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Caress the detail, the divine detail

 

I am an ex-marketing professional turned self-taught artist. My artistic journey is informed by my deep interest in history, culture and all things classical. The beauty of the commonplace is forefront in my art - in glorious photo-realistic detail. In a world that places a premium on 'instant, digital and virtual'; my art is 'slow, hand-made and purist'. It focuses on the pure joy of being, of the need to pause and to reflect, and to undertake an inward journey into the infinitesimal.

Whether in oils or in my charcoal-graphite drawings, I think of myself as a chronicler of our lives and times. Thus, am a photo-realist, I remain ultimately a painter of life.  

The focus of my work in oils is still life. In the true sense of archaeology, Still life, I believe, speaks the hidden language of human artifacts. Each object in a still life painting represents the human world behind that object – from the hand that made it, to the one that owned it, to the cultural associations, personal memories and emotions attached to its use. Through my choice of objects and settings, my still life paintings stage that alternate reality – a silent representative of culture, people and symbology. 

My oil paintings are as much influenced by the art and time-honored techniques of the European masters as by my heritage and outlook. Each of my oil paintings are built using multiple layers of monochromatic under-painting as the foundation for super-thin glazed color layers on top. Building a painting over a minimum of seven such detailed layers is a contemplative immersion that can consume anywhere upwards of 200 work hours. Each oil painting is thus a labour of love and adoration - each piece a contemporary tribute to the knowledge passed down ​by the great masters.

My current work combines the artistic traditions of the Flemish Masters with the cultural traditions of my country India, in an interpretation that is classical yet contemporary. Enduring and timeless. 

Shows: 

  • Evocative Objects: Still Life - group show with Kalakriti Art Gallery - April 2022

  • IGOR (International Guild of Realism) Spring Salon Online Exhibition - March 2021

  • IGOR (International Guild of Realism) Spring Salon Online Exhibition - March 2020

  • 102nd All India Annual Art Exhibition - Art Society of India - February 2020

  • IGOR (International Guild of Realism) Winter Salon Online Exhibition - March 2019 

  • 101st All India Annual Art Exhibition - Art Society of India - March 2019

  • 126th All India Annual Art Exhibition - Bombay Art Society - Feb 2018

  • The Affordable Art Fair Singapore - April 2016 

  • India Art Festival, New Delhi - January 2016

  • 123rd All India Annual Art Exhibition - Bombay Art Society - Feb 2015

Awards: 

  • Finalist in 5th Boynes Emerging Artist Award - Dec 2021 

  • Bronze Award in Realism 2021 by Camelback Gallery 

  • Mumbai City Award in Drawing - Kalanand Art Contest 2019

  • Maharashtra State Award in Painting - Kalanand Art Contest 2018

  • Maharashtra State Award in Drawing - Kalanand Art Contest 2018