Symphony of Seasons

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Gallerie Ganesha presents Mumbai-based artist Devdatta Padekar’s solo show of paintings titled Symphony of Seasons depicting the changing seasons of the Alps and Himalayas @ Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi: Nov 19 to Nov 29 New Delhi: Shobha Bhatia, Director, Gallerie Ganesha presents Symphony of Seasons, a solo show of paintings by Mumbai-based artist Devdatta Padekar at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg, New Delhi from November 19-29, 2016, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Says 38-year-old Padekar, who did his MFA from J.J College of Art, Mumbai and is showing in Delhi after a gap of four years: “My current series of paintings is about the Alps and the Himalayas. I have been travelling in various regions around these mountain ranges during different seasons for almost three years now. The series is about the ever changing landscapes and magnificent environment in closeness of these majestic and mystical mountain ranges.” Padekar has also done an M.A. (Drawing) from Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK in 2005 and later studied at The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy in 2007. It was during 2007-2009, when he was painting a series on ballet dancers at the Florence Dance Center in Italy that he frequently flew to Florence at different times of the year. “On clear-sky days, the aerial view of the Alps was mesmerizing. If the landscape was so beautiful from up above, it would be, I was certain, equally spectacular at ground level.” He subsequently travelled to the Swiss Alps in 2013, and from then on began his artistic journey in the Alps. Over the course of the next two years, Padekar has painted in different regions across Swiss, French, Italian, Austrian and German Alps at different times of the year. “I painted smaller works on location and larger canvases in my studio. The paintings on the Alps series formed a part of my solo exhibition at the Florence Dance Center, Italy, in March 2016.” Padekar’s work on the Alps goes beyond the natural landscapes. His focus suspends time; while capturing a specific day on the earth, he offers a testimony of place. He rightfully depicts nature in her most natural environment-dressed in blossoms, flowing with water, inhabited by fauna and dotted with human habitat. As he highlights that special ray of sun or refracts light from prism of brushed-on colour, we see the poetry of the world revealed before our eyes. His paintings incorporate simplicity, subtlety and innocence, qualities he uses to depict a harmonious communication between man and nature. Commenting on his work, Keith Ferrone, Director, Florence Dance Center, Italy says, “Observing his paintings, we can breathe the cold of winter, smile as the greens announce spring, feel the warmth of summer and introspectively meditate on autumn. Devdatta paints portraits of the earth in all its magnificence and re-establishes the everyday rite of passage that the world is ours to enjoy and love.” Like the Alps, Padekar is equally fascinated with the world’s youngest mountain range: the Himalaya. The two mountain ranges have different flora, fauna and also diverse cultures. “Just as I painted in the Alps, I trekked across the Himalaya painting in different regions around Himalayan terrain; this journey of mine is still ongoing.” With vast areas devoid of human presence, serenity rules in both the Alps and the Himalaya. In both places, however, the impression of the landscape always seems to be fleeting. Padekar’s aim was to try and capture the ephemeral moods of the Alps and Himalaya in his paintings. “I observed people who live in the mountains, who love their environment and live in complete harmony with nature. That is the very essence of my paintings of the mountains, to admire, preserve and live in complete synergy with nature.”

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