Published : A. A. Almelkar Inspiration and Impact, National
Gallery of Modern Art - Bengaluru, 2017, pg. 6.
Exhibited : A. A. Almelkar Retrospective, National Gallery of
Modern Art, Mumbai, 2016
Provenance : Property from an important Mumbai based collection.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Abdul Rahim Almelkar was born on the 10th of October, 1920 in Sholapur (Maharashtra). He began to paint at a tender age of 7. He completed his schooling at a local school after which he pursued his formal art education at the J.J. School of Art, Bombay. He won several awards at shows organized by the Art Society of India and the Bombay Art Society. Unlike his contemporaries, he branched out into the field of art at an exceptionally early age and evolved in his own pre- eminent style. Almelkar believed his mother’s embroidering during her pregnancy had enriched his creativity from her womb and he believed to inherit the skill of art from that age. He considered Khatri, a painter from Gujarat to be his true teacher. Khatri instilled into the young aspirant a pursuit for perfect draftsmanship. His style of painting was more traditional than his contemporaries with a lot of detailing and elements from miniature art tradition that were at its peak when he was still studying at the art college. His main interests were directed to figurative and naturalistic landscapes. Almelkar often travelled in the jungles of Vidharbha, (a district in Maharashtra) sketching birds, trees and what nature had to offer in sanctuaries and the colourful tribal people inhabiting those localities. He finger painted as well as a drew detailed outlines to his artwork using ink and other mediums. He later joined as a lecturer at the Sir J.J School of Arts in 1968. His shows were appreciated in Malaysia and other Asian capitals as well. Almelkar passed away in December 1982 at the age of 62.