Around 2002 I took to sculpture, crafting works of scrap metal, savouring the possibilities of the expression as sculpture-unlike painting-offers viewers the joy of viewing works from all around. If this attribute is explored in its entirety then it transforms sculpture into an object that offers continual, changing and never-ending surprises and engagement. To me sculpture is an attempt to understand and realize more completely what form and shape are all about. Everything-from scrap metal to elements of nature-can offer a start for a new idea. These odds and ends ignite thoughts that go on to initiate a thread of creativity. I continue to enjoy sculpting and working with metal, and in periods of taking a break from working on canvases I refresh my creative energies creating metal works.
60 is indeed a milestone birthday phasing into a new decade of life…I was blessed to bring in my special day with people who have played an important role in my journey. The theme of the occasion was ’60 colours of joy!’ where I had my family, friends, badminton group who I have known right from the age of ten and till when I went onto becoming a National champion and my art patrons join me for an evening. The day brought back a lot of precious memories. Cheers for the years behind and to follow!
Dhiraj Choudhury was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim. My first association with him started in 1996. Dhiraj da was an extremely energised person over and above being an acclaimed senior artist who had an unusual knack of getting people together through art with his warm and friendly nature. I had the opportunity of meeting him at several occasions and also exhibiting my works with his for a duo show at the Nehru centre, Mumbai 2003… I always wanted to buy his works and it so happened that I was leaving for Pune from Delhi and he overnight made me my first piece of art as a collector… He was indeed a very prolific Artist…will always remember him with great respect and admiration…May his soul rest in peace.
Extending my formal study of human figures during my Masters, I painted nudes and figurative through the 1990s. For me nudes were never about it being erotic it was more to do with the classical sensuality, the form of the body, the contours of human form which has a very soft, linear and definite posture with a play of light and shade. According to me each artist has his or her own perception about the subject and receives it with different sensibilities.