Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi

  1952-59 Kumar Gallery, New Delhi

  1951 Arthur Newton Gallery, New York

  1949 International Art Exhibition, London

 1949-51 Freemason Hall, New Delhi

  1948 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi.

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 1990 ‘Exhibition of Drawings by Seven Artists’, GallerieGanesha, Kolkata   1963 ‘Indian Painters’, USSR

 1960 ‘Modern Indian Painters’, USA and South America

 1959 ‘Indian Painters’, Traveling Exhibition in Europe

 1959 ‘International Exhibition’, Japan

  1959 World House Galleries, New York

  1959 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

  1959 Modern Art Centre, Zurich

  1959 Antonio Souza Gallery, Mexico

 1958 Dunbar Gallery, New York

  1958 Federation of Arts, USA and South America

  1949 International Art Exhibition, New Delhi

 1945 International Art Exhibition, New Delhi

 

Honours and Awards

 

 1986 Parishad Sanman, Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi

  1985 Emeritus Fellowship, Department of Culture, Government of India

  1984 Fellowship for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1972-79 Nominated as Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Lalit Kala Academy

  1972-76 Vice Chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1969-74 Invited by the Government of USA, USSR, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Korea, Netherlands, UK as a Guest Artist

  1965 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1962 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1955 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

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