Artist Profile
Profile of Krishen Khanna
 

Born in Lyallpur (now Faislabad, Pakistan), in pre partition India in 1925, Khanna studied at the Imperial Service College, Windsor, England, from where he graduated in 1940. His family moved to Shimla during the partition. In Lahore Khanna had attended evening classes at the Mayo School of Art. After arriving in India he took up a post with the Grindlays Bank and was placed in Mumbai. Once there Khanna was invited to join the Progressive Artists' Group with who he remained in active association for the rest of his time. In Mumbai he held his first major exhibition and sold his first painting to Dr. Homi Bhabha for the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Most of Khanna’s work is figurative; he chose to not explore the abstraction that most of his contemporaries were delving into. Bordering on the narrative, Khanna’s work captures moments in history, much like photographs do, but the artist’s technique is far from photo-realist. Khanna transfers his observations onto the canvas with spontaneity and exuberance, keeping the representational elements of his subject matter intact. The artist’s use of colour and his expressionist brushwork make the mundane rise to the challenge of the creative. Among his recent solo exhibitions are 'The Savage Heart' at Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008; Saffronart and Berkeley Square Gallery, London, in 2005; and ‘An Airing’ at Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2004. Recognizing his immense contribution to Indian Art, the Government of India has bestowed several honours upon him including the Lalit Kala Ratna from the President of India in 2004 and the Padma Shri in 1990. In 1964, Khanna was artist–in-residence at the American University, Washington D.C., and the next year, he won a fellowship from the Council for Economic and Cultural Affairs, New York following the travel grant they had awarded him in 1962. Krishen Khanna lives and works in New Delhi.



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Past Exhibitions (19)
Krishen  Khanna




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