|Acrylic on Canvas_18" x 18"|
16th - 28th Mar.’15: Solo Exhibition of Semi-abstract Figurative Paintings by Nilesh Nikam.
“The goal of meditation is to focus and quieten your mind, eventually reaching a higher level of awareness and inner calm.” Using this principle of the power of self with the power of sublime, Mumbai-based Nilesh Nikam translates the potent energies of being, into a series of paintings in acrylic on canvas.
The subject has always fascinated him and a continuous study into the discipline of meditation has not only developed his strength in the subject but also his skill set in expressing its varied nuances through his work.
Mainly using brushwork, his canvases come alive with his muse - the woman, who embodies the role of Goddess Parvati, while the Shivling that is stylised in each of his paintings is a studied rendition that completes the work of art. Incidentally, Nilesh explains that his paintings can be used to meditate upon; reiterating the fact that one can meditate anywhere and at any time, allowing oneself the access to a sense of tranquillity and peace irrespective of one’s surroundings.
Nilesh’s works evoke a feeling of tranquillity in the viewer. Elongated bodies, textural play, layered application and Indian traditional motifs are complemented by a vibrant colour palette. Each canvas is bifurcated spatially and can be interpreted as a metaphor to one’s spiritual aura vs. one’s worldly aura.
The best part of the paintings is that they do not have a fixed interpretation. While the artist assimilates a bouquet of meditative musings for the viewer, he leaves the viewer to make an individual choice and enjoy the work in his own way.