Artist Profile


He was born in Lothal, Gujarat. ? 1962 He was the founder member of `Group 1890`, Bhavnagar. ? 1968-69 Designed 3 murals for St. Xavier`s School, Ahmedabad. ? Lives and works in New Delhi.


1952 Studied under Shri Jagubhai Shah, Bhavnagar. ? 1953 Drawing Teacher`s Course, J.J.School, Bombay. ? 1955 Studied at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda. ? 1956-61 Worked under Prof. N.S. Bendre, Baroda. ? 1966-67 Student of S.W. Hayter and Krishna Reddy, Atelier 17, Paris.


1957,58 Participated in the `Baroda Group` show, Bombay. ? 1960 National Exhibition, Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. ? 1962,67 Participated in Progressive Painters Group exhb., Ahmedabad. ? 1963 Participated in `Group 1890` show, inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, New Delhi. ? 1964 Exhb. of drawings, Triveni Gallery, New Delhi. ? 1965 One man show at the Art & Print Gallery, Calcutta. ? 1965 Solo exhb. Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi. ? 1965 Selected for representation in `Indian Painting Today`, London. ? 1966 One man show, Gallery Chemould, New Delhi and Bombay. ? 1967 Participated in the Biennale de Paris. ? 1967,68 Participated in the Progressive Painters Group Show, Ahmedabad. ? 1967,68 Five Contemporaries, Kunika Chemould Art Centre, New Delhi. ? 1970 Participated in the printmaking workshop, prganised by Smithsonian Institute, U.S.I.S., New Delhi. ? 1971 One man show, Konark Art Gallery, New Delhi. ? 1973 On


Ebrahim Alkazi and Art Heritage, New Delhi. ? Nitin Bhayana, New Delhi. ? Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. ? National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. ? Tuli Family Collection, Bombay. ? Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.


1956-61 Awarded the Govt. of India Scholarship for advanced studies in painting, under Prof. N.S. Bendre. ? 1959 Received the Lalit Kala National Award for Painting, New Delhi. ? 1960 He was also awarded Gold Medal by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art. ? 1962 Received the Lalit Kala National Award for Painting, New Delhi. ? 1962 Received the Bombay Art Society Award, Bombay. ? 1981-82 Received the Lalit Kala Akademi`s Research Grant to work at Garhi Studio, New Delhi. ? 1983-85 Received the Govt. of Indian Fellowship to Outstanding Artists. ? 1988 Received the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award, New Delhi. ? 1994-96 Awarded Emeritus Fellowship given to eminent artists in the field of Performing Arts, Literature and Plastic Arts by Govt. of India. ? 1996 Received the AIFACS Award, New Delhi. ? 2003 Honoured by Kalidasa Samman.


Though versatile and highly creative, Himmat has primarity remained a sculptor, enamoured especially by the earthiness of the terracota medium that holds for him the echoes of the lost world. ? He enjoys inscribing his simple, often brutal forms progressively with invented and impressed textures, beautifully absorbed by the moist clay.