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Kattingeri Krishna Hebbar was born in 1911 at Kattingeri in the Udupi district of Karnataka. His father used to make clay idols of Lord Ganesha during festivals and this background in folk art helped Hebbar decipher his passion for art and take it forward.

 

K.K. Hebbar received his earlier training in art in Mysore and later at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai. He started his artistic career as a teacher at the Sir J.J. School and taught there between 1940 and 1945. Although Hebbar was trained the western techniques of art but his approach and his distinct style remained rooted in the ethos of Indian folk art. K.K. Hebbar further travelled to Europe to study art at the Academy Julian in Paris.

 

Hebbar’s idiom is a unique combination of impressionistic and expressionistic techniques. A strong social concern made him focus on subjects like poverty, hunger and the destruction wrought by nuclear weapons. At the other end of the spectrum lie his drawings and paintings that capture the grace of dance performances, influence by his study of the classical Indian dace form, Kathak. Throughout his career, Hebbar never ceased to experiment, and enriched his artistic vocabulary through several trips around the country, including those to important historical sites like the ancient caves at Karla, in Maharashtra. One of the sketches that resulted from this particular trip won him a gold medal from the Bombay Art Society.

Hebbar always held that an artist's role was to tell the truth about his feelings without any dilution. Due to his opposition to the politicization of art, he was not a part of any of the many artist groups that thrived in India during the 1940s and 50s; and yet he played an important part in the organization of artists in Bombay, and was closely associated with the Jehangir and Chemould Art Galleries in the city. K.K. Hebbar has exhibited widely across India and abroad. He was honoured with a number of awards through his career, including the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 1989, and the Maharashtra Shasan ‘Gourav Puraskar’ in 1990.

The artist passed away in 1996.

 

Education

  1949-50 Academy Julian (Painting) and Ecole Estinne (Graphics), Paris

  1934-38 Diploma in Painting, Sir J, J. School of Art, Mumbai

 

Selected Post humous Exhibitions

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

  2011-12 'An Artist's Quest: K.K Hebbar- A Retrospective', at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore; New Delhi and Mumbai

  2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York

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

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

  2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi 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

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

  2009 'Long Gone & Living Now', Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai

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

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

  1999 ‘K. K. Hebbar – In Remembrance’, Fine Art Company, Mumbai

  1997 ‘K. K. Hebbar – Paintings, Drawings, Publications’, organized by K. K. Hebbar Art Foundation, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

  1993 ‘K. K. Hebbar – Exhibition of Paintings’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi.

  1987 ‘Indian Drawing Today’, Jehangir Art Gallery,, Mumbai

  1980 ‘K. K. Hebbar – Retrospective’, Jehangir Art Gallery,, Mumbai

  1978 ‘Hebbar – Drawings and Paintings’, Jehangir Art Gallery,, Mumbai

  1973 ‘Drawings and Paintings’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1971 ‘Retrospective’, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1969 Bonythan Art Gallery, Australia

  1964 New York. USA

  1953 All India Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures, traveling to USSR, Poland and West Germany

  1951 Salon de Mai, Paris

  1950 London.

  1949 Paris

  1945 Mumbai

  1941 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

Participations

 

  1959 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil.

  1958 National Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

  1957 National Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

  1956 National Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

  1955 Venice Biennale, Italy.

  1947 Annual Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

 

Honours and Awards

 

  1990 Maharashtra Shasan ‘Gourav Puraskar’

  1989 ‘Padma Bhushan’, by the President of India

  1988 Maharashtra State’s Gaurav Puraskar.

  1986 Karnataka State Rayotsava Award.

  1985 Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademy Award for Distinguished Artists.

  1980-84 The President of India nominated him the Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

  1983 Soviet Land Nehru Award.

  1976 Honorary D. Litt. from Mysore University

  1976 Fellowship, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1961 Padmasri, by the President of India.

  1958 National Academy of Art Award for his work ‘Mahim Darga’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1957 National Academy of Art Award for his work ‘ Song of the Field’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1956 National Academy of Art Award for his work ‘Rhythm’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1956 First Bombay State Art Award, Mumbai.

  1954 Nominated as Eminent artist by the Lalit Kala Akademi in its first General Council meet.

  1947 Gold Medal of the Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1941 Gold Medal of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

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