Bhavna Sonawane started with paintings on Mumbai because its culture fascinated her. She loved to bring alive Dharