Artist Profile
Profile of Bhupen Khakhar

I have chosen homo-eroticism as a theme because I am gay. What is happening in India – social rejection – did happen once in countries like USA and Europe. The police in all societies have beaten up gays and lesbians. But now they have been accepted by society. For me, there is nothing unnatural about homosexuality." Bhupen Khakhar was born in Bombay in 1934. He is a self- taught artist, having qualified as a chartered accountant before moving to Baroda in the year 1962 to join the Art Criticism course at the Faculty of Fine Arts. It was here that he started painting and became involved with the seminal Narrative Figurative movement Khakhar received international acclaim as an artist much before he got recognition in India, when British artist Howard Hodgkin helped him organize a solo exhibition in the late 1970s. Among his inspirations, the painter counts British artist David Hockney. Like Hockney's work, Khakhar's own initial paintings revolved around the everyday, 'insignificant man' trapped in an unremarkable existence. Solo exhibitions of the artist’s work include ‘A Retrospective’ organized by the Fine Art Resource at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, in 2003; and exhibitions at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi in 2002; Optica Gallery, Montreal, and Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, in 2001-02; the Fine Art Resource, Berlin, in 1998; the Gate Foundation, Amsterdam, in 1998; Gallery Ka-Eins, Frankfurt, in 1993; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai, in 1991; Gallery Watari, Tokyo, in 1986; Knoedler Gallery, London, in 1983; Hester van Royen Gallery, London, in 1979; and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1965. The artist was awarded by the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1984. Bhupen Khakhar passed away in 2003.

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Bhupen  Khakhar