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Artist : K.G. Subramanyan(Masters)


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Born in 1924 in Kuthuparambian, Kerala, K.G. Subramanyan studied Economics at Presidency College, Madras. However, his passion for art began to pursue its due course when he visited Santiniketan to study at Kala Bhavan, the art faculty of Visva Bharati University in 1944 under the mentorship of Nandalal Bose, Benode Behari Mukherjee and Ramkinker Baiji. Subramanyan studied there till 1948.

 

K.G Subramanyan became a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts in M.S. University, Baroda in 1951. He also attended the Slade School of Art in London in 1956 as a British Council scholar. In 1966, Subramanyan travelled to New York as a Rockfeller Fellow where he painted on smaller canvases due to paucity of space, something that led him to experiment with diptychs and triptychs . In 1980, the artist came back to Santiniketan , a sort of symbolic return to his roots. He taught painting at Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University till his retirement in 1989. He was appointed a Professor Emeritus of Visva Bharati University.

K.G. Subramanyan’s visual language integrates the art principles of European modernism with indigenous forms of folk expression in India. As an artist, he has explored a plethora of mediums. He dons many hats together, being known as a painter, muralist, sculptor, printmaker, set designer and toymaker.

The artist’s works from the late 40’s reflect the influence of his teachers at Santiniketan. He reverted to small scale works on acrylic sheet revisiting his favourite themes of brilliantly coloured interiors, domestic animals and brazen women. He further added elements of Christian mythology and contemporary politics to these works.

 

K.G. Subramanyan has received many illustrious awards including the Kalidas Samman in 1981, the Padma Shri in 1975 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.

 

The artist passed away in Baroda in 2016.

 

 

Education

 

  1955-56 British Council Research Fellowship to Slade School of Art, University of London

  1944-48 Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan

  1942-43 B.A.(Hons.) in Economics., Presidency College, Chennai

 

Selected Posthumous Exhibitions

 

  2018 'In the honeycomb of stories', Art Musings, Mumbai

  2017 Documenta 14, presented by Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata at EMST—National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2017 'K. G. Subramanyan: Drawings of Women', Nandan Gallery, Kala Bhavana, Visva-Bharti, Santiniketan presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata

  2015-16 'Sketches, Scribbles and Drawings by K. G. Subramanyan', presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata; Aakriti Art Gallery, Kolkata

  2015 'War of the Relics', Red Earth Art Gallery, Vadodara; Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

  2015 'About this and that....', Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara

  2015 'Sketches, Scribbles, Drawings by KG Subramanyan', presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata in association with Collage Communications FZC - UAE at Art at India House, Abu Dhabi; Sultan Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation, Dubai

  2014 'New Works by K.G. Subramanyan', presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata in association with Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi at the Government Museum & Arts Gallery, Chandigarh

  2014 'New Works', presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata at India Habitat Centre and Art Heritage, New Delhi

  2014 'New Works by K G Subramanyan', Red Earth Gallery, Vadodara

  2013-14 'Mythologies', on the eve of 25th Anniversary of Gallerie 88, Kolkata

  2010 Presented by Art Heritage at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

  2010 'The Drawings of K. G. Subramanyan', The Guild, Mumbai

  2010 'Bangladesh Drawings', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 Art Musings, Mumbai

  2009 'Magic of Making: Recent Artworks by K.G. Subramanyan', at Akar Prakar, Aakriti Art Gallery and The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata

  2009 Presented by Seagull Foundation for the Arts, in Collaboration with Nandan Gallery, Kala Bhavana, Kolkata

  2007 ‘The Painted Platters’, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 ‘The Magic of Making’, presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts at The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata and Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2006 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  2006 Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat

  2005 ‘Recent Paintings’, presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 ‘K.G. Subramanyan : A Retrospective’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Mumbai

  2003 ‘K.G. Subramanyan : Recent Paintings’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  2003 ‘Paintings in Enamel’, The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata

  2003 ‘Chairs: An Exhibition of Recent Work’, The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata

  2002 ‘Exhibition of Paintings by Prof. K.G. Subramanyan’, Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara, Gujarat

  2001 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  2000 ‘K.G. Subramanyan’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2000 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1999 The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata

