Arts can never be separated from the history of a nation. Just like history, arts developed along with the nation. When the country gets its independence in 1947, modern art techniques and ideas are introduced. Influenced by Western styles with blend of Indian themes, post-independence era Indian artists are creating exceptional works that contributes and shows the post-colonial identity of the nation. In this article below, we share five inspiring Indian artists of post-independence era as taken from this Emami Chisel page about Indian artists.
Maqbool Fida Hussain
Born in Pandharpur on 1915 and died in London on 2011, M.F Hussain was one of Modern Indian painter. Starting his career from being a billboard painter in Mumbai, he managed his way to the internationally known artist when he attended Indore School of Art and Bombay Landmark Events in 1948. Since then, Hussain has presented his paintings during solo or collaborative exhibition to many parts of the world, such as in Zurich, Prague, Rome, London, and New York. He was also Pablo Picasso’s special invitee at Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1973. Mainly self-taught painter, he was highly inspired by classic Indian mythology and history as depicted in his works.
Born in Kotliparahon on 1939, Jogen Chowdury is considered as one of most prominent Indian painter in the 21st century. As both of his parents were artists, Chowdury gains interest in arts since young age. He attended Government College of Art & Craft in Kolkata and was awarded scholarship to study in France afterwards. His remarkable works of art have brought him to hold solo and collaborative exhibition throughout the world, such as Japan, Paris, Berlin, Singapore, New York, London, and Hong Kong. Jogen Chowdury’s works are widely influenced by combination of expressive distortion and expansive sensuality painted in unbroken line.
Born in Jhelum on 1925, Satish Gujral is post-independence era artist. In 1939, he started his career when he studied applied art in Mayo School of Arts located in Lahore before he joined in Sir JJ School of Art. Despite his recurring sickness, he managed to get a scholarship to Mexico City, where he worked as Diego Rivera’s apprentice. During his career, Satish Gujral has organized exhibition to Montreal, Berlin, New York City, and Tokyo.
Francis Newton Souza
Born in Saligao on 1924, F.N Souza is Indian most important artist who founded Progressive Artists’ Group of Bombay. His public collections can be seen internationally in several big cities in the world, such as Birmingham, London, Melbourne, Texas, and Hyogo Japan. His works are characterized by dynamic, humanistic, and overt sensuality that represent battleground of beauty and corruption in the real world.
K G Subramanyan
Born in Kerala on 1924, K.G Subramanyan is an inspiring Indian artist. He was awarded research fellowship to Slade School of Art in London. Since then, he has presented his works in various biennale throughout the world, such as in Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Oxford, and Meguro. His works are characterized with unique perspective and dimensions of modern art.