- About The Artist
- COLLECTORS REVIEW
Prakash Karmakar (1933-2014) was born in Kolkata. By 1949, both his parents had passed away, forcing him to abandon his studies at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata. He joined the army for two years and then quit to work as a graphic design manager for a medical firm in Kolkata . The artist was a close friend of several poets. He would often sit with poet Shakti Chattopadhyay and while the latter wrote his poem, Karmakar would make his painting. Then, they would sell both their works together on street corners. The artist went on to form a group called the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1962, Karmarkar received a French Fellowship and he left to study in Paris.
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. He is best known for his landscapes and nudes, which are generally painted in vibrant colors with bold lines and intricate textures. His paintings reflect his perception and interpretation of nature (both orderly and chaotic), life (both rural and urban), and form (from soft to sharp), without reference to religion.
He has had several solo exhibitions in Kolkata, Paris, Switzerland, Holland, Germany & Delhi. Many group exhibitions have been held in Dilip Dasgupta's Studio in Kolkata, amongst other places.
- Hues of Bengal, Gallery G and Janus Art Gallery (2008)
- Art from Bengal, Art Elements Gallery, New Delhi (2008)
- Signature Images, Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata (2007)
- Uninterrupted Journeys, Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi (2007)
- Tales of Textures, Art Elements Gallery, New Delhi (2007)
- Drawing Show an Act of Art II, Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai (2006)
- Frames and Beyond, Nehru Centre, Mumbai (2006)
- Spectra, Gallerie Zen, Bangalore (2006)
Prakash Karmakar is the winner of the following awards:
- Abinendra Puraskar Award (2000)
- Biria Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata (1976)
- Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (1970)
- Fellowship for Study in France (1969-70)
- National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (1968, 1965, 1957)