Moving away from conventional, 30-year-old artist, Ujwal Pandekar, has developed a unique style of painting— that of replacing strokes with dots. “Every dot of paint has a shade and I created these shades on the canvas. The dots come together to create an image. There is no technique in this style of painting as it is total brushwork,” explains Pandekar, whose exhibition, titled Mood of Light, is currently on display and sale at Tulika Arts Gallery.
Definitely a work of labour and patience, it took Pandekar a month with eight to ten long hours of work to create a single painting. “As a child, I would observe my mother make quilts with small pieces of old clothes. The process of dot-style painting started developing from then. If you look at my paintings closely, the texture will seem like cloth, but it is just oil on canvass. I was not sure of what I was doing, but I did not stop myself. I kept going and ultimately developed my own style,” he says, modestly.
Originally from a village in Amravati, Pandekar states that it was his humble farm life has made an impression on him, which is reflected in his work. From painting billboards and hoardings, Pandekar, who has been painting for over a decade, has come a long way. For him, painting is a spontaneous overflow of expression, emotion and gesture through colour on canvas. “When light falls on a painting, the mood or impression of the object or face in the painting changes. Light and its shades play an important role in reflection of gesture. I understand different shapes, colours and structures and have fused them all in my work,” he explains.
Mood of Light, dot style paintings are on display and sale, at Tulika Arts Gallery, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel, till November 30, from 11 am to 7 pm. The paintings range from Rs 80,000 to Rs 1,90,000.