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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.

 

Education  

  1947-52 Diploma in Painting, Sir J. J School of Art, Mumbai

 Graduate in Science, University of Nagpur

NagpurCollegeofArt  

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

Participations

 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, Mumbai

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