Style : Akbar Padamsee is a contemporary Indian artist and painter, considered one of the pioneers in Modern Indian painting along with Raza, Souza and M.F. Hussain. Over the years he has also worked with various mediums from oil painting, plastic emulsion, water colour, sculpture, printmaking, to computer graphics, and photography, as worked a film maker, sculptor, photographer, engraver, and lithographer. Pasamsee loved working with Chinese ink and incorporating it in the things he saw around . Today his paintings are among the most valued by modern Indian artists. His painting Reclining Nude was sold for USD 1,426,500 at Sotheby’s in New York on 25 March 2011.
About the Artist :
Born : 12 April 1928, Bombay.
Education : Padamsee was still a student at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Mumbai at the time when the Progressive Artists’ Group (PAG) announced itself on the Indian art scene in 1947. Historically, this is considered to be one of the most influential groups of modern artists to emerge in early post-independent India.
Shows and Exhibitions :
1953 and 1955 – He has participated exhibitions in Biennales – Venice.
1954 – His very first solo show was held at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.
1959 – Sao Paulo and Tokyo;
1967 – A solo exhibition of his paintings was held at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Canada.
1980 – A retrospective of his work was organized by the Art Heritage Gallery, in Mumbai and New Delhi.
1981 – Museum of Modern Art, Oxford;
1982 – Royal Academy of Arts, London;
1985 – National des Arts Plastiques, Paris.
1962 – Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship (Lalit Kala Ratna) by the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
1965 – Fellowship by the J.D. Rockefeller IIIrd Fund.
1967 – Artist in Residence, Stout State University, Wisconsin
1969 – Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship
1997 – Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh Government for Plastic Arts
2010 – Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour by the government of india.