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Chandranath Acharya

Bangalore, India 5 Followers

About Artist

Chandranath Acharya, who was recently honoured with the VARNA SHILPI VENKATAPPA PRASHASTHI in Bangalore, has always held an expanded palette of creative endeavour: painting, printmaking, book cover designing and art d...

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Chandranath Acharya, who was recently honoured with the VARNA SHILPI VENKATAPPA PRASHASTHI in Bangalore, has always held an expanded palette of creative endeavour: painting, printmaking, book cover designing and art direction to award-winning films. As a celebrated magazine illustrator, he is credited to have provided a new direction and creative dimension to the fascinating art. Painting, according to Chandranath, is a way to enter, explore and express an inner world where things like sex, hunger, pleasure and fear of death are candidly exposed. Even as they throb with the excitement of realism and magic of surrealism, his images exemplify the external contours and internal stirrings of human relationships. The delicately refined lines are fluid in facade; yet, they possess the power to expose the sheer absurdity of events by which human emotions are constantly churned. Chandranath often uses the animal form in his paintings as inspired symbols to represent the human sentiment, passion and predicament. The structure, posture and carriage of the beasts not only create a curious setting but often correspond to the vigour and verve of human behaviour and conduct. Chandranath has the uncanny ability to tame the most ferocious monsters and flirt with angels. In an instance, he can also make even the most docile and domesticated pet shed its inhibitions and indulge in mischievous pranks. The lively playfulness and teasing joviality that are coloured with warmth and tenderness cannot but bring the canvases alive.

Chandranath has a remarkable gift in grasping intricate and complex human conditions and turning them into meaningful and charming visual statements. His keen sense of scrutiny and comprehension of thought and action often find expression in deliberately ambiguous and mischievous images. There is, however, never a dull moment or a discordant note in his work, even if he swaps his canvas with daring symbols and mocking metaphors. Merging fantasy with reality, dreams with desires, concern with compassion, the artist traverses many a trail that others may fear to tread.

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  • About Artist

    Chandranath Acharya, who was recently honoured with the VARNA SHILPI VENKATAPPA PRASHASTHI in Bangalore, has always held an expanded palette of creative endeavour: painting, printmaking, book cover designing and art direction to award-winning films. As a celebrated magazine illustrator, he is credited to have provided a new direction and creative dimension to the fascinating art. Painting, according to Chandranath, is a way to enter, explore and express an inner world where things like sex, hunger, pleasure and fear of death are candidly exposed. Even as they throb with the excitement of realism and magic of surrealism, his images exemplify the external contours and internal stirrings of human relationships. The delicately refined lines are fluid in facade; yet, they possess the power to expose the sheer absurdity of events by which human emotions are constantly churned. Chandranath often uses the animal form in his paintings as inspired symbols to represent the human sentiment, passion and predicament. The structure, posture and carriage of the beasts not only create a curious setting but often correspond to the vigour and verve of human behaviour and conduct. Chandranath has the uncanny ability to tame the most ferocious monsters and flirt with angels. In an instance, he can also make even the most docile and domesticated pet shed its inhibitions and indulge in mischievous pranks. The lively playfulness and teasing joviality that are coloured with warmth and tenderness cannot but bring the canvases alive.

    Chandranath has a remarkable gift in grasping intricate and complex human conditions and turning them into meaningful and charming visual statements. His keen sense of scrutiny and comprehension of thought and action often find expression in deliberately ambiguous and mischievous images. There is, however, never a dull moment or a discordant note in his work, even if he swaps his canvas with daring symbols and mocking metaphors. Merging fantasy with reality, dreams with desires, concern with compassion, the artist traverses many a trail that others may fear to tread.

  • Academics

    1981 Post Diploma in Graphics, Santiniketan

    1973 Diploma in Painting & Drawing, Karnataka

  • Exhibitions

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2009 Artists Word At Chitrakala Parishath

    2009 Big Dream Group Show, Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

    2009 Indian Harvest Group Show, Singapore, Crimson Art Resource

    2008 Furniture On Canvas

    2006 Art And The City At Venkatappa Art Gallery

    1997 Hebbar Festival, Bangalore

    1997 Renaissance Gallery, Bangalore

    1997 50 Years of Independence Exhibition

    1994 All India Exhibition in Aid of Earthquake Victims, Bhopal

    1992 Kaleidoscope Exhibition, Windsor Manor, Bangalore

    1992 Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

    1990 Pira / RSA Design Conference, London

    1986 Print Exhibition Festival of India, U.S.A

    1986 Karnataka Group Show, Kala Yatra, Sista’s Gallery, Bangalore

    1984 National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    1983 National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    1983 2nd Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh

    1980 Regional Centre Exhibition, Chennai

    1980 National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    1979 National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    1979 Regional Centre Exhibition, Chennai

    1979 to 2000 Seven One Man Shows and 29 Group Shows at Bangalore, Udupi, Calcutta, New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai in India


  • Award & Recognition


    2011 ‘Varna Shilpi Venkatappa’ Prashasthi

    2010 Kaladhyan Prashasti, Bangaluru

    2008 Kannada Rajyotsava Award Government of Karnataka

    2007 Karnataka Kannada Writers and Publishers Sangha, Lifetime Achievement Award

    2007 Cash Award for Suvarna Karnataka Logo

    2007 Award for Suvarna Karnataka Stamp Design

    2004 Nadoja Hadapad Award, Bangalore

    2004 Bangalore Press Club Award, Bangalore

    1999 Bendre Smaraka Sangha, Bangalore

    1999 Vishwakarma Vidya Vardhaka Sangha, Puttur

    1998 Karnataka State Lalit Kala Akademi, Bangalore

    1997 Panaje Vidya Vardhaka Sangha, Puttur

    1981 All India Graphics Exhibition, Chandigarh

    1979 Karnataka State Lalit Kala Akademi, Bangalore

    1972 International Book Fair, New Delhi

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