Monday, 13 March 2017

A group show after a sabbatical

I had met a friend recently who wondered why I do not exhibit and I really did not have a valid reason. Perhaps it was the non acceptance that I have faced in my previous shows. This brings me to the question, who am I painting for? Why am I looking for acceptance? Did Van Gogh receive any acceptance when alive? Did he not continue to paint till his last days irrespective?

My paintings have been my thoughts, my feelings, my views, my visual diary... I love them and would like to share my experience with you.

So I activated my Facebook account after three months and checked an acquaintance's page to see if he was up to any shows and voila, I am two days within the deadline of applying for his group show.

The show is for three days on 14th, 15th and 16th of April (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
@ Cymroza Art Gallery, 1st floor, 72 Bhula Bhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Mumbai

Please do not see this blog as just an invitation. On the contrary, I thought of taking you through my works which I have displayed.

The first one being one of the most recent ones, Old no. 73. I have explained this painting in detail on a previous blog, please click on the hyperlink which will take you to it.

The following painting has somehow always fascinated me, it is David and Goliath.

Title: David and Goliath
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 30 in x 24 in
Year: 2016
The actual story revolves around how a human defeats a Giant. However, in this painting, I choose David (Michelangelo's David) to personify the Giant - the human ego which is larger than life, which has been the cause of many a downfall and the actual 'David' is the tiny ant which many a time gets ignored, the most efficient team player, the most hardworking, strongest creature on earth, yet is almost always squashed and dismissed to be a bug.

How many of us can relate to this ant? How many of our efforts are overlooked? How many of us continue to slave on waiting for our moment of recognition only to be swatted away by larger, more flamboyant creatures who are less deserving? Do you not think it is time to catapult our way and etch ourselves into the History books? Don't you think it is time to stop wallowing in our sorrows and rise on the wings of our glory? Let us all, all the 'David's' join hands and conquer the well-deserved limelight and create a revolution, one that the world has been in thirst for.

Title: Broken Sleep
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 30 in x 36 in
Year: 2015

The next one received the following review from a friend, "If I see this painting day in and day out, I'd pack my bags and go home! Therefore, I will not buy this painting." This friend resides in Manila and feels that this painting would evoke too many emotions in him to make him want to relocate. This has by far  been the biggest compliment I have ever received. This is what I want my paintings to do.

It talks about what is real and what is not. They say a mirror reflects the truth but in this case the mirror seems to be a doorway into a different reality compared to what is reflected in the barren land of disturbed, broken sleep. There lies a slipper and a path of ants indicative of something or someplace beyond containing perhaps the hope of happiness and contentment which currently ceases to exist.

Title : Journey
Medium : Acrylic on Canvas
Size : 36in x 30in
Year : 2009

My journey in life has till date been quite haphazard. I have never kept a clear goal to chalk out a set path. My choices have been driven by a constant boredom which has kept me on this never ending arduous path of search - a search for the unknown, a search for that sip which might satisfy my unquenchable thirst for an incomprehensible experience. Will I ever find it? I have no clue but I continue undefeated on this journey of mine which I would like you all to be a part of.

If any of my works caused an inkling of emotion in you, then I request you to please visit the show in person to have a one on one interaction with my paintings. If this blog is making you want to paint, then please do join me in this quest for the unknown. It has been tedious but nevertheless utterly enjoyable!