Thursday 30 June 2016

Renowned modern artist K G Subramanyan passes away

Renowned sculptor and painter KG Subramanyan passed away in Vadodara, Gujarat following a brief illness. He was 92. He was multifaceted artist credited with being one of the pioneers of Indian modern art and was also a freedom fighter. About K G Subramanyan Born in 1924 in Kerala. He was a socialist and Gandhian throughout his life. In his career as an artist spanning over six decades he had been a
painter, sculptor, muralist and print maker besides an author of children’s books. He was renowned for his terracottas, outdoor murals and toys and also experimented with weaving. In the 1970s, he began experimenting with reverse painting. It was an 18th century craft tradition where a rtist paints on a sheet of glass and reverses glass to view the final image. He was also an art historian and his works forms a significant document of Indian art history. He was a professor at various times at Faculty of Fine Arts at MS University, Baroda and also in Kala Bhavan (Santiniketan) from where he retired in 1989. During freedom struggle he was actively involved and underwent imprisonment for a short period during the Quit India movement. Awards and Honours: Padma Vibhushan (2012), Padma Bhushan (2006) and Padma Shri (1975).

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