Ash K. Prakash, C.M.
A. K. Prakash is an independent art historian and advisor, based in Toronto, with a varied and distinguished career spanning over four decades and culminating in his appointment as a Privy Council Officer of Canada. He served as advisor to the Cabinet Secretariats of two prime ministers, as well as to the Canada Council for the Arts and the CBC in Ottawa; UNESCO in Paris, Teheran and New Delhi; and the UN Development Program in New York and Cairo. Additionally, he has guided the formation of some of North America’s most prominent art collections, along with a number of corporate and private art collections.
Mr. Prakash is the author of several publications on art, including Canadian Art: Selected Masters from Private Collections (2003), Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women Artists (2008), and Impressionism in Canada: A Journey of Rediscovery (2014).
As Chair of A. K. Prakash Foundation he has sponsored numerous exhibitions and publications promoting Canadian Historical Art nationally and internationally, and also established the International Fellowships Program in Advanced Surgery at Teaching Hospitals of the University of Toronto.
Referred to by the Globe and Mail as "one of the most knowledgeable collectors of important Canadian art in the country,” he was educated at the Universities of California, Michigan, and Harvard, and awarded a Doctorate in Fine Arts (honoris causa) by Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The National Gallery of Canada named a Gallery for him in 2015, to honour his gift to the nation of a $20 Million collection of art.
He was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2016.