K. G. Subramanyan (b.1924)

K.G. Subramanyan studied under the tutelage of Benode Behari Mukherjee,Nandalal Bose and Ramkinkar Baij at Santiniketan. He graduated from Kala Bhavan,Visva Bharati University. In 1955, he received a British Council Research Fellowshipto the Slade School of Art at the University of London. He is among the few artistswho have explored the possibilities of modern art from a different perspective,giving new dimensions to the human figure by making them appear more ascharacters from various myths and traditional narratives, populating a compositionquite the contrary. As an artist he is extraordinarily versatile, cherishing the facilityto work in diverse media, sizes, and techniques over a stylistic conformity to asingle medium, genre, size, technique, and manner of visualization.A prolific writer, scholar, teacher and art historian, Subramanyan creates fantasticalimages of wit and eroticism that are universal in their appeal, yet coupled with iconicsymbols drawn from Indian legends and folklore. The artist has also dabbled in glasspainting and toy making, even weaving, which is generally considered ‘artisanal’.Subramanyan has also illustrated as well as authored fiction for children.Since his graduation, Subramanyan’s work has been exhibited in over fifty soloshows, the most recent including those presented by Seagull Foundation for theArts in collaboration with Nandan Gallery at Kala Bhavana, Kolkata, in 2009; ‘ThePainted Platters’ at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; and ‘The Magic ofMaking’ at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, Kolkata, and RabindraBhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, also in 2007.


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