S. DHANAPAL

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S. DHANAPAL

Born in Madras,Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India S. Dhanapal trained under sculptor-teacher D. P. Roy Chowdhury at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras. He specialised in line drawing and impressionistic water colours but eventually chose sculpture as his medium. Dhanapal studied ancient Indian sculptures for their thematic divisions, techniques, iconography and iconometry, studying in particular the grammar of Chola, Pallava as well as Mathura sculptures of the Gandhara School. Classical sculpture and folk art have both inspired Dhanapal’s art. Massive and robust, his sculptures retain the fullness of a three dimensional form. He has experimented with various metals, terracotta and wood with a great command over each medium. His sculptures explore varied themes, ranging from the biblical and mythology, to nudes, portraits and narratives. Dhanapal became principal of the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Madras, in 1972. In 1962, he received the national award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. Lalit Kala Akademi’s regional centre in Chennai held a retrospective exhibition of his works in 2001. In 2007, an exhibition of fifty-two drawings of this artist was held at noble Sage Art gallery in London.

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    Artist, Sculptor

  • Schooling / Education

    1935-40 Diploma in Painting, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, India - Studied under the tutelage of D.P. Roy Chowdury ( Sculpture ) 1978 Took part in the All India Artist's Camp at Srinagar, organised by J & K Akademi of Art and Language, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, India 1979 Participated in All India Artist's Camp, at Ooty, organised by the Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademi 1980 Took part in the Sculptor's Camp at Regional Centre, Chennai, India 1980 Artist's Camp at Tamil University, Thanjavur, India

  • Group Shows

    1945
    Contemporary Sculptures Exhibition, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Chennai, India

    1957
    National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1959
    Participated in International Art Exhibition, West Germany

    1962
    National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1962
    Commonwealth Art Exhibition, London, UK

    1972
    25 Years of Indian Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India

    1978
    Coimbatore, India

    1980
    Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Sculpture, Organised by Lalit Kala Akademi all over India

    1991
    The Madras Metaphor, Organised by Ebrahim Alkazi, Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi, India

    2013
    The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Solo Shows

    2001
    A Commemorative Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, Chennai, India ( 14 - 28 August )

    2006-07
    S. Dhanapal: The Draughtsman in the Sculptor, The Noble Sage, London, UK

  • Awards And Achievement

    1962
    National Award ( Christ and the Cross ), Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India

    1980
    Awarded Kalai Chemmal (Leader of Arts), Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu ( Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi ), Chennai, India

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    SELECT TEACHING & INFRASTRUCTURE-BUILDING ACTIVITIES
    1941-56
    Joins the Faculty of Fine Arts, Government School of Arts, Chennai, India

    1957-66
    Head of the Sculpture Department, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, India

    1961-68
    Appointed Vice President, South Indian Society of Painters

    1966
    Vice President, Artists' Handicrafts Association wherein the President was K.C.S. Paniker

    1966
    Founder Member, Cholamandal Artistsu2019 Village, Chennai, India

    1967-71
    Vice Principal, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, India

    1968
    President, South Indian Society of Painters

    1968
    Judge, selection of best pavillion, International Trade Fair, Chennai, India

    1968
    Selection and Judging Committee Member, National Exhibition of Art

    1972-77
    Principal, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennai, India

    1980-82
    Awarded a two-year fellowship by the Government of India, Department of Culture, New Delhi, in recognition of his contribution in the field of Fine Arts

    1980
    Fellowship conferred by Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademi

    1993
    Member Executive Board and General Council, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India

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    Chennai, Chennai district, Tamil Nadu, India

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