Achutan Kudallur

achuthan kudalkarAchuthan Kudallur (b. 1945) counted among the most respected Indian abstractionists.  A student of Madras Artclub (which functioned in the Government College of Arts  Chennai), he went on to win state Lalit Kala Academy award and later the National Lalit Kala Academy award too. A Malayalam writer who later shifted to abstract painting in search of a better medium for self expression, his abstracts throb with vitality and offer kaleidoscopic entertainments, at once exciting, energetic and yet emanates out of a tranquil core. Painting for Kudallur is not merely communication but communion with his colours. ‘Storytelling’, he once said, ‘does not necessarily make a picture’, elaborating on his evolution as a painter and his affinity to abstractionism. In 1991, he was commissioned by Air India and served as a commissioner for the 10th Indian International Triennial in 2001. he has held over twenty solo exhibitions in the last thirty years in all major Indian cities and extensively travelled abroad, participating in art camps and shows in  Kenya, Tanzania, Switzerland, New Zealand, UK, Russia, Turkey, Germany and so on. He has also participated in the 3rd Asian Art Biennale, Sukuoka Museum Japan. His works can be found among prestigious private and public collections as Wipro, Taj Group, National Gallery of Modern Art and Air India.