Achuthan Kudallur (B. 1945)
Achutan Kudallur the Kerala born, Chennai based artist, holds a diploma in Civil Engineering. Moreover, to start out he wanted to be a writer. The artist grew up in an atmosphere charged with Gandhian values, the writings of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda. His values and views are well depicted in some of his paintings, which are a joyous, riotous spread of colours. And yet some are melancholic, even tragic.
Besides being rated as one of the India's topmost artists, Kudallur has a huge collection of portrait and illustrations for his own stories, which have been published in prominent fortnightly magazines.
A recipient of the National Academy Award and Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademi Award, the artist is a widely travelled person. Apart from sixteen solo shows all over India, sponsored by major art galleries and institutions, he has been part of most important juried and curated group exhibitions, such as Sothebys India sale in London, New South Delfina Gallery, London, Homage to Arthur Rimbaud in India and France and Heart Intuitive Logic Exhibition.
He has had several institutional commissions including Air India, Mumbai. His works are in several individual and institutional collections like the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Air India, GlenberraMusuem, Japan, and with other collectors in India and abroad.