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K K Hebbar



Education 1949-50 Academy Julian (Painting) and Ecole Estinne (Graphics), Paris 1934-38 Diploma in Painting, Sir J, J. School of Art, Mumbai  Exhibitions  2013 'The Naked and the Nude:... Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011-12 'An Artist's Quest: K.K Hebbar- A Retrospective', at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore; New Delhi and Mumbai 2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum of Art, New York 2011 ‘Manifestations VI', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011 ‘Manifestations V', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2010 ‘Manifestations IV', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'Indian Art After Independence: Selected Works from the Collections of Virginia & Ravi Akhoury and Shelley & Donald Rubin', Emile Lowe Gallery, Hempstead 2009 'Bharat Ratna! Jewels of Modern Indian Art', Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2009 'Long Gone & Living Now', Gallerie Mirchandani + Steinreucke, Mumbai 2008 'Moderns', Royal Cultural Centre, Amman, Jordan organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in collaboration with Embassy of India, Amman, Jordan 2004 ‘Manifestations II : Indian Art in the 20th Century’, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 1999 ‘K. K. Hebbar – In Remembrance’, Fine Art Company, Mumbai 1997 ‘K. K. Hebbar – Paintings, Drawings, Publications’, organized by K. K. Hebbar Art Foundation, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai  Selected Solo Exhibitions 1993 ‘K. K. Hebbar – Exhibition of Paintings’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi. 1987 ‘Indian Drawing Today’, Jehangir Art Gallery,, Mumbai 1980 ‘K. K. Hebbar – Retrospective’, Jehangir Art Gallery,, Mumbai 1978 ‘Hebbar – Drawings and Paintings’, Jehangir Art Gallery,, Mumbai 1973 ‘Drawings and Paintings’, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS), New Delhi 1971 ‘Retrospective’, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1969 Bonythan Art Gallery, Australia 1964 New York. USA 1953 All India Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures, traveling to USSR, Poland and West Germany 1951 Salon de Mai, Paris 1950 London. 1949 Paris 1945 Mumbai 1941 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata  Participations 1959 Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil. 1958 National Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1957 National Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1956 National Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1955 Venice Biennale, Italy. 1947 Annual Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai Honours and Awards 1990 Maharashtra Shasan ‘Gourav Puraskar’ 1989 ‘Padma Bhushan’, by the President of India 1988 Maharashtra State’s Gaurav Puraskar. 1986 Karnataka State Rayotsava Award. 1985 Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademy Award for Distinguished Artists. 1980-84 The President of India nominated him the Chairman of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. 1983 Soviet Land Nehru Award. 1976 Honorary D. Litt. from Mysore University 1976 Fellowship, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1961 Padmasri, by the President of India. 1958 National Academy of Art Award for his work ‘Mahim Darga’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1957 National Academy of Art Award for his work ‘ Song of the Field’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1956 National Academy of Art Award for his work ‘Rhythm’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 1956 First Bombay State Art Award, Mumbai. 1954 Nominated as Eminent artist by the Lalit Kala Akademi in its first General Council meet. 1947 Gold Medal of the Bombay Art Society, Mumbai 1941 Gold Medal of the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata Hebbar’s idiom is a unique combination of impressionistic and expressionistic techniques. A strong social concern made him focus on subjects like poverty, hunger and the destruction wrought by nuclear weapons. At the other end of the spectrum lie his drawings and paintings that capture the grace of dance performances, influence by his study of the classical Indian dace form, Kathak. Throughout his career, Hebbar never ceased to experiment, and enriched his artistic vocabulary through several trips around the country, including those to important historical sites like the ancient caves at Karla, in Maharashtra. One of the sketches that resulted from this particular trip won him a gold medal from the Bombay Art Society. Hebbar always held that an artist's role was to tell the truth about his feelings without any dilution. Due to his opposition to the politicization of art, he was not a part of any of the many artist groups that thrived in India during the 1940s and 50s; and yet he played an important part in the organization of artists in Bombay, and was closely associated with the Jehangir and Chemould Art Galleries in the city.

K K Hebbar

    • Lives and Works :
    • Passed away in the year 1996
    • Education :
    • Sir J.j. school of art Mumbai


Artist Statement

Hebbar’s idiom is a unique combination of impressionistic and expressionistic techniques. A strong social concern made him focus on subjects like poverty, hunger and the destruction wrought by nuclear weapons. At the other end of the spectrum lie his drawings and paintings that capture the grace of dance performances, influence by his study of the classical Indian dace form, Kathak. Throughout his career, Hebbar never ceased to experiment, and enriched his artistic vocabulary through several tri
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Artist Biography

Education 1949-50 Academy Julian (Painting) and Ecole Estinne (Graphics), Paris 1934-38 Diploma in Painting, Sir J, J. School of Art, Mumbai  Exhibitions  2013 'The Naked and the Nude:... Selected Posthumous Exhibitions  2013 'The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art', Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2011-12 'An Artist's Quest: K.K Hebbar- A Retrospective', at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore; New Delhi and Mumbai 2011-12 'The Body Unbound', Rubin Museum
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