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A A Almelkar

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About Artist

He started his career as a landscape painter. He painted impressionistic landscapes in bold style. He was influenced by the work of Walter Langhammer and N.S. Bendre. On the basis of the forms, concepts and color of medieval miniatures, he evoked his own style from 1955 onwards. The period of 1960 to 1970 displays the wonderful heights reached in his style. He painted Indian subjects with modern techniques and his works presents experimental attitude. Almelkar had created distinctive style of drawing and painting especially the eyes so predominantly as ton attract the attention of the viewer. His lines bold, rhythmic but sensitive and fascinating. His bright color combinations are fresh and pleasing and his color harmonies are varied, rich and precise.

Almelkar was rooted in the folk art tradition and took his inspiration from Ajanta's mural style. His water color works are striking for their depiction of rural life which he portrayed with great feeling . His eye for details, costume and manner gave his art a rich resonance. He achieved great harmony in expressing folk forms with a modern approach. He took great pains to study Adivasi art and incorporate it in his oeuvre. He used dynamic forms with rhythmic strokes and bright color schemes in thick impasto which resonated with vibrant energy. His art was very textured and he worked almost obsessively in this idiom. Among his most famous creations were "Fishermen", "Adivasi" and "Village Road". A large body of his work can be seen in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai.

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  • About Artist

    He started his career as a landscape painter. He painted impressionistic landscapes in bold style. He was influenced by the work of Walter Langhammer and N.S. Bendre. On the basis of the forms, concepts and color of medieval miniatures, he evoked his own style from 1955 onwards. The period of 1960 to 1970 displays the wonderful heights reached in his style. He painted Indian subjects with modern techniques and his works presents experimental attitude. Almelkar had created distinctive style of drawing and painting especially the eyes so predominantly as ton attract the attention of the viewer. His lines bold, rhythmic but sensitive and fascinating. His bright color combinations are fresh and pleasing and his color harmonies are varied, rich and precise.

    Almelkar was rooted in the folk art tradition and took his inspiration from Ajanta's mural style. His water color works are striking for their depiction of rural life which he portrayed with great feeling . His eye for details, costume and manner gave his art a rich resonance. He achieved great harmony in expressing folk forms with a modern approach. He took great pains to study Adivasi art and incorporate it in his oeuvre. He used dynamic forms with rhythmic strokes and bright color schemes in thick impasto which resonated with vibrant energy. His art was very textured and he worked almost obsessively in this idiom. Among his most famous creations were "Fishermen", "Adivasi" and "Village Road". A large body of his work can be seen in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai.

  • Academics

    1948 Govt. Diploma in Drawing & Painting, Bombay

    1935-40 Art Education in Nootan Kalamandir, Bombay, under Shri. G.S. Dandavatimath

    He was educated at Sholapur. Passed Intermediate Grade Drawing Examination from school

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    1954 One man show of his paintings, 'From Ashes to Life', Bombay

    Had in all 40 one man shows held in India and various other countries viz. Ceylon, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand etc



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    1966 National Art Exhibition of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

    1940 He started sending paintings for Bombay Art Society Annual Exhibition


    PARTICIPATIONS

    Participated in All India Exhibition at Calcutta, Delhi, Hyderabad, Madras, Amritsar, Mysore, Ahmedabad etc

  • Award & Recognition

    Received 20 Gold medals and 24 Silver medals

    1960 Received National Award

    Received a cash prize of Rs. 1,000 from the hands of Dr. Rajendra Prasad at the Second National Art Exhibition of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

    1955 Received the trophy of The Art Society of India for the best exhibit at their annual Exhibition

    1948 Won the Governor's Prize for the best water color painting at Bombay Art Society Diamond Jubilee Exhibition, Bombay

    1954 Gold medal from Bombay Art Society, for his painting 'Full Moon', Bombay

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