Suman V Dabholkar, Siddhivinayak H Teli and Harishchandra V Tulaskar evince the reality that there certainly is no dearth of talent in our midst. These three young men will be exhibiting their 25 paintings, collectively entitled ‘Beauty of Mind’, from February 11 to 17 at Harshada Art Gallery. The exhibition will be inaugurated at 5 p.m. on February 11 with Pradip Palyekar as the chief guest.
They hail from villages in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. Their humble origins do not in any way disadvantage them. All three hold a Govt Diploma in Fine Art from the Thane school of Art while Siddhivinayak has an additional Art Teacher Diploma.
In their youthful twenties, the trio add their own edge to this genre of art. Each one has a style that is consistent and reflective of their individual personalities. They describe their work as following realistic, semi-realistic and landscape trends.
For Suman, art was a hobby as a child, one that he transformed into a profession quite different from that of his father who is a government servant. Though none of his family members are artistically inclined, he never faced any hurdles by way of parental opposition. Suman offers an explanation for his abstract work, “It has double meaning. I take a subject or thought and work on it. Emotions inspire me.” His artistic idols are Atul Dodia and John Sargent. Suman supports himself in part as a freelance artist and does the illustrations for magazines and books.
Siddhivinayak enjoys immense support from his teacher father, who indulges his own artistic bent too. Talking about the utilisation of colours in his work, he says, “Depending on the theme of the painting colours differ,” he continues in the same vein, “My paintings centre on Indian culture. Vat Purnima, the Hindu festival that is celebrated by women in villages where they tie a string around a tree could be a subject for me.” Highly influenced by Indian artists, paintings, old sculptures, he takes scenes from villages and turns them into vibrant paintings, brimming with vivid colours.
“The only obstacles I have faced are financial. My father is a farmer,” says Harishchandra, whose artistic flair is concentrated on nature and landscapes. This young artist is vastly inspired by artist Vasudev Kamat. The wonderful play of shading in his picturesque artwork is traditional in the most aesthetic sense. Siddhivinayak and Harishchandra are completely immersed in painting as their main occupation. ‘Beauty of Mind’ will be their first exhibition ever. Suman on the other hand, has exhibited in Mumbai. Apart from the fact that Suman has relatives here, their choice of Goa as the venue is ascribed to the joie de vivre, the artistic atmosphere the state emanates.
(The exhibition ‘Beauty of Mind’ will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. till February 17 at Harshada Art Gallery, opposite Goa Mariott Resorts, Miramar, Panaji) [NT]