1976, 84, 87 Solo exhb., Indore. 1976 Youth Artists`
Exhb., Bhopal. 1978, 86 Solo exhb., Bhopal. 1978, 85
National Kala Mela, New Delhi. 1979 Solo exhb., New
Delhi. 1982, 84, 86 Raza Award Exhb., Bhopal. 1984 Black
Group Exhb., Bhopal and Indore. 1985 All India Exhb.,
Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal. 1986, 88 Solo exhb., Bombay.
1986 Greeshma Kala Mela, Indore. 1987 Black Group Exhb.,
Bhopal. 1987 Fine Arts from Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi.
1988 Seventeen Indian Painters, Bombay. 1988 2nd Bharat
Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal. 1989 Artists Alert, New Delhi.
1989 Indian Eclectics, organised by the French Embassy,
New Delhi. 1990 Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal. 1990
Tenth One Man Show of Paintings, Sakshi Gallery, Madras.
2002 Solo exhb., Alliance Franoise, Bhopal.
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. Jawarharlal
Nehru University, New Delhi. Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. HUDCO, New Delhi. Madhav
Nair Foundation, Mumbai. CCMB, Hyderabad. CMC, New Delhi.
Xal Praxis Foundation, Mumbai. NCZCC, Allahabad. L.V.
Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. Jawahar Kala Kendra,
Jaipur. Asian Art Centre, Maryland. Chester Herwitz
Collection, USA. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi. Mahatma Gandhi International
Hindi University, New Delhi. Lal Baugh Palace, Indore.
Vidhan Sabha Bhavan, Bhopal. IPCL, Baroda. MSIL, Bangalore.
Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
1976 Award, Yuva Kalyan Kendra, Bhopal. 1976 Kalidas
Academy, Ujjain. 1977 Camlin Award, Bombay. 1984 Received
the State Award. 1990 Awarded at Bharat Bhavan Biennale,
Bhopal. 1994, 95 Received Senior Artist Fellowship,
Govt. of India. 2002 Received Raza Foundation Award.
Akhilesh belongs to the breed of artists who come
from the provincial towns of India - rooted in traditions
and sporting a fresh outlook. He has been influenced
by tribal and folk traditions of Madhya Pradesh; at
the same time being aware of the trends in the Art World.
His paintings appear to be a collection of beginnings.
But there are no ends. His work gives a feeling of being
left unfinished and yet it does not seem incomplete.
It is not possible to look at it in terms of a beginning
leading to an end. The way he uses lines may lend certain
linearity to his work but these lines seem to melt into
the canvas, refusing to lend typical linear characteristics
to his work. His paintings appear to be full of freshness
and the colors resonate with emotions. He does not delve
into virginal territory. Rather he sticks to familiar
ground. It is his method of translating familiar territory
on to canvas that imparts an individual characteristic
to his work. His paintings do not scream for atten.