K. G. Subramanyan

Indian, 1924–2016

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K. G. Subramanyan

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Indian, 1924–2016

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Kalpathi Ganpathi Subramanyan was born in Kerala 1924, he studied under the tutelage of Benode Behari Mukherjee, Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij at Santiniketan. He graduated from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University in 1948 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Presidency College in Chennai. He was one of the leading artists who was a part of India’s post-independence search for identity through art. A man of multifaceted aptitudes, Subramanyan demolished banners between artist and artisan. He experimented with weaving and toy-making. He also reinvested several mediums earlier used in Indian art. For example, the terracotta mural and glass painting found a new lease of life with his experiments.

A painter, sculptor, muralist, writer, scholar, teacher and art historian, K. G. Subramanyan was prolific in his art, spanning the spectrum of mediums from painting to pottery, weaving, and glass painting. He believed in the value of Indian traditions and incorporated folklore, myth and local techniques and stories into his work. As an artist, he gave the human figure a new dimension. Drawing upon the rich resources of myth, memory, and tradition, Subramanyan tempers romanticism with wit and eroticism.

A theoretician and art historian, Subramanyan has written extensively on Indian art. His writings have formed a foundation for the study of contemporary Indian art. He has received the Kalidas Samman in 1981, the Padma Shri in 1975, a D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta in 1992 and became a Fellow of Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 1993.

He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.

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Kalpathi Ganpathi Subramanyan was born in Kerala 1924, he studied under the tutelage of Benode Behari Mukherjee, Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij at Santiniketan. He graduated from Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University in 1948 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Presidency College in Chennai. He was one of the leading artists who was a part of India’s post-independence search for identity through art. A man of multifaceted aptitudes, Subramanyan demolished banners between artist and artisan. He experimented with weaving and toy-making. He also reinvested several mediums earlier used in Indian art. For example, the terracotta mural and glass painting found a new lease of life with his experiments.

A painter, sculptor, muralist, writer, scholar, teacher and art historian, K. G. Subramanyan was prolific in his art, spanning the spectrum of mediums from painting to pottery, weaving, and glass painting. He believed in the value of Indian traditions and incorporated folklore, myth and local techniques and stories into his work. As an artist, he gave the human figure a new dimension. Drawing upon the rich resources of myth, memory, and tradition, Subramanyan tempers romanticism with wit and eroticism.

A theoretician and art historian, Subramanyan has written extensively on Indian art. His writings have formed a foundation for the study of contemporary Indian art. He has received the Kalidas Samman in 1981, the Padma Shri in 1975, a D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) from the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta in 1992 and became a Fellow of Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 1993.

He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2012.

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