Om Prakash | Biography | Life | Artworks
In fact, his work during the last four decades has undergone a remarkable series of transformations; from figurative works, portraits and landscapes initially, mostly in impressionistic or cubistic style to tantric and neo-tantric approach and lately to abstract expression.
Between 1967 and 1980, 0m Prakash had deviated from the visual beauty and mystery of nature towards the intricacy of the geometric form.
|OM PRAKASH: Intuitive Nature|
In the early 1980s, however, the female nude appeared in a series of paintings on Ragas, the musical modes, which recreated the bhava (expression).
It was a unique merging of a realistic motif, drenched with emotion, in a geometric environment.
Om Prakash has used his talents for the purpose of painting Ragas admirably. He has conceived the mood and the expression of different ragas in his own way and with his own feelings about them. I could see the Ragas in his paintings and therefore I think that they shall have a mass appeal.
They reveal an aesthetic richness of meaning through their complex means of subtle harmonies of colour and geometric form.
In his series of paintings, On Top of the Clouds, he has, however, broken the web of geometric formulation in favour of a more fluid approach.
|Shakti Mandala by Om Prakash|
To create sublime art, one must live in the abstract.
The apocalyptic skyscapes and the awe-inspiring sunsets which he witnessed from that altitude (from aeroplane windows) have provided him with a highly fantasised experience of the mystery and essence of nature.
Forms of fluffy clouds and serene rays of the setting the sun indeed enchant the mind. He has endeavoured to transfigure these experiences into glowing colours on his canvases.
Whether it is the symmetrical perimeter and concentric division of the pictorial space or an informal and spontaneous rendering of the illusion, 0m Prakash achieves his aim with great dexterity, without losing his individuality or the integral quality of his creativity.
“He looked at my paintings and said that he dug my freedom of doing what I wanted, while he was confined to work within his own formulations. He elaborated and told me that he felt like a prisoner surrounded by the high walls which were erected by himself. I said that I greatly admired him because he had found a way to express everything he wanted to, by formerly reducing his images to a rectangle – the least symbolically loaded form. I aspired then, to explore the capacities of a medium by taking it to its very extreme.”
1969 – National award for Painting of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi by the Honorable President of India. Several awards in State Exhibitions including First Prizes in Annual Art Exhibitions of the A.I.F.A.C.S., New Delhi. (1966, 1967, 1969)
2003 – Delhi State Award from the chief Minister of Delhi
Honorary membership of Russian Academy of Fine Art, Moscow
Life time Achievement Award by ART MALL, New Delhi in 2008
1951-1956 – Art Teacher, D.A.V School Paharganj, New Delhi
1956-1961 – Senior Art Teacher, Government Model School, Ludlow Castle, Delhi
1961-1981 – Head, The Art Department, the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
1981-1992 – Principal, College of Art, New Delhi
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