Prokash Karmakar (b. 1933)

Prokash Karmakar (b. 1933) Kolkata India

Works of Prokash Karmakar, a veteran artist from Bengal, are generally depictions of lush landscapes and femal...

AWARDS

2000 Abinendra Puraskar Award

1969-70 Fellowship for Study in France

EXHIBITIONS

1968,65,57 National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi"

1969-70 Fellowship for Study in France

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GETTING TO KNOW Prokash Karmakar (b. 1933)

Works of Prokash Karmakar, a veteran artist from Bengal, are generally depictions of lush landscapes and female nudes.

Unlike his contemporaries, there was a difference in the way he tried to express these travails. There was a tendency to metamorphose the nightmares into objects of fantasy, to escape the real into the surreal and dwell in complete physical abandon. Yet he was rooted in reality. 

His paintings radiate a calm, poetic exuberance and then also bring out, at other times, reflect the upheavals and turmoil of modern life. His female objects as well as his lavish landscapes are full-bodied and luscious, with an ethereal quality. The artist also 'tries to liberate' in what he sees a bird, a horse and more often in figures. 

The large-scale migration of people to Kolkata and its inability to cope up with this human Diaspora interested him. In this context, he painted the Refugees representing the marginalized sections of society. The protagonists inhabit a morbid and unreachable space entrenched in human suffering. Influenced by the works of Picasso and the classic impressionists, Karmarkar's work reflects the degenerating society and the confusion that prevails in India today. 

EDUCATION

  • 1953 Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata

EXHIBITIONS

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1976 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

1970 Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

1969-70 Fellowship for Study in France

1968,65,57 National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi"


Group shows

2008 Hues of Bengal, Gallery G and Janus Art Gallery

2008 Art from Bengal, Art Elements Gallery, New Delhi

2007 Signature Images, Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata

2007 Uninterrupted Journeys, Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi

2007 Tales of Textures, Art Elements Gallery, New Delhi

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

2006 Frames and Beyond, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

2006 Spectra, Gallerie Zen, Bangalore

AWARDS

2000 Abinendra Puraskar Award

1969-70 Fellowship for Study in France

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