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  • Artist Name: Prokash Karmakar
  • Medium: Marker on Canvas
  • Size: 38 Inch X 30 Inch
  • Year: 2012
  • Status : In Stock
  • Product Code: BART-980594
  • Price: | 1 $
Artist Resume



Prakash Karmarkar came from an artistic family; his father was a renowned artist of his time. Unfortunately, all of his father`s paintings were destroyed in the Hindu-Muslim riots in the 1940s, which also ruined his family. 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. Virtually penniless and desperate for a break, in 1956, he held a street exhibition, the first in the city, hanging his works along a corner.


In 1957, Karmarkar participated in the national art exhibition held in New Delhi. Here, he received an award for his watercolor. By then, he had also begun holding more street exhibitions, which catapulted him into the limelight. 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. Karmarkar also worked in artist Nirode Mazumdar`s studio between 1964 and 67.


The artist went on to form a group called the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1962, but within five years of its inception, the group began to disintegrate. By then Karmarkar had received a French Fellowship and he left to study in Paris. As an artist, he is considered a revolutionary in the sense that he doesn`t exhibit in art galleries. All through his artistic career, he has always exhibited on street corners. He says, "I do not want my paintings to be imprisoned within four walls."


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.


Prakash Karmarkar lived and worked in Kolkata. He passed away on 25th February 2014.


October 20, 1933 Kolkata


February 25, 2014 Kolkata


1953 Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata


2008 'Hues of Bengal', Gallert G and Janus Art Gallery
2008 'Art from Bengal', Art Elements Gallery, New Delhi
2007 'Signature Images', Gallery Kolkata, Kolkata
2007 'Uninterrupted Journeys', Nitanjali Art Gallery, New Delhi
2007 'Tales of Textures', Art Elements Gallery, New Delhi
2006 'Drawing Show an Act of Art II', Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai
2006 'Frames and Beyond', Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2006 'Spectra', Gallerie Zen, Bangalore


2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore
2011 Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2011 Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
2008 The ArteCurate Mumbai Art Festival
1968,65,57 National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi


2000 Abinendra Puraskar Award
1976 Biria Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1970 Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
1969-70 Fellowship for Study in France
1968,65,57 National Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi


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