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K G Subramanyam



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    Exhibitions  2014 'New Works', presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata at India Habitat Centre, 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   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 K.G. Subramanyan is among the few artists who have explored the possibilities of modern art from a different perspective, giving new dimensions to the human figure by making them appear more as characters from various myths and traditional narratives, populating a composition quite the contrary. As an artist he is extraordinarily versatile, cherishing the facility to work in diverse media, sizes, and techniques over a stylistic conformity to a single medium, genre, size, technique, and manner of visualization. A prolific writer, scholar, teacher and art historian, Subramanyan uses his in-depth knowledge of various artistic traditions to create fantastical images of wit and eroticism that are universal in their appeal, yet coupled with iconic symbols drawn from Indian legends and folklore. Subramanyan has time and again aimed at blurring the boundaries between art and the artisan. The artist has also dabbled in glass painting and toy making, even weaving, which is generally considered ‘artisanal’. Even in his written works, the exploration of art as a language or means of communication is a recurring theme. Subramanyan has also illustrated as well as authored fiction for children. Born on 15 February, 1924, in Kerala, Subramanyan studied under the tutelage of Benode Behari Mukherjee, Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij at Santiniketan. He graduated from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, there in 1948 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the Presidency College in Chennai. In 1955, he received a British Council Research Fellowship to the Slade School of Art at the University of London. Since his graduation, Subramanyan’s work has been exhibited in over fifty solo shows, the most recent including those presented by Seagull Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with Nandan Gallery at Kala Bhavana, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘The Painted Platters’ at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; and ‘The Magic of Making’ at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata, and Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, also in 2007.

K G Subramanyam

    • Lives and Works :
    • Baroda
    • Education :
    • Kala Bhavan - Vishwa Bharti University


Artist Statement

K.G. Subramanyan is among the few artists who have explored the possibilities of modern art from a different perspective, giving new dimensions to the human figure by making them appear more as characters from various myths and traditional narratives, populating a composition quite the contrary. As an artist he is extraordinarily versatile, cherishing the facility to work in diverse media, sizes, and techniques over a stylistic conformity to a single medium, genre, size, technique, and manner of
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Artist Biography

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    Exhibitions  2014 'New Works', presented by The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi 2014 'New Works by K G Subramanyan', Red Earth Gallery, Vadodara 2013-14 'Mythologies', on the eve of 25th Anniversary of Gallerie
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