Masters at Work

Masters at Work

They are former colleagues and revered names in the field of art. And in terms of their works, they are like chalk and cheese. Or shall we say they are as different as acrylic and charcoal. 

The ‘art trayi’ (or trio) — Raosaheb Gurav, Sudhakar Chavan and Dr Subhash Pawar — are exhibiting their artworks at Bliss Art Gallery. Says Chavan, “I was the head of the department at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, when Raosaheb was the Principal. Pawar Sir taught Applied Art then. Our student, Aarti Das has got us together for this exhibition.”

Chavan, who has made a name for himself since the ’90s in charcoal medium, is displaying 10 of his exhibits, which fall in the surrealism category. The blacks, white and the perfectionism that comes with it has always challenged the artist. “When you are using colours, you can play around and come up with striking, eye-catching combinations. But in charcoal or ink sketches, a little extra of black colour will ruin your picture completely. The artist’s maturity, his skill, finesse and research all comes through when he is dabbling in the charcoal and ink medium,” he adds.

Pawar, who was a part of the co-ordination team of C-DAC, for launching country’s first computer, took to digital art quite easily. “I am a commercial artist and taught applied art. I was also associated with computers and technology, so I think it was natural for me to veer towards digital art. This medium is full of possibilities,” he explains.

When asked if digital medium favours abstract art, Pawar clarifies, “If you are good at art and knowledgeable about computers, then this twain meets. You can do portraits, conventional art work etc using digital medium. It cannot be limited only to abstracts. The technology has advanced; there are quite natural brushes for tools and many colours to choose from. It’s a magical medium.” 

The artist is displaying four of his digital artwork at the gallery. And is also working out on bringing a new book exploring the ‘Corel Painter’. “I had hoped to release the book at the inauguration of the exhibition. But the printing is delayed a bit,” he adds. 

If the master artist M F Husain had horses as his muse, then it’s ‘dhangars’ or the shepherd community for Raosaheb Gurav. For about three decades now, Gurav has been documenting the lives of the nomadic community — their clothes, food etc.

Says he, “I am originally from Shirol in Kolhapur district and have spent my childhood observing the dhangars and the way they go about their work. I have been living in Pune for 50 years now, but I can recall my childhood quite vividly. I have been working on the dhangar series for quite some time. But, I think, there’s lot more ground to be covered.”

At the exhibition, he will be displaying 10 of his works — mostly portraiture of the men, women and their livestock. Gurav also recounts the pride that his dhangar series accorded to him.

“One of my paintings of the shepherd was chosen for writer-journalist Khushwant Singh’s book on India, translated in French. They wanted a distinctly Indian countryside look and feel to it. So they found my work on the internet and contacted me. Importantly, they paid the price I asked for,” he adds. 

ST Reader Service 
The Art Trayi exhibition is currently underway at Bliss Art Gallery, Hall No 2 at Koregaon Park. You can visit it till October 7, between 9 am and 7 pm

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