academic tradition in Indian figurative art and the Indian miniature form to evolve a
universal, abstract visual language that explored inward spaces and transient realities. His
phallic forms of the 1970s, isolated heads of the 1980s, and the dead pendulum clocks and
abandoned staircases of the 1990s, were always structured around central themes.
He became a well exhibited painter in India and outside, accolades followed including the
National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi in 1976 and the Yomiuri Shimbun Award from
Japan in 1969. He was as accomplished in written words as well, his book 'Kora Canvas'
completed a few years before his death, contained much of his jottings on the creative
process and his musings about life.
Barwe held several solo exhibitions including one at Wisconsin, U.S., in 1963. He also
participated in 'Indian Painters', Zurich, 1970; Grey Art Gallery, New York, 1975;
International Biennale, Menton, France, 1976; 'Modern Indian Painting' Hirshhorn
Museum, Washington, 1983; 'Six Indian Painters, Washington & Istanbul, 1983 & 1985
and International Biennale, Chile in 1989.
Barwe lived and work in Mumbai. He died prematurely in 1996.
Indian Contemporary Art: Post Independence published by Arun Vadehra, Vadehra Art
Gallery, New Delhi, 1997, page 90.
- Residency Fellowship Grant at Yaddo, New York, 1983-85
- National Award, Lalit Kala Award, New Delhi, 1976
- Maharashtra State Award, 1971
- Yomiuri Shimbun Award, Tokyo, 1969
- Award, Annual Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, 1968
- Award, Annual Exhibition, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai, 1964
- Award, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, 1963
- Yomiuri Shimbun Award, Tokyo, 1961-65