|I consider myself to be very fortunate
to have been born as an artist into a wonderful world
of lines, forms and colors. When I look at the phenomenally
beautiful paintings created by the
Great Masters around the world, I realize that I have
yet to evolve as an artist completely. I still
have a lot to accomplish. Nevertheless, my aim is to follow
this tradition. Isn’t it a nice thing to
have such a positively creative aim in your life? But
life is not always so colorful. There are a lot of obstacles
and struggles. Through all these, my art is always there
with me and it keeps revealing wondrous beauties of life
Right from my childhood, I have loved to draw. I am
very fortunate to be born into a culturally
rich family. My father, himself an artist, an author
and a fairly successful playwright is a retired art
teacher. Thus I grew up in an environment enriched by
literature, music, drama and painting. Nevertheless
my first love was always drawing and painting. I filled
up all the notebooks and
even my textbooks, wherever I found empty spaces, with
pictures. I was destined to become
an artist right from my childhood.
After I started pursuing my higher education in Applied
Art, I began to understand the real intricacies of art.
While I was still studying I was acquainted with Shri.
Ravi Paranjape. A great artist, an Illustrator Painter
par excellence, he was to become my mentor and guide.
Through the last 17-18 years we have shared an endearing
and enduring relationship. It is through his guidance
that I have been able to embark on a fruitful journey
of discovering myself as an artist. Everything that
is appealing in my art is the result of his mentoring;
any shortcomings are because of my own limitations.
Shri. Paranjape opened my eyes to many qualitative aspects
of art such as good drawing, composition, color harmony
and most importantly good taste and aesthetics. Through
his deeply ingrained belief in the prosperous Representational
Art, which was the result of his painstaking research
and his own experience, I found the true path of my
life. For this I will forever remain indebted to him.
His paintings and other works can be seen on www.raviparanjape.com.
I just love to draw, especially, figurative drawing, something
that is very close to my heart. I have been studying and
practicing life drawing and memory drawing for the last
so many years. A long journey which still goes on, with
help and guidance from the books of Victor Ambrus, John
Raynes, and Andrew Loomis and many other equally accomplished
artists. When I think about the drawings of the Great
Masters through centuries right from Michelangelo and
Leonardo da Vinci to the contemporary masters, I realize
that I have barely managed to touch the crust of the subject.
There is still a lot more to learn and achieve.
Illustration: This subject that presents innumerable
possibilities to explore one’s creativity has
always appealed to me. In my opinion, to be an Illustrator,
you ought to be born as one. The urge to be an illustrator
should come from within; therefore not everyone with
mastery over drawing can become an illustrator. To quote
Norman Rockwell, “No man with a conscience can
just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his
talent and feeling into them!”
Illustration is a potent medium of communication and
expression which is a need for both the artist and the
viewer and the society in general. Illustration, therefore
has evolved the world over and has flourished and prospered
through decades, especially the scene of American Illustration.
Even today, in my opinion, a fine art student’s
education would be incomplete if he has not studied
American Illustrators. The list of these masters is
an endless one but to name a few, Norman Rockwell, J.
C. Leyendecker, Franklin Booth, Dean Cornwell, Maxfield
Parrish, Robert McGinnis, Bob Peak, Bernie Fuchs, Burt
Silverman, Mark English etc. take the cake. Outside
American Illustration, the artists who have inspired
me are Fortunino Matania, R.I., Victor Ambrus and Alphonse
During my growing up years, I used to read a lot of
comics and used to dream of becoming comic book illustrator.
I got the opportunity of becoming one when I met the
renowned Artist Late Shri. Pratap Mulick. Under his
guidance I learned a lot about the technical aspects
of comics art.
excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making
all disagreeable evaporate.”
- John Keats
In a nutshell, the above statement is nothing but what
Representational Art is all about.
For me, Representational Painting is the means of self-development,
joy of creation and a medium for expression and communication.
As an artist, I perceive the visual beauty of my surrounding
nature and human forms and I endeavor to convey the
same beauty to the viewers through my paintings.
My special interests are mainly landscapes, portraits
and figurative paintings. I am greatly inspired by Impressionist,
Post-Impressionist and Orientalist schools of painting.
At the moment, I am experimenting mainly on using Pointillism
in my paintings. In this technique, I find that I can
use colors creatively and can experiment with various
color combinations resulting in great textures.
Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, John Singer
Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, Gustav Klimt, Childe
Hassam, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Jean-Léon Gérôme,
Ilya Repin and Nicholai Fechin. All these great Artists
are powerhouses of exhaustive creative knowledge, from
whom I draw my inspiration and motivation time and again.
I want to portray the teachings and symbolism of Hindu
philosophy and culture; in which there are numerous
visual possibilities; through my paintings. This, I
consider to be my duty towards my community and my nation.