A TALK WITH ARTIST DINKAR JADHAV
Constant change is must.
Pune-based artist Dinkar Jadhav has established himself as an artist who dares to walk on a path less trodden. He was born to farmer parents in Jadhav Wadi, a small village near Pune in Maharashtra that has now been totally washed over by a dam built in the area. From thick impasto knife work on acrylic in his earlier works, that bear signs of his Western inspirations, to the wild animal energy of his newer pieces, rendered in sheer layers of paint that appear almost transparent, Dinkar Jadhav has experimented and evolved, which he considers a crucial trait for the creatively inclined. He feels that if one is not constantly changing, one does not learn enough to become versatile. Dinkar’s art understands change, and most importantly the value of acceptance in translating that change into another, more luminous language.
Apart from participating in Prafulla Art Foundation Kalanand contest, Dinkar has received many awards from The Bombay Art Society, Art Society of India, V.V. Oak Award, State Art Award for portrait, Best Annual awards for many years and Ist Annual award for sketching. Excerpts from an interview: How did you started your journey of art? From the early days did you want to become an artist?
From my childhood days I was inclined towards art. It was my hobby and a passion also. When I was in 8th standard, I had decided that I wanted to pursue art and would like to do something different as an artist. But really I was introduced to ‘art’ by a drawing teacher.
Recognising my artistic potential, my teacher inspired me to seriously consider a career in the field. I took the plunge and enrolled myself in an art college in Pune. It was in the library of this college that I discovered art from the West. I was moved by the works of English landscape painter J.M.W. Turner and Dutch post-impressionist
Vincent van Gogh. Poring over their works for long hours cemented my resolve to become an artist, and their influence is very evident in my early works also.
In the process of your artistic journey what have you experienced?
In the process of my artistic journey, I had faced many adverse situations. I took up any art-related job I could find, from painting idols to decorating temples. And the beauty of it is, that I was learning while earning. I had also worked on commissioned projects for architects and designers in those early days. But for me my big moment came when I was given the chance to make an artwork for the Vivanta by Taj Blue Diamond Hotel in Pune. The manager of the hotel asked me to create an artwork, on the condition that he would put it up in the hotel only if he liked it, and if not, I could take it back. When I presented my painting to him, his reaction was so encouraging that I can never forget it. He paid me ` 5,000 for that painting, which was more money than I had ever seen in my life. In this process I have experienced the artist’s anguish to express his feelings on the canvas and then his ecstasy when it has taken tangible form through the colours of imagination.
How was the idea of Ashwa Chitramala (horse series) generated? Is it a love for the animal or something inspired you?
I was drawn towards horses for the strength that they represent, but more so, because they are a reminder of his agricultural roots, and his connection to the earth. I first started painting horses after a visit to Mumbai, where I saw them drawing tongas (carriages) in the streets outside Victoria Terminus. Moved by the pathetic, restrained condition that these powerful horses were subjected to, I depicted their plight in my artworks. I began portraying them in different ways to highlight their beauty and emotions.
In sharp contrast to my earliest portrayals that were full of anguish, I decided to depict the horses as free creatures in my later works. Even I got a chance to showcase my solo show in Jehangir Art Gallery at Mumbai in 2011 and I had decided that I would do something new in potraying horses. So I had started studying about horse, went to races watched horse races, met jockeys, made sketches searching on net and after eight months’ research. I got my new style in modern horses.
We believe that your series Lust for Love is a new style art for the art lovers. Please throw some light on this series.
In Lust for Love! series I had painted horse couples engrossed in passionate love with a heart of an evergreen romantic. The colours are bright and gleaming with self- assurance, the brush strokes are gentle yet confident and echoing the spirit of carpe diem that is seize the day! My horses symbolise the undaunted quest of human beings for the greatest of the feelings called love. I had also introduced the bull, the symbol of muscularity and virility, in my portfolio this time. These bulls are mighty, confident and making charges towards their dreams and desires. This series is the depiction of my heart of the heart and the example of my honest enduring journey towards the excellence. My bulls are drawn from their synergy with the soil. These are animals that have a special significance for crop-growers.
What type of colours do you like using and why?
I use acrylic colours, giving treatment by using eight to 10 layers of transparent colours. And I also use charcoal so that my canvas would look very soft. I generally use very vibrant colours.
How do you see contemporary Indian art growing?
Contemporary Indian art is growing immensely. When I had started my carrier we had few options but now people have a sharp sense about modern art and they have lot of awareness about fine art. Digital media is creating big opportunities for artists so that art can reach very easily to common people and art lovers. It is a good thing for art and artists in India.