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Shirish Deshpande

Belgaum, India 4 Followers

About Artist

Art for me is food for the soul. It encompasses my whole being, saturates the soul. Art inspires, illuminates, encourages, surprises, excites, provokes, calms, elevates emotionally as well as spiritually and connects ...

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Art for me is food for the soul. It encompasses my whole being, saturates the soul. Art inspires, illuminates, encourages, surprises, excites, provokes, calms, elevates emotionally as well as spiritually and connects soul to soul. On seeing my art, if the viewer experiences even one of these emotions, then we connect soul to soul.

As an artist the process of creating the artwork is important to me but I refuse to accept the limitations imposed by rules. I want to work in all styles, mediums and delve through many subjects and then draw conclusions at my own pace. I started to “paint” with the ball point pen. I have found that the simple ball pen with its fine line has a huge potential in allowing the artist to express his or her thoughts and emotions. Unlike painting with brush, where a single stroke can cover a large area with color, pen lines are very thin and there is a sense of creation at every stroke. It is very challenging to create innumerable tones by combining the limited available colors in ball point pens. I need to draw millions of lines to make my painting come alive!

Standing for a long time with a bad posture while making my ballpoint pen drawings, I started having severe back pain. It worsened as time passed by, may be because of lifting of heavy weight of parcels of paintings during travelling for my exhibitions. Soon I had to take complete bed rest and some pain killer treatment. In search for a permanent cure without medicines, I came accross a healing program based on Yoga and meditation. These exercises and meditation required me to focus my attention on the pain by going deep inside to the area where I felt the actual pain and soon I started having some visualizations filled with vibrant energy. I felt that there is so much going on inside the body that the urge to look outside for inspiration became meaningless for me. This made me paint a few canvases just in my imagination. When the back pain reduced and I started painting again, my very first work was an abstract of a new style. I did not plan or draw anything to begin with. I did not use a palette. Just inspired by a certain color, I poured it directly on the canvas. I used large size brushes, a special plastic tool with a zigzag edge that I made, a roller to spread the color. When I painted, I was just a third person watching it happen. I enjoyed the process of creation. As of now, I feel that I have just found something amazing and I feel an urgency to explore it further. I am using acrylic colors for my abstracts.

I also work with Oil colors. In oils, I love the dry brush technique. It allows me to create expressive textures with so much ease.

My subject matter deals with landscapes, portraits, abstracts as well as stylizations. Light plays a very important role in creating the required drama to draw the viewer in to my world. It could be a rustic village home or then dancing crops against a dramatic skyline. Towering boulders take my breath away. I paint with the motive that I finally achieve the result I initially have in my mind. Simple subject matter, good composition, boldness of forms, delicate line work and a little dramatization play a key role in the impact, my art has on the viewer.

In 1979 I passed out with a G.D.Art in Applied Arts from Abhinav Kala Vidyalay, Pune, India. For about 27 years I worked in the field of Communication Design and applied my creative talent in rendering a variety of art works for a number of clients which included Graphic design in all its variety.

After years of designing for varied people I came to the conclusion that I needed an outlet that would help me realize my creative potential in a more satisfying way. Art for me like for many other people became the most meaningful part of life and a source of much fun and relaxation. I hope that my paintings serve as a channel of expression and help the viewer understand my inner conflicts, fears, and tensions as well as my aspirations, hopes, and ideals. In the coming years I hope to venture in to every aspect of art and explore all its dimensions. I have just made a small beginning and I'm hoping that the average viewer in the gallery comes out feeling that he has seen something that provokes a reaction.


Apart from the oil and acrylic medium, I also make fine artworks using color ball point pens as my medium. I create full color effects and full scale gradation of tone by combining the fine lines within the limited range of colors available using cross hatching and various other rendering techniques. I work with a range of subjects. I like to work in both realistic and abrstact styles.

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  • BIODATA

  • About Artist

    Art for me is food for the soul. It encompasses my whole being, saturates the soul. Art inspires, illuminates, encourages, surprises, excites, provokes, calms, elevates emotionally as well as spiritually and connects soul to soul. On seeing my art, if the viewer experiences even one of these emotions, then we connect soul to soul.