  1999 Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi

  1999 ‘K.G. Subramanyan – Dissolving Contradictions’, The Window, Mumbai

  1998 ‘K.G. Subramanyan : Paintings and Drawings’, organized by Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata at Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1998 ‘A Recent Series of Large Paintings by Prof. K.G. Subramanyan’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1998 ‘K.G. Subramanyan : Paintings and Drawings’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 Nazar Gallery, Vadodara, Gujarat

  1997 ‘K.G. Subramanyan’, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1994 ‘Exhibition of Paintings by K.G. Subramanyan’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1994 ‘K.G. Subramanyan Recent Works’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1993 ‘Exhibition of Paintings by K.G. Subramanyan’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1992 ‘K.G. Subramanyan, Exhibition of Paintings’, Sakshi Gallery, Synergy Art Foundation, Bangalore and Chennai

  1992 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1991 ‘Exhibition of Paintings by K.G. Subramanyan’, Kala Yatra and Sista’s Art Gallery, Bangalore, Karnataka

  1990 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1990 Gallery 7, Mumbai

  1990 CCA Gallery, New Delhi

  1989 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1989 ‘Of Myth and Fairy Tale, Recent Works- K.G. Subramanyan’, Seagull Foundation and Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1988 ‘Exhibition of Acrylic Sheet Paintings’, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

  1986 ‘Exhibition of Acrylic Sheet Paintings’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1986 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1986 Gallery 7, Mumbai

  1986 Centre for Contemporary Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1985 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1984 ‘Retrospective’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1983 ‘Retrospective K.G. Subramanyan’, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1982 ‘Exhibition of Glass and Acrylic Sheet Paintings’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1982 ‘Exhibition of Glass and Acrylic Sheet Paintings’, Nandan Gallery, Santiniketan, West Bengal   1981 ‘Retrospective’, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

  1980 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1979 ‘Exhibition of Prints’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1978 ‘Exhibition of Terracotta Relief’s and Paintings’, Nandan Gallery, Santiniketan, West Bengal

  1978 ‘Exhibition of Terracotta Relief’s’, Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1972 ‘Exhibition of Terracotta Relief’s’, Kunika –Chemould, New Delhi

  1971 ‘Exhibition of Polytichs’, Kunika –Chemould, New Delhi

  1969 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1969 Kunika –Chemould, New Delhi

  1967 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1967 Gallery Navina, New York

  1966 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1962-63 Kunika Art Centre, New Delhi

  1961 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1959 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1958 Delhi Silpi Chakra, New Delhi

  1956 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1955 Delhi Silpi Chakra, Freemason’s Hall, New Delhi

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

  2013 'Edge of Reason- and beyond, into pure creativity', presented by Indian Art Circle at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  2013 'Still Life', Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi

  2012 'Diva', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 'Contemporary: A Selection of Modern and Contemporary Art', prsented by Sakshi Gallery at The Park, Chennai  2011 'Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata

  2011 'The Art of Drawing', The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'Pause: A Collection', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  2011 'High-Light', presented by Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai at The Oberoi, Gurgaon

 2011 'Of Humour, Wit & Satire', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

  2010-11 'A Collection', Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

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

  2010 'Modern Folk: The Folk Art Roots of the Modernist Avant-Garde', Aicon Gallery, New York

  2009 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  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)

  2009 'Tracing Time', Bodhi Art, Mumbai

  2008 'Baroda: A Tale of Two Cities', (Part I), Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara, Gujarat

  2008 'X at the rate of Jehangir', presented by Art Musings at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2008 ‘Freedom 2008 : Sixty Years After Indian Independence’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2007 'Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India', National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai

  2006 ‘Shadow Lines’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Three Solo Exhibitions - K.G. Subramanyan, Manjit Bawa, Dhruva Mistry, organized by Sakshi Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Remembering Bhupen’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1996 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1996 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1994 Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1993 ‘Seven Contemporary Indian Painters’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1992 'Journeys Within Landscapes', organized by Sakshi Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1986 Grey Art Gallery, New York

Participations

  2014 'Ode to Monumental: Celebration, Visuality, Ideology', presented by Saffronart at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2013-14 'Transition', 20th Anniversary Show, Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata

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

  2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

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

  2010 'Master’s Corner', organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi

  2010 'Contemporary Printmaking In India', presented by Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'National Printmaking Portfolio', Marvel Art Gallery, Ahmedabad

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

  2008-09 ''Modern India', organized by Institut Valencià d'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 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless 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  2006-07 ‘Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi and Mumbai

  2006 ‘Cubism in Asia : Unbounded Dialogues’, The Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

  2005 ‘Cubism in Asia : Unbounded Dialogues’, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea

  2005 ‘Cubism in Asia : Unbounded Dialogues’, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

  2005 ‘Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India’, Queen’s Museum of Art, New York

  2004 ‘Edge of Desire: Recent Art in India’, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

  2002 Art South Asia, Manchester

  1998 ‘Tryst With Destiny: Art from Modern India 1947-97’, Singapore

  1996 ‘Chamatkara: Myth and Magic in Indian Art’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and London

  1996 ‘Contemporary Indian Paintings’, Sotheby’s, New York

  1995 ‘Seven Contemporary Indian Painters’, Gallery le Monde de l’Art, Paris, France

  1988 ‘Festival of India’, Tokyo, Japan

  1987 ‘Festival of India’, Moscow, USSR

  1987 Coup de Coeur, Geneva

  1987 Kala Yatra, Bangalore, Karnataka

  1986 ‘Indian Aert from the Chester and Davida Herwitz Family Collection’, Hood Museum, Hanover, Massachusetts

  1984 Kala Yatra, Bangalore, Karnataka

  1983 ‘Six Indian Artists’, Tate Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, London

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

  1982 ‘Six Indian Artists’, Tate Gallery, London

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

  1980 ‘Asian Artist’s Exhibition, Part II’, Japan

  1980 ‘Indian Art’, Washington DC, USA

  1980 ‘Indian Art Exhibition’, Tokyo

  1979 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

  1979 ‘Asian Artist’s Exhibition, Part I’, Japan

  1976 Mention Biennale, France

  1975 3rd International Triennale, New Delhi

  1971 ‘Indian Art’, Tehran, Iran

  1968 1st International Triennale, New Delhi

  1966 ‘Indian Art Exhibition’, Ghent, Belgium

  1965 ‘Art Now in India’, Lanig Art Gallery, Newcastle

  1965 Commonwealth Arts Festival, London

  1965 ‘Ten Indian Artists’, South East Asia

  1964 ‘Ten Indian Artists’, USA

  1964 Exhibition of Textile Paintings, Mural, Woven Hangings, New York World Trade Fair, New York

  1964 Tokyo Biennale, Japan

  1961 Sao Paolo Biennale

  1956 ‘Three Young Artists from Abroad’, Hitchin, UK

  1953 ‘Indian Art Exhibition’, USA   2016 'SKETCHES, SCRIBBLES, DRAWINGS by K. G. Subramanyan', Santiniketan, West Bengal

 

Honours and Awards

 

  2012 Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India

  2006 Padma Bhushan, Government of India

  2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  2004 Lalit Kala Ratna Puraskar, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee

  2001 Gana Krishti Puraskar, Kerala

  2001 Manaviyam Ravi Varma Award, Government of Kerala

  2000 Jadunath Sarkar Gold Medal, Asiatic Society, Kolkata

  2000 Abanindra Puraskar, Kolkata

  1999 Kala Ratna, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi

  1997 D. Litt (Honoris Causa), Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi

  1994 Shiromani Puraskar, Kolkata

 1993 Conferred Fellowship, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala

  1992 D. Litt (Honoris Causa), Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

  1991 Gagan – Aban - Puraskar, Visvabharati, Santiniketan

  1985 Fellow, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1980 Kalidas Sanman

  1977-78 Visiting Fellow, Kala Bhavan, Visvabharati, Santiniketan

  1975 Padma Shri, Government of India

  1968 Gold Medal, First International Triennale, New Delhi

  1966 Fellowship, J. D. Rockefeller III Fund, USA

  1965 National Award for ‘Studio’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1961 Maharashtra State Award

  1961 Medallion of Honorable Mention, Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil

  1959 Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1957 Governor’s Prize, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1955-56 British Council Research Scholarship to Slade School of Art, UK

 

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