In 1968 Prokash get an Academy Award
of a Fellowship which took him to Paris to study the
Master Painters Creations and other great country of
artistic activity in Europe. He gradually achieved in
his style a rich and original aesthetic fusion from
Eastern and Western art while retaining in every on
his strokes the authentic stamp of his individuality.
He has exhibited in innumerable solo and group shows.
His paintings have been acquired for their collection
by the Modern Art Gallery, New Delhi, Birla Academy
of Art and Culture, Calcutta, Rabindra Bharati University,
Calcutta, Allahavad Museum, Allahabad, U.P., Lalit Kala
Akademi, Lucknow, U.P., Art Heritage of India, New Delhi,
and by many governments and private collections throughout
He is one of the most powerful artist in India. His
landscapes are unparalleled. It has the true essence
of India, and … at the same time very modern.
His figures his lines, bold distortions are simply magnificent.
He himself is now an Institution and many young contemporary
painters are following his path.
Prokash Karmakar has lived in the city most of his
life. He is one of the great gifts that Kolkata has
made to the mainstream of modern and post modern Indian
art, during the second half of the 20th century and
the first decades of 21st. From the early 1950s, he
has been very active in the field. Twice he was absent
from the city for some time. Once when he received a
French Government Fellowship to live and work in Paris
for one year in 1969-70, with an allotment of additional
funding to tour Western Europe . The second time, circumstances
exiled him to Naini, the twin town of Allahabad at the
confluence of Ganga and Jamuna. From 1971, for many
years he lived in this semi-urban industrial town. At
last he thought he had enough. In 1983, at the age of
fifty, he decided to take voluntary retirement.