    As an artist the process of creating the artwork is important to me but I refuse to accept the limitations imposed by rules. I want to work in all styles, mediums and delve through many subjects and then draw conclusions at my own pace. I started to “paint” with the ball point pen. I have found that the simple ball pen with its fine line has a huge potential in allowing the artist to express his or her thoughts and emotions. Unlike painting with brush, where a single stroke can cover a large area with color, pen lines are very thin and there is a sense of creation at every stroke. It is very challenging to create innumerable tones by combining the limited available colors in ball point pens. I need to draw millions of lines to make my painting come alive!

    Standing for a long time with a bad posture while making my ballpoint pen drawings, I started having severe back pain. It worsened as time passed by, may be because of lifting of heavy weight of parcels of paintings during travelling for my exhibitions. Soon I had to take complete bed rest and some pain killer treatment. In search for a permanent cure without medicines, I came accross a healing program based on Yoga and meditation. These exercises and meditation required me to focus my attention on the pain by going deep inside to the area where I felt the actual pain and soon I started having some visualizations filled with vibrant energy. I felt that there is so much going on inside the body that the urge to look outside for inspiration became meaningless for me. This made me paint a few canvases just in my imagination. When the back pain reduced and I started painting again, my very first work was an abstract of a new style. I did not plan or draw anything to begin with. I did not use a palette. Just inspired by a certain color, I poured it directly on the canvas. I used large size brushes, a special plastic tool with a zigzag edge that I made, a roller to spread the color. When I painted, I was just a third person watching it happen. I enjoyed the process of creation. As of now, I feel that I have just found something amazing and I feel an urgency to explore it further. I am using acrylic colors for my abstracts.

    I also work with Oil colors. In oils, I love the dry brush technique. It allows me to create expressive textures with so much ease.

    My subject matter deals with landscapes, portraits, abstracts as well as stylizations. Light plays a very important role in creating the required drama to draw the viewer in to my world. It could be a rustic village home or then dancing crops against a dramatic skyline. Towering boulders take my breath away. I paint with the motive that I finally achieve the result I initially have in my mind. Simple subject matter, good composition, boldness of forms, delicate line work and a little dramatization play a key role in the impact, my art has on the viewer.

    In 1979 I passed out with a G.D.Art in Applied Arts from Abhinav Kala Vidyalay, Pune, India. For about 27 years I worked in the field of Communication Design and applied my creative talent in rendering a variety of art works for a number of clients which included Graphic design in all its variety.

    After years of designing for varied people I came to the conclusion that I needed an outlet that would help me realize my creative potential in a more satisfying way. Art for me like for many other people became the most meaningful part of life and a source of much fun and relaxation. I hope that my paintings serve as a channel of expression and help the viewer understand my inner conflicts, fears, and tensions as well as my aspirations, hopes, and ideals. In the coming years I hope to venture in to every aspect of art and explore all its dimensions. I have just made a small beginning and I'm hoping that the average viewer in the gallery comes out feeling that he has seen something that provokes a reaction.


    Apart from the oil and acrylic medium, I also make fine artworks using color ball point pens as my medium. I create full color effects and full scale gradation of tone by combining the fine lines within the limited range of colors available using cross hatching and various other rendering techniques. I work with a range of subjects. I like to work in both realistic and abrstact styles.

  • Academics

    1979 Graphic Design (Applied), Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya, Pune, Maharashtra

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBTIONS


    2012 “Living with Lines” at Shahu Kaladalan, Kolhapur

    2011 The Tea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi

    2009 "Living with Lines" at Indiaart Gallery, Pune



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS


    2013 "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore

    2013 "Ingenious Eclecticism" at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

    2013 Mahaveer Bhavan, Belgaum

    2013 Demonstration at Balgandharva Kaladalan, Pune

    2012 Demonstration at GIT College of Architecture, Belgaum

    2012 Conducted demonstration and workshop, Pune

    2012 "Shree Krishnaya Namaha", Udupi Art Gallery, Udupi

    2012 Group Show "G-21", Coomarswamy, Kalaghoda, Mumbai

    2012 Demonstration & Group Show "Art Rhythm", Darpan Art Gallery, Pune

    2012 Demonstration & Workshop at The Film & Television Institute of India, Pune

    2012 Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the Annual Art Fair, Bangalore

    2012 Group Show “G 21” at Coomarswamy Hall, Mumbai

    2011 “Fantasy Group 2011” at Karnatak Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore

