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K.S. Kulkarni

Born in Karnataka in 1916, Krishna Shamrao Kulkarni qualified from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay in 1942. He worked as visiting Professor at the Delhi Polytechnic, Art Deptt. from 1945 to 1962. In 1948 he founded the Triveni Kala Sangam where he served as Director of the Art Department until 1968. In 1955, he was awarded the first of his three national awards and in 1958 he traveled through Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Brazil and came into contact with the Mayan and Inca civilizations which were to become an important influence in his work. In 1962, Kulkarni was elected to the General Council of the Lalit Kala Academy.

He had his first one-man show in 1945, organized by the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society. He held several solo shows in India and abroad from 1951 to 1994. He participated in International shows at Tokyo, Paris, New York, Venice, Sao Paulo and London. He was the recipient of National and International awards. He made a mural 200ft to 50ft at Moscow for an exhibition organised by the Govt. of India.

He was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Head of the Deptt. of Painting, Banaras Hindu University from 1967-69.

From 1969 to 1972, he worked as visiting Professor at the Skidmore College, New York. In 1984 he was chosen by the Govt. of India as the National Emeritus Professor for outstanding contribution in the field of art.

He drew his inspiration from the folk and primitive art be it Egyption, Indian, Mexican, Incan etc. He could work entirely within the Indian tradition with as much ease and consummate skill as he could adapt the mores of some of the Western Masters.

In his own words, "But, beyond the influence of Indian culture and its ethos, my horizons are universal. I am interested in the universalizing of the human spirit. My concepts are not regional or tribal-spiritual and material is the matrix of my creative intent. My art springs from within and flows from my perception of the rhythm of life around me in the global context."

“All creativity is linked within and without. In such a scenario, what one does is to discover from the conflicting forces of this relationship and conceptualise and perceive, through space, colour, texture and present these having digested the multi influences. The creative forces are as complex as life."

I am influenced by the Indian definition of Rajas, Satwa and Tamas. Like tension in stringed instruments, the tension in my work, creates its own music." 

The artist passed away in 1994.

Artwork for Sale

Untitled (Village Maiden)
by K.S. Kulkarni


21 X 30 inches