Yusuf Arakkal

"There is an anguished being, disturbed, and in distress, somewhere deep inside me; a human being who yearns for a meaningful existence. It is the human presence that arouses my attention and stirs my creative inner space."

Yusuf Arakkal's early paintings were studies in abstract of the lives of the city dwellers. He used a profusion of bright colours to depict their situation. Later, his growing concern with...
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Yusuf Arakkal's early paintings were studies in abstract of the lives of the city dwellers. He used a profusion of bright colours to depict their situation. Later, his growing concern with social issues began to be reflected in his paintings. Arakkal, through his art, depicts the everyday life of the dispossessed, in urban areas - their poverty, helplessness, dismal living conditions and their stoicism in the face of tragedy.

In keeping with his partiality for somber shades, Arakkal employs earthy shades with an occasional dab of yellow or crimson. He concentrates on the texture of his canvases and gives them a grainy, rough surface, reminiscent of timeworn, peeling, cracked walls. Several of Arakkal's canvases focus on a solitary human in various poses. "The face, whether it is of a man or a woman, is mine, an observer, and alone. I have been painting this character for 20 years. I'm not bald, I'm not a woman, but I'm sure it's me".

Arakkal has a Diploma in Painting from the Chitrakala Parishath College of Art, in Bangalore, Karnataka. He has held over 38 shows in Bangalore, Madras, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Mumbai and New Delhi. Internationally he has shown his works in London, France, New York, Honk Kong and Singapore. He received the Lalit Kala Akademi Award in 1979 and in 1981, the Shiromani Kala Puruskar from the Government of India, in 1983, and the award of the Third Asian Art Biennale, Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1986. He currently lives and works in Bangalore.

Honours and Awards
  • 2005 Lorenso-De-Medici Gold medal at 5th Florence International Biennale of...
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    Lot 63 Details

    StoryLTD Absolute Auction
    Nov 12-13, 2013

    Yusuf Arakkal

    Untitled

    Acrylic on canvas

    27.5 x 35.5 in

    Winning bid
    $4,860
    Rs 2,91,600
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    Lot 14 Details

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    Jan 23-24, 2013

    Yusuf Arakkal

    Untitled

    Oil on wood

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    Winning bid
    $1,200
    Rs 63,600
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    Lot 15 Details

    24-Hour Online Absolute Auction
    Jul 10-11, 2012

    Yusuf Arakkal

    Untitled

    Oil on canvas

    23 x 23.5 in

    Winning bid
    $4,231
    Rs 2,28,480
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    Lot 24 Details

    24-Hour Auction: Small Format Art
    May 16-17, 2012

    Yusuf Arakkal

    Untitled

    Acrylic on fabric pasted on board

    10.5 x 8.5 in

    Winning bid
    $660
    Rs 33,000
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    Yusuf Arakkal

    Untitled

    Oil on canvas

    21 x 29 in

    Winning bid
    $2,722
    Rs 1,60,620
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    EXHIBITIONS          
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    Lot 152 Details

    Online Paper Work Show,Jan 2006.
    Feb 02-20, 2006

    Yusuf Arakkal

    A River Front Shack

    Charcoal on paper

    23.0 x 16.5 in






    Lot 153 Details

    Online Paper Work Show,Jan 2006.
    Feb 02-20, 2006

    Yusuf Arakkal

    River Boats

    Charcoal on paper

    16.5 x 23.5 in






    Lot 154 Details

    Online Paper Work Show,Jan 2006.
    Feb 02-20, 2006

    Yusuf Arakkal

    A Pail of Water...

    Charcoal on paper

    23.0 x 16.5 in






    Lot 14 Details

    Works on Paper 2003.
    Feb 20-Mar 15, 2003

    Yusuf Arakkal

    Untitled

    Watercolour on paper

    30 x 22 in






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