Anil Gaekwad

Anil Gaekwad

artist bio

Anil Gaikwad was born in 1969 at Janakpur, Indore (Madhya Pradesh). He completed his B.F.A. from Indore School of Art in 1994. His works have been extensively exhibited at various group shows like, ‘Art Beyond Boundaries’ at Bharat Bhavan, ‘Rang-Adhyatm’ at Nehru Centre Art Gallery and ‘Almost Blue’ at Cannery Art Gallery, as well as various solo shows, including the recent one at the Shridharani Gallery in 2019, ‘Visual Vocabulary’ (2016) and ‘Brown Period’ (2015) at Lalit Kala Akademi, amongst many others. His work has been widely credited and received honours and awards like the M.P. State Raza Award, ‘AIFACS’ Scholarship Award, Padmashri Vakankar Smriti Award. Gaikwad is currently a freelance artist working out of Bhopal.

artist statement

My works have a certain aura of their own, as the light emanating from the colour pervades the canvases, resulting in the feel of sublime and serene. The light here is cool like moonlight, or the light we see early in the morning or during sunset. One may identify my images with a certain terrain, valley or a landscape, yet you know for sure that am not painting a landscape, instead I delve deep into an inner scape, which unfolds gradually and creates a terra incognita. This is a neutral territory, an unknown place, which has been explored in a dream-like state to realise and transfuse one-self with tranquility. The attainment of this tranquility at a deeper level becomes a sustaining factor for the sensibilities at stake in these aggressive times. Thus, the journey is not only for aesthetic enrichment but for emotive content. I start from the total darkness of the canvas (created by application of the black entirely) and with application of pastels, search for the illuminating signifiers in different tonal variations. My canvases for the viewer become a meditative place to realise one’s own feelings for nature and the self, and also helps grasp the reality of the other. The grains of the canvases peering through the pastel colours are absorbing, and relate to the path traversed.

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