Shankar Kendale was born in 1948 in Pune. He studied art at the Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya (Pune), graduating from the programme in 1975. He started his career in advertising, and was a senior art director and illustrator for advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather before becoming a full-time artist. Over the years, he has won several prizes for landscaping and sketching in various media – including watercolour, pencil and charcoal.
While Shankar’s early works were more abstract, his current works are mainly in the figurative mode. His subjects tend to be individuals, usually women, placed against rustic settings. The backgrounds in general are fairly abstracted apart from a door or a step against which he props his subject. . His painting style is recognizable by the smooth and blended brushwork, warm colours and effects of light and shade, and the visual appeal of his works lie in the “luminous, shadowy and intense” nature of the art work. In his own words, Shankar’s paintings evoke an “inner feeling of reflection and introspection”.
He has held many solo exhibitions as well as participated in group shows, art camps and charity auctions both in India and abroad. He lives and works in Bangalore.
Selected Solo Shows
- Hotel Aman, New Delhi (2011)
- Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore (2009, 2006)
- Xppressions Art Gallery, Pune (2008)
- Apparao Galleries Chennai (2007, 2004) and Delhi (2007)
- Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi (2006)
- Time & Space Art Gallery, Bangalore (2005)
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2004)
- Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai (2002)
- Nehru Centre, Art Gallery, Mumbai (1999)
- Y.B. Chavan Art Centre, Mumbai (1998)
Selected Art Camps and Group Shows
Shankar has participated in many Art Camps and Group Shows organized by art galleries from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and New Delhi, including:
- Group Show at the World Trade Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia
- Art tour to Spain, Italy and France organized by Apparao Galleries
- Charity shows for the Concern India Foundation, the Spastic Society of Karnataka, the Blind Society of Bangalore and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India