    2011 "Chitrasanthe" the annual art fare at Bangalore

    2010 "Colors of India" at Nice Airport Lounge, Nice, France

    2010 "Timeless Moments" at Epicentre, Gurgaon

    2010 "The Sacred Space" at Epicentre, Gurgaon

    2010 "Chitrasanthe" the annual art fare at Bangalore

    2009 "Surfaces & Spaces", at Balgandharva Kaladalan, Pune


    Shows
    2009
    First Solo Show "Living with Lines" at Indiaart Gallery, Pune, India from 2nd July to 8th July 2009.
    Group Show "Surfaces & Spaces", at Balgandharva Kaladalan, Pune. from 25th Nov. to 27th Nov. 2009.
    2010
    Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 31 January 2010.
    Group Show "The Sacred Space" at Epicentre, Gurgaon from 24th to 30th September 2010.
    Group Show "Timeless Moments" at Epicentre, Gurgaon from 28th to 30th November 2010.
    Group Show "Colors of India" at Nice Airport Lounge, Nice, France from 4th Dec.2010 to 25th Feb. 2011.
    2011
    Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 30 January 2011.
    Live painting session and Solo Show at The Tea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi from 21st to 27th March 2011.
    Group Show "Fantasy Group 2011" at Karnatak Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore from 21st to 24th November 2011.
    Solo Show "Living with Lines" at Swapnagandha Resort, Chorla Ghat near Goa, India from 26th Dec, to 29th Dec 2011.
    2012
    Solo Show "Living with Lines" at Shahu Kala Dalan, Kolhapur, India from 19th Jan. to 25th Jan. 2012.
    Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 29 January 2012.
    Demonstration at GIT College of Architecture, Belgaum on 24th Feb. 2012
    Conducted demonstration and workshop in Pune 8th to 10th May 2012.
    Group Show "Shree Krishnaya Namaha" at Udupi Art Gallery, Udupi from 23rd to 31st May 2012.
    Group Show "G-21" at Coomarswamy, Kalaghoda, Mumbai from 8th to 10th June 2012.
    Demonstration & Group Show "Art Rhythm" at Darpan Art Gallery, Pune from 27th to 31st Dec 2012.
    Demonstration & Workshop at The Film & Television Institute of India, Pune on 31st Dec 2012.
    2013
    Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 27 January 2013.
    Group Show "Ingenious Eclecticism" at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from 10th to 16th March 2013.
    Group Show at Art Gallery, Mahaveer Bhavan, Belgaum from 15th to 18th April 2013.
    Demonstration at Balgandharva Kaladalan, Pune on 1st May 2013.
    Group Show "Mumbaism" at NCPA, Mumbai from 22nd to 27th Sept 2013.
    Duet Show at Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore from 11th to 17th Oct. 2013.
    Particiaption in "AIFACS" 86th National Level Art Show inNew Delhi from 11 to 30 December 2013.
    2014
    Particiaption in 2nd international "Jaipur Art Festival" at Jaipur, From 19 to 25 March 2014.
    Group Show at Art Gallery, Mahaveer Bhavan, Belgaum from 19th to 21st April 2014.
    Group Show at Brushstrokes Art Gallery, J.M. Road, Pune from 17th to 24st September 2014.
    2015
    Conducted art camp for school children at SSRVM, Belgaum on 9th Jan 2015.
    Group Show in Art & the City, Sutlaj Club, Ludhiana from 11th to 13st April 2015.

  • Award & Recognition

    Achievements
    I am a popular Ballpoint pen artist on the Facebook and I was listed 9th in top 100 ballpoint pen artists of the world in 2010. I have fans all over the world who like my artworks. One of my drawing was chosen for an international calender by artwanted.com for year 2010. My art was featured in TV programmes on ETv (Sep.2011) and Zee TV (Jan 2012). One of my ballpoint pen drawings was selected by AIFACS, Delhi for the annual art competition. (Dec.2013). Many articles and interviews are published on internet about me and my art.

    My artworks are in collection of various art lovers in India, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada and USA.

  • Testimonial

    I am delighted to have discovered Mojarto; an excellent idea and a godsend to all artists, especially those of us who are emerging (from our shells, presumably). The entire staff is top-notch professionals who strive to use ART as a life-enriching tool for artists as well as the collectors. They do a stellar job of seeing to my needs, listening to my suggestions and actually acting on them. Having promoters who are artists themselves really makes a huge difference in understanding an artists needs. Positive affirmation is one of the most effective ways to foster motivation and champion the art novice. Thank you for the opportunities you provide through consistent sales, regular promotions and features on your website and on social media - its apparent that the exposure factor goes beyond what we realize! I look forward to a very long association with Mojarto.

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