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Artist Statement
Photographed by Eminent Painter
and Photographer Shri. J. P. Singhal
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 to me.

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.

My Art:
Drawing: 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 Maria Mucha.
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.

Representational Painting:
“The 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.

© 2009 Gopal Nandurkar
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