Regarding his palette, Yashwant Deshmukh says, “I don't go for ‘fresh’ colours since I often want to depict the lack of movement, or the deadness, the stillness of space. I mostly use grey colours”. In his painting, colours help define the tones and intensity of space. The artist mostly works in acrylic on canvas, and relishes the transparency through which the surface of the canvas is seen, and the permanency of each layer applied. At times, the colour itself serves as a negative area in the painting when its basic function is to describe and state the nature of the form.
“The forms I draw create invisible planes and it is the interaction of these planes with the negative space surrounding them that is the inspiration for my creative drive”, he adds. The artist is known to insert objects of daily use such as a bucket or a funnel on his surfaces. The former, as the artist puts it, are all individual protagonists to be viewed strictly in relation with the space in which they levitate. By employing these objects he investigates the metaphysics of space and form.
Born in the Akola district of Maharashtra in 1963, Yashwant Deshmukh completed his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1988. In a career spanning close to two decades, the talented artist has crossed many milestones. In 1993, he won the Bendre- Husain Scholarship, Mumbai; and in 2001, he was invited to participate in the third Biennial organized by Bose Pacia Modern, New York.
Among his major solo shows are 'Regarding the Cone' at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, and ‘Circling the Mountain of Light’ at Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai, both in 2008; ‘Maverick of Inert’ organized by Bombay Art Gallery at Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, in 2007; and ‘Space Within’ at Bombay Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006.
Deshmukh’s work has been a part of several group shows including 'Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image' at Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore, in 2009; 'Homage to Matter' at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2009; 'Keep Drawing' at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, and 'Point and Line to Plane VI' at Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, both in 2008; ‘Does Size Matter’ at Art Konsult, New Delhi; ‘Reading Paint-Spring 2007’ at Gallery Soul flower, Bangkok; ‘Imprints’ at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo; and Understanding Oneness in Diversity’ at Kitab Mahal, Mumbai, all in 2007. In 2007, the artist also had a joint show with Yogesh Rawal, at Viart, New Delhi.