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Prabhakar Kolte View Artworks of Prabhakar Kolte Back to Artist

Prabhakar Kolte was born in 1946 and received his Diploma from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai in 1968. He also taught there between 1972 and 1974.

His early works show a strong influence of Paul Klee, the Swiss artist and teacher whose child like figures belie the sophistication of his richly textured surfaces. Kolte’s abstract layering with paint echoes cityscapes where the signs and textures give a glimpse into his modernist cosnciosuness. His early works are characterised by a single, dominant colour in the background , on which lighter and more complex geometric or organic forms are juxtaposed.

The artist has a number of solo shows to his credit. He has participated in many important group exhibitions including ‘Art – Mosaic-celebration of Calcutta’s Terecentennary’, Calcutta and Mumbai ( 1990 ), ‘Wounds’, CIMA Gallery, Calcutta ( 1993 ), ‘Parallel Perceptions’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai ( 1993-1994 ), ‘w=Watercolours : A Broader Spectrum – II’, Mumbai ( 1995 ), ‘Three Artists’, Hong Kong  ( 1995 ) and Galerie Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam ( 1996 ); ‘Six Indian Painters’ curated by Geeta Kapur at Toto grad, Yugoslavia, Ankara and Instanbul ( 1985 ).



  1964-68 Diploma in Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2007 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2006 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 Galerie 88, Kolkata

  2002 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2001-02 Galerie Muller and Plate, Munich, Germany

  2000 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

  1999 Admit One Gallery, New York

  1998 Art Heritage , New Delhi

  1997 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi

  1996 Galerie Foundation for Indian Artist, Amsterdam

  1993 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1992 Art Heritage, New Delhi

  1991 Sakshi Gallery, Chennai and Bangalore

  1990 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1987 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1984 Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai

  1983 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1978 Indo-German Cultural Society, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibitions

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

  2013 'Nothing is Absolute: A Journey through Abstraction', The Jehangir Nicholson Gallery at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai

  2012 'One Eye Sees, the Other Feels', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

  2011 'Adbhutam: Rasa in Indian Art', Centre of International Modern Art(CIMA), Kolkata

  2011 'Between Seasons', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

  2011 'Form and Formlessness', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

  2010 'Masters of Maharashtra', collection from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi at Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai

  2010 'Essential, Eclectic,...Ephemeral', The Harrington Mansions, Kolkata

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

  2009 'Deep In Black', Galerie Muller and Plate, Munich

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

  2007 ‘The Workshop’, India Fine Art, Mumbai

  2007 ‘Body Mind Soul’, organized by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat centre, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Abstracts, Rupa – Arupa’, organized by Galleria, Mumbai at Museum Gallery, Mumbai and Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Does Size Matter’, Art Konsult, New Delhi

  2007 ‘Colors of Art’, Presented by Galerie Sara Arakkal and Gallery Art Resource Trust at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2007 Studio Confluence, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Synchrome’, Akar Prakar, Kolkata

  2005 ‘Unarticulated Parallels in Contemporary Indian Art’, Art Pilgrim, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Gray: Exhibition of Contemporary Art’, Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata

  2005 ‘Papyri : Works on Paper’, Alekhya, Baroda

  2005 ‘Still Waters Run Deep’, Hacienda Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Towards Abstraction’, Threshold Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Indian Contemporary Painting’, Aryan Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Bridge’, Art Alive, New Delhi

  2005 ‘Concepts and Ideas’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  2005 ‘Still Life’, Art Motif, New Delhi

  2004 ‘Summer 2004’, C.I. Art Palette, New Delhi

  2004 ‘Image and Imagination’, Gallerie 88, Kolkata

  2001 ‘Modern Indian Art’, organized by Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York

  1997 ‘Chamatkar’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata, Whitley’s Art gallery, London

  1996 Christie’s Auction, London

  1996 ‘Highlights’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1996 ‘Three Artists’, Maya Gallery, Hong Kong

  1996 ‘Five Artists’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1996 ‘Perspecta’, Galerie 88, Kolkata at Oberoi, New Delhi

  1995 ‘Water Color- Broader spectrum, II’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1995 Autumn Exhibition’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

 1995 ‘Bombay- A Tribute to City’, organized by RPG Enterprise, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1994 ‘Fantasy’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1994 ‘Hinged by Light’, Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1994 ‘100 Years of Indian Art’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1994 ‘Trends and Images’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1993-94 ‘Parallel Perceptions’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai and Pune

  1993 ‘Wounds’, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1991 ‘The Rimbaud-91’ Exhibition of Contemporary India Art, Hommage to French Poet Arther Rimbaud, Alliance Francaise, Chennai

  1991 ‘Contemporary Artist from SAARC Countries’, organized by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1990 ‘Six Bombay Artists’, CMC Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 ‘Artistic Riot’, Sophia Gallery, Mumbai

  1990 ‘Gadyaparva’, Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1990 ‘Art Mosaic’, Celebration of Kolkata’s Tercentenary

  1989 ‘Teachers Exhibition’, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai

  1988 Centenary Exhibition of Bombay Art Society, Mumbai

  1979 ‘Twenty Artists’, Alliance Francaise, Mumbai

  1975 ‘Five Artists’, Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1975,86 Contemporary Art in Maharashtra, organized by Directorate of Art, Maharashtra at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1974 ‘Astitva’, organized by Organization of Contemporary Artists, Max Muller Bhavan, Mumbai

 1973-74 ‘Five Colleagues from Sir J.J. School of Art, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

 1972 ’25 Years of Independence’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

Joint Exhibitions

  2005 ‘As Within So Without’, with Ganesh Haloi, Art Musings, Mumbai


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

  2010 'Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai', Nehru Centre, Mumbai

 2008-09 ‘Expanding Horizons: Contemporary Indian Art’, Traveling Exhibition presented by Bodhi Art at Ravinder Natya Mandir, P.L.Despande Kala Academy Art Gallery, Mumbai; Sant Dyaneshwar Natya Sankul Art Gallery, Amravati; Platinum Jubilee Hall, Nagpur; Tapadia Natya Mandir Sports Hall, Aurangabad; Hirachand Nemchand Vachanalay’s, Solapur; Acharya Vidyanand Sanskrutik Bhavan, Kolhapur; PGSR Sabhagriha, SNDT, Pune; Sarvajanik Vachanalaya Hall, Nasik

  2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi

  2007 17th Anniversary Show, Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata

  1995,2001 ‘Festival of Perth’, Australia

  1995 ‘Print Biennale’, Roopankar, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  1990 22nd International Festival of Paintings, Conges Sur Mer, France

  1984,86 Biennale of Roopankar, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  1986 6th Triennale India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1973-86 National Exhibitions of Lalit Kala Aademi, New Delhi

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