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Prokash Karmakar

(1933 - 2014) Born in Kolkata, West Bengal, in 1933, Prokash Karmakar is an Indian artist known for his landscapes and nudes painted in vibrant colours and intricate textures. He attended the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Kolkata briefly due to financial troubles and joined the army for two years before quitting to pursue painting full time. In 1954, he began exhibiting his paintings in India's annual expositions, and by 1957 started receiving recognition for his watercolour works. He also began holding street exhibitions, notably the pavement show on the railings of the Indian Museum in Calcutta in 1959 that catapulted him into the limelight. The artist went on to form a group called the Society of Contemporary Artists in 1962, but the group separated after five years. By then, Karmarkar had received a Fellowship and left to study in Paris. In 1968, he won the Lalit Kala Akademi national award. Most recent exhibitions include The Sixties Show, DAG Modern, New Delhi (2019); The Seventies Show, DAG Modern, New Delhi (2019); The Sixties Show, DAG Modern, Mumbai, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai (2020). The artist passed away in February 2014. Alternative name: Prakash Karmarkar

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