Bhupen Khakhar

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Bhupen Khakhar

Bhupen Khakhar (1934 – 2003)


  • Born 10th March 1934 in Bombay (now Mumbai), India son of Parmanand and Mahalaxmi
  • Attends evening art classes 1952
  • BA in Economics, University of Bombay 1954
  • B.Com 1956
  • B.Com in Accounts and Auditing 1958
  • Attends evening art classes at Sir J.J. School of Art 1960-1961
  • Moves to Baroda 1962-1964, enrolls in two-year art criticism course
  • Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda,  MA in art criticism.
  • Groups shows, beginning at the Chemould, Bombay in 1963, and including Gallery One, London, Renwick, Washington, DC, Tate Gallery, London, Japan Foundation, Tokyo and many others to 2003
  • Returns briefly to Bombay 1964
  • Works as Chartered Accountant, Bharat Lindner, Baroda, half-time beginning 1964/65 to the 1980s
  • Solo shows, beginning in the Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay and including Vadehra in Delhi, Sarjan in Baroda, Knoedler Gallery, London, Gallery Watari, Tokyo,The Gate Foundation, Amsterdam and many others from 1965 to 2003.
  • Co-editor with Gulam Mohammed Sheikh of VRISHCHIK magazine, a literary, art review, 1969 – 1973
  • “Portrait of Shri Shankarbhai Patel near Red Fort,” painting, 1971
  • “Portraits of My Mother and My Father Going to Yatra,” painting, 1971
  • Death of his partner, Shankarbhai Patel, 1975
  • “Man With Bouquet of Plastic Flowers,” painting, 1976
  • Teaches at Bath Academy of Arts, Corsham, England, stayed with Howard Hodgkin, 1979
  • “The Weatherman,” painting 1979
  • “You Can’t Please All” painting 1981
  • Padmashree Award, Government of India 1984
  • “Seva,” painting, 1986
  • Group Show, Pompidou Center, Paris, 1986
  • Set of prints for two stories by Salman Rushdie, “Free Radio” and “The Prophet,” 1989
  • Writes and designs set for a play, “Mojila Manilal,” performed in Bombay, Baroda, Ahmedabad, 1989
  • Group Show, Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany, 1992
  • “Gallery of Rogues,”painting,  1993
  • Group Show, “Contemporary Art in Asia:  Traditions/Tensions,” Asia Society, New York, 1997
  • Poster for Gay Games, Amsterdam, Cultural Program, 1998
  • Tate Britain purchases “You Can’t Please All” 1998
  • Publication of book, PHOREN SOAP, story with etchings, 1998
  • Short stories published in Gujarati languages newspapers and literary review such as “Gadyaparva” [“Celebration of Prose”] He also did six covers for the review and at least one cover for another review “Kshitij” [ “Horizon”]
  • “Beauty is Skin-Deep Only,” painting, 2001
  • Publication of book of short stories in Gujarati,  MAGANBHAINO GUNDAR, 2001
  • Retrospective, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 6th June to 16 September 2002
  • Publication of book of water colors VISIT TO SRI LANKA, March 2003 (Baroda: Sarjan Art Foundation, 2003)
  • Last solo show, Sarjan Art Gallery, Baroda, 2003
  • Dies in Baroda 8th August 2003
  • “A Tribute to Bhupen Khakhar,” Tao Art Gallery, 8th – 28th August 2004, Mumbai
  • Retrospective, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, 4th to 26th November 2003
  • “Bhupen Among Friends:  A Tribute to Bhupen Khakhar by Friends:  Amit Ambalal, Jogen Chowdhury, Anju Dodiya, Atul Dodiya et al”  Gallery Chemould, Bombay 29 August 2005 – 5 September 2005



Hyman, Timothy, BHUPEN KHAKHAR,  (Ahmedabad and Middletown, NJ: Chemould and Mapin and Grantha, 1998).

Mehta, Naushil, “Capturing the Likeness:  Snapshots of the Artist with Friends,” in ATUL DODIYA: SCUPTURAL INSTALLATIONS AND PAINTINGS – SHRI KHAKHAR PRASANNA, Inaugural Exhibition at Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai, 2007.

Mirchandani, Usha, curator, BHUPEN KHAKHAR: A RETROSPECTIVE, (Mumbai:  The Fine Art Resource, 2003)

Bhupen Khakhar was a leading artist in Indian contemporary art. He was a member of the Baroda Group and gained international recognition for his work. Read More


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