His works were essentially a window to the worldview of his soul. With his subaltern origins and a childhood deeply influenced by Gandhian ideals, Ambadas Khobragade’s works were marked by a deep seated quest for the spiritual and a deliberate shunning of the orchestrated ornamentation prevalent in figurative works. Born in 1922 at Akola in Maharashtra, Ambadas Khobragade completed his Diploma in Fine Arts from the reputed Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay in 1952.
Ambadas developed a compelling style and technique with oil paint that complemented his powerful brush strokes on canvas. Colour played a very important role in his works and according to various critics, he let color only, to a large extent dictate the mood of the painting n an almost sublime way.
He was a part of an artists’ coalition, ‘Group 1890’ formed in Bhavnagar, Gujarat in August 1962. The group envisioned an idiom of modern Indian art based on Indian folk art and mysticism.
Ambadas’s art was always rooted in socio- political and philosophical beliefs. Infact, as he was deeply affected by the many socio-political and cultural churnings of the 1950’s and 60’s, he got attracted towards the idiom of abstract and non representational art.
Ambadas travelled to German and US with scholarships before eventually settling in Norway in 1972. He passed away there in 2012.
He has had shows abroad at Zurich, Copenhagen, Oslo, etc. His works are represented in National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi and various private collections in India and abroad.
1947-52 Diploma in Painting, Sir J. J School of Art, Mumbai
Graduate in Science, University of Nagpur
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2008 ‘Ambadas: Sublime Encounters/ 1965-2005- A Retrospective’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
2001 GalleriDobloug, Oslo, Norway
2001 Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
1998 KunikaChemould Gallery, New Delhi
1998 ‘Recent Paintings’, Gallery Chemould and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1997 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1997 ‘Recent Works’, University Art Gallery, California State University, Stanislaus, USA
1994 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi
1993 Gallery LMN, Oslo, Norway
1992 ‘Oil Paintings’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai
1991 Samas, Bhopal
1991 Samas, Indore
1991 Art Heritage, New Delhi
1989 Gallery Nicolaj, Bergen, Norway
1988 Modumkunstforening, Vikersund, Norway
1988 Festival of India, Japan, Takaoka Municipal Museum of Art & Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
1987 ‘Ambadas’, Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1987 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1985 Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
1985 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1981 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1979 Gallery Alana, Oslo, Norway
1977 Gallery Alana, Oslo, Norway
1976 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1976 Dhoomimal Gallery, New Delhi
1975 Kunstnerforbundet, Oslo
1974 Henning LarsensKunsthandel, Kopenhagen, Denmark
1973-75 Surya Gallery, West Germany
1973 Gallery Art, Zurich, Schwitzerland
1973 Konarak Gallery, New Delhi
1972 Gallery Coray, Zurich
1971 Gallery Negar, Tehran
1971 ‘Ambadas Recent Paintings’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1970 Coray Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1970 Konarak Gallery, New Delhi
1968-69 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1966 RB.LKA. 'Art now in India' New Castle, England & Ghent, Belgium
1965-70 KunikaChemould Gallery, New Delhi
1962 Triveni Gallery, New Delhi
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012 'One Eye Sees, the Other Feels', The Viewing Room, Mumbai
2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai
2008 'Frame Figure Field: 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Indian Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
2007 ‘Abstract Art’, Art Pilgrim, London
2006 'The Naked Line', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2006 ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
2005 ‘Abstract Contemporary Indian Art’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
2001 ‘Abstract Contemporary Indian Art’, Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
1999 Asker Kunstforening, Norway
1996 National Exhibition, Oslo, Norway
1995 ‘Indian Contemporary’, Japan
1994 ‘Drawing Show’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi
1970 ‘Art Today’, Ashoka Gallery, New Delhi.
1968 ‘Five Contemporaries’, New Delhi and Ahmedabad.
1967 ‘Twenty-five Years of Art in Bombay’, sponsored by Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
1967 ‘Contemporary Art in India and Iran’, sponsored by the Ben and Abie Foundation.
1964 ‘Art Now in India’, New Castle, England and Ghent, Belgium.
1963 ‘Group 1890’, group show inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
1960 ‘12 Young Painters’, New Delhi.
1951 Non- Representation Group Exhibition, 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 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008-09 'Paz Mandala', Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan
2005 ‘Manifestations III', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2004 ‘Manifestations II', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2003 ‘Manifestations', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
1976 Menton Biennale, France.
1967 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil
1965 Tokyo Biennale, Japan
Honours and Awards
1996 Stipend from BKS, Norway
1994 Stipend from BKS, Norway
1990-91 Artist-In-Residence, Bhopal
1986 Bienale Jury Member, Bhopal, India
1971 Guest Artist, invited by the Government of Iran
1971 Guest Artist, invited by the Government of USA
1968 Guest Artist, invited by the German Government
1963 National Award of the Lalit Kala Akademi for ‘Hot Wind Blows Inside Me’, New Delhi
1962 Founder Member, Group 1890 a group of 12 Artists
1956 Gold Medal, Annual Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, MumbaiBack to Artists View Artworks of Ambadas Khobragade