Prof. K. S. Kulkarni
Prof. K. S. Kulkarni(1916 - 1994)
Krishna Shamrao Kulkarni was born in 1916 in Karnataka, India. He did his diploma in mural arts in the 1940s and then completed his post graduation at Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai. He experienced many hardships during his childhood. His father died when he was eleven, so he was forced to paint signboards. Then in 1943, he went on to study textile design in Delhi..
Kulkarni’s art practice gradually creatively evolved from the established norm and was inspired by the decorative grace of the classical indian figures of Ajanta murals, Chola bronzes and the vitality of modernism. He combined the ancient and modern styles in his figurative works. His works were focused on the Indian figures encapsulated with movement. He played with the sensuousness of color and form to heighten the plastic potentiality of form.
One of his most famous series was a series of 200 vibrantly sensuous pen and ink drawings based on Khajuraho in 1947. Kulkarni’s extensive travels to South America made him inspire from Mayan and Etruscan arts and the simplicity in child art. His cityscapes are like a stack of blocks using bold outlines and strokes. Where the mundane scenes were turned into the vibrant focal spaces in his works.
In his contribution to Indian Arts, he founded two creative spaces, which includes Delhi Shilpi Chakra and Triveni Kala Sangam. In 1972, he also served as chairman at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow until 1978 and between 1973 and 1978 he served as a vice chairman at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
Kulkarni is a recipient of many national awards and his works were exhibited in India and abroad.