Shantkumar Hattarki was born in the village of Tambakwadi in Gulbarga, Karnataka, and completed his G.D. in Art with a specialization in Drawing and Painting from the Ideal Fine Art Institute (IFAI) in Gulbarga.
Hattarki’s art is strongly influenced by the rural setting that he grew up in. His acrylics on canvas are figurative paintings that usually depict scenes of merriment. Groups of men rendered in bright, joyous colours are normally portrayed dancing or with musical instruments. Their costumes and jewelry suggest festive finery and might point to ritual practices. Disregarding conventional proportions, Hattarki creates men with fish shaped eyes and elongated fingers; stylization that highlights the skill of the artist. Almost all his images suggest a rhythmic movement, to the beat of the drums and to the melody of the flute.
Hattarki’s most recent solo exhibition was held in 2001 at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai. The artist has also had solo shows at the Y.B. Chawan Art Gallery, the Taj Art Gallery, Mahalsa Art Gallery, Pradarshak Art Gallery and Bajaj Art Gallery, all in Mumbai. In addition to these, Hattarki has had several joint shows with his partner Jyoti Hattarki, the most recent of which were held at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2007; and at the Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore, in 2006. Shantkumar Hattarki was honoured with an award by the Art Society of India, Mumbai, in 2004, and won a Silver Medal from the Rajeev Gandhi Art Foundation in 2003.
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