|Charcoal & Acrylic on Canvas_18” x 32”|
Saturday, January 31, 2015
On View at Pradarshak: “Glimpses of Kolkata” charcoal and acrylic on canvas paintings by Yuvraj Patil.
2nd – 14th Feb.’15: Pradarshak presents “Glimpses of Kolkata” charcoal and acrylic on canvas paintings by Yuvraj Patil.
Monochrome and sepia tones are two colour palettes in a work of art that almost 99% of the times leave an indelible impact on the viewer! Playing on this sensitivity, artist Yuvraj Patil recreates his memoirs of a recent visit to Kolkata, capturing the ethos of the city with charcoal on paper.
The artist very discerningly eliminates the chaos of Kolkata city life by focussing on the old-world charm of the hand-rickshaw puller and the tram.- rare treat in other metropolises of India. The chaos blurs into the purity of the white of the paper, as if it never really exists, as one trains one’s eyes on the beauty and charm of the common taken-for-granted transport there.
A monochromatic palette intensifies the experience, which is brought to life with a dash of red; at times, in the shoulder cloth of the weary rickshaw-puller; the wheel cap; and at others, overhead in celebratory paper festoons... and the like.
The artist makes an attempt to veer a little away from realism with a few stylistic strokes, exaggerating the rickshaw cover in a few paintings. But generally, what one sees is an aesthetically reflected memoir of seeing and capturing beauty in simple everyday surroundings.