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|Yusuf Arakkal | b.1945|
There is an anguished being, disturbed, and in distress, somewhere deep inside me; a human being who yearns for a meaningful existence. It is the human presence that arouses my attention and stirs my creative inner space."
Yusuf Arakkal's early paintings were studies in abstract of the lives of the city dwellers. He used a profusion of bright colours to depict their situation. Later, his growing concern with social issues began to be reflected in his paintings. Arakkal, through his art, depicts the everyday life of the dispossessed, in urban areas - their poverty, helplessness, dismal living conditions and their stoicism in the face of tragedy.
In keeping with his partiality for somber shades, Arakkal employs earthy shades with an occasional dab of yellow or crimson. He concentrates on the texture of his canvases and gives them a grainy, rough surface, reminiscent of timeworn, peeling, cracked walls. Several of Arakkal's canvases focus on a solitary human in various poses. "The face, whether it is of a man or a woman, is mine, an observer, and alone. I have been painting this character for 20 years. I'm not bald, I'm not a woman, but I'm sure it's me".
He has held over 38 shows in Bangalore, Madras, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Mumbai and New Delhi. Internationally he has shown his works in London, France, New York, Honk Kong and Singapore. He received the Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1979 and in 1981, the Shiromani Kala Puruskar from the Government of India, in 1983, and the award of the Third Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1986. He currently lives and works in Bangalore.
Date Of Birth
1973 Diploma in Painting from Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat.
1980 Print-making at Garhi,New Delhi.
1987 Ex., 9th Biennale International de Sao Paulo Brazil
1986 Ex., 6th Indian International Triennale
1986 Contemporary Asian Art Show Seoul S.Korea.
1975 Solo Ex., Shows of paintings,sculptures,graphics,colleges and water-colours Bangalore,New Delhi,Cochin,Trivandrum,Calicut,Calcutta,Bombay and Madras.
1973 Ex., Max Mueller Bhavan,Allaince Francaise,National Academy of Art,Lalit Kala Studios-Garhi,British-Council,I.T.C , Windsor Manor Sheraton Kalapeetom-Cochin
1970 Ex., Dhoomimal Gallery New Delhi
1970 Ex., Cymroza Gallery Bombay
1969 Ex., The Gallery Madras
1969 Ex., Chitrakoot Calcutta.
Honours & Awards
1986 Special Award at the 3rd Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh
1983 National Award
1981 Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy Award.
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