Holy Banaras

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Size : 24 X 18 in | 61 X 45.7 cm
Medium : Mixed Media on Canvas
Style : Expressionism
Created in : 2020
Sold by : Artist
Surface : Shipped Rolled unless rolling not possible
Lot No : MA289824
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somnath Bothe Profile
411060, India
About Artist

I born in 1982 in a small village called Paithan, District - Aurangabad, Maharashtra & working in a city (Pune, Maharashtra) as an artist. I obtained Diploma in Art from Mumbai University (Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune). I have received Gold Medal, Royal Academy, National Level, Gulbarga, Karnataka; Gold Medal, National College Student “Varnika Manav Sanket”, Ujjain & Silver Medal, National College Student “Kalawart Nyas”, Ujjain also. My journey in art field began with landscapes and portraits. I started thinking about sensitivity and intent of the paintings… As my entire childhood was spending in village, a very close relationship with the village. “A deep rooted respect for ‘nature’ and ‘humility’ is the inspiration for my paintings”. Then education and living in city life created new sensitivities and understandings… the blend of these different environments and cultures indirectly flowed in my painting… My paintings are colorful, vibrant, nostalgic at times, and sheer conversational pieces. Subdued and quiet by nature paintings is my language. I have my own way of showing my creations. My color schemes are modern and flashy but this is intentional, to remind us of the importance of historical places. The fusion of rainy season and historical places in cities and villages constitute the subjects of my paintings. Now painting is not just a technique, it has become a medium of expression for me. Somnath Bothe's creations represent a beautiful blend of varied geographies and cultures. The passion for cherishing humanity, love and affection, fusion of village and city life are the subjects of his works and folk human figures find a central place in most of his artworks.

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Banaras is the place which has an intimate connection with a host of legendary figures and mythical characters like Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Shankaracharya, Ramanuja and Patanjali. It is a veritable paradise for Hindu pilgrims, who throng the Ghats of the Ganges for spiritual rewards like deliverance from sin and attainment of heavenly bliss and emancipation from the eternal cycle of birth and death. This, one of the most visited holy places of the planet has been diligently displayed in my creations. Each canvas being a sole example of its idiosyncraticism, has revealed my enormous artistic sensibilities. I have captured the beauty of the city with a microscopic eye, bringing for viewers the gentle waters of the Ganges, the boat rides, the morning worships at sunrise, the evening Ganga aartis’, the high banks of the ancient ghats, the array of shrines, the myriad temple spires, the palaces at water's edge, the ashrams, the pavilions and the palm and cane parasols. Looking at this painting, the viewer drives through the enigmatic voyage of peacefulness and spirituality. The chanting of mantras, the fragrance of incense, the smoke of lamps, the devotional hymns - all slowly comes to you. An atmospheric aura is formulated that fills the air with devotion. By offering this mystifying experience I proficiently transcends the beholder from this world to the divine world. With brush and paint I construct an imaginative alley for the viewer to allow him to walk inside the frame. The appealing picturesque beauty, the grandiosity and the vastness produced, takes him on a sublime journey. The spectator no-more remains just the spectator but instead becomes the member of the picture. He is automatically absorbed and thus instinctively becomes part of the entire painted scenario. This is how I successfully create an intricate connection between the watcher and the work of art. Every painting portrays Ganga emphasizing on the main essences of Benaras. This is how I deftly sheds light on the true spirit of the city and offers altogether a different experience through my paintings. I create this symbolic, not realistic. So It looks like dramatic world.