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Prakash Karmakar
Prakash Karmakar
Born:20th oct.1933

Education:
Govt. college of Art & craft, Kolkata

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.


Selected Exhibitions:
2008-'Hues of Bengal',Janues Art Gallery
2008-'Art from Bengal',Art Elements Gallery,New Delhi
2008-‘The Artecurate ‘, Mumbai Art Festival.
2007-'Signatures 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 & Beyond',Neheru Center,Mumbai
1968-65-67-National Art Exhibition, at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

Awards:
2000-He was a recipient of Abinendra Puraskar Award
1976- Awards from Biria Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata
1970- Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
1969-70 Fellowship for Study in France.

Style:
Large fish-shaped eyes are assets of Prakash Karmakar females by which he is often recalled. More so because his female are rendered askew with voluptuous curves, drunken stare and sometimes wantonly explicit erotic gestures. At one time, quite early in his life his demonic damsels, femmes fatales, or nudes with fleshy shapes of sensual bulge or dismembered limbs or focused genitalia became his signature images. His landscapes too with their piquant painterly refashioning of natural forms and by sheer force of their varied recurrence are currently a fresh subject-index of his style.