K.K.Hebbar 1912-1996

K.K.Hebbar | Biography | Life | Paintings


KK Hebbar had, from the very beginning of his illustrious career (in the 1940s), been depicted in his works the subjective aspects of poverty, hunger, and imperfection. He had recently come to a point where a certain calmness and gracefulness seem to permeate his artistic expression.

According to him, he tried to bring out the active life-spirit within India’s rustic village folk, the poor and the ordinary people of his surroundings.

He arrived at a point in life when tranquillity and detachment prevail in his works, promoting the possibility of inward contemplation and search.

The expression of reality with utmost simplicity had been his aim throughout, and calmness and quietude helped his creation.

Hebbar’s paintings and drawings reveal his basic preoccupation with discovering the rhythmic significance of form, be it a simple drawing or elaborately formulated paintings regardless of its subject matter. 

His art, however, encompasses a range of contradictory tendencies. Although his pictures often appear as if created spontaneously and with ease, there is hard work behind each creation.

While Hebbar drew upon visible realities, he was bold enough to take great liberties with color and a conventional perspective.

The broad areas of color and texture are superimposed by continuous patterns of lines over the surface (as in his Festival in a Slum thereby contradicting the illusion of depth. At times, he simplifies to the point of abstraction, yet retains the representational ance, the vestiges of recognizable forms. 

This delicate balance of contradictionary element creates a pleasurable tension that gives Hebbar’s art its distinctive charm. He, of course, looked to the advance artists of the preceding generation in the West no less than his own inherited traditions, to find new ways of picturing the world.

For instance, His ‘Flood” depicting devastating, surging waves and the horizontal floating tree- a symbol of hope for the man holding on to it- is a fine example. 

The animation is provided by the use of line over the impulsive markings of intense color, resulting in a dazzling effect of vibrating light. In one of his more recent works, ‘Victims” Hebbar seems to have restlessly moved towards abstract expressionism.

He has filled every part of the canvas with rich tones of color and violently pulsating patterns of spontaneous brushstrokes that tell a story of horror. 

His studies of the human figure in minimal rhythmic lines are a remarkable complement to his paintings, suggesting a feeling of weight and volume of sculptures.

Hebbar’s art is all about balance, purity, and serenity. He has traced the progression of his imagery from the academic to near-abstraction in works generated by his intense feeling for his environment. ‘I seek to find myself and follow it wherever it leads me’. He once said. 


Tulsidas: Hebbar’s Narration in Lines

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