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Achuthan Kudallur

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About Artist

Achutan Kudallur the Kerala born, Chennai based artist, holds a diploma in Civil Engineering. Moreover, to start out he wanted to be a writer. Later, the canvas and its colours drew him towards serious painting. The artist grew up in an atmosphere charged with Gandhian values, the writings of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. His values and views are well depicted in some of his paintings, which are a joyous, riotous spread of colours. And yet some are melancholic, even tragic.

For Achutan, painting is not a dialogue or a conversation, but a communion with colour. His works display a remarkable economy of style and grace. His paintings are of a non-figurative style and the medium he uses is oil. Achutan's art is exciting, energetic, yet tranquil.

Besides being rated as one of the India's topmost artists, Kudallur has a huge collection of portrait and illustrations for his own stories, which have been published in prominent fortnightly magazines.

A recipient of the National Academy Award and Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademi Award, the artist is a widely travelled person. Apart from sixteen solo shows all over India, sponsored by major art galleries and institutions, he has been part of most important juried and curated group exhibitions, such as Sothebys India sale in London, New South Delfina Gallery, London, Homage to Arthur Rimbaud in India and France and Heart Intuitive Logic Exhibition.

He has had several institutional commissions including Air India, Mumbai. His works are in several individual and institutional collections like the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Air India, Glenberra Musuem, Japan, and with other collectors in India and abroad.

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  • About Artist

    Achutan Kudallur the Kerala born, Chennai based artist, holds a diploma in Civil Engineering. Moreover, to start out he wanted to be a writer. Later, the canvas and its colours drew him towards serious painting. The artist grew up in an atmosphere charged with Gandhian values, the writings of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. His values and views are well depicted in some of his paintings, which are a joyous, riotous spread of colours. And yet some are melancholic, even tragic.

    For Achutan, painting is not a dialogue or a conversation, but a communion with colour. His works display a remarkable economy of style and grace. His paintings are of a non-figurative style and the medium he uses is oil. Achutan's art is exciting, energetic, yet tranquil.

    Besides being rated as one of the India's topmost artists, Kudallur has a huge collection of portrait and illustrations for his own stories, which have been published in prominent fortnightly magazines.

    A recipient of the National Academy Award and Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademi Award, the artist is a widely travelled person. Apart from sixteen solo shows all over India, sponsored by major art galleries and institutions, he has been part of most important juried and curated group exhibitions, such as Sothebys India sale in London, New South Delfina Gallery, London, Homage to Arthur Rimbaud in India and France and Heart Intuitive Logic Exhibition.

    He has had several institutional commissions including Air India, Mumbai. His works are in several individual and institutional collections like the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Air India, Glenberra Musuem, Japan, and with other collectors in India and abroad.

  • Academics

    Self taught artist

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2010 'Black is Beautiful', India Fine Art, Mumbai

    2009 'Indian Harvest', presented by Crimson- The Art Resource, Bangalore at SG Private Banking, Singapore

    1995 British Council Division, Chennai

    1983 Alliance Francaise Art Gallery, Chennai

    1981, 86, 88, 93, 2003 Jag, Mumbai

    1979, 80 LKARC, Chennai

    1977 MMB, Chennai

    Has held numerous shows at Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and all over India, sponsored by major art galleries and institutions.



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2009 ‘Deep In Black’, Galerie Muller and Plate, Munich

    2007 Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

    Legacy Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2006 ‘Chennai Excite’, The Noble Sage Art Gallery, London

    1999 South Indian Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Dubai

    1998 Gallery Maya, London

    1997 Mareechika Art Gallery, London

    Sotheby’s Indian Art Sale, Gallery Sidhartha, Kathmandu

    1996 ‘Madras and Emotion’, Values Art Foundation, Chennai

    The New South Delfina Gallery, London

    1995 Maya Art Gallery, Hong Kong

    1993 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1992 Arts Acre Invitees, Kolkata

    Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata

    ‘Contemporary Indian Art’, France

    1990 Sakshi Gallery, Chennai

    1989 Third Asian Art Show, Fukowa, Japan

    Nehru Centenary, Prague, Czechoslovakia

    1982-89 National Exhibition, New Delhi

    1979 Lalit Kala Academy, Karnataka

    1976, 77, 74 Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata

  • Award & Recognition

    2001 Served as the Commissioner for the X Indian International Triennial

    1988 National Academy Award

    1982 Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Academy Award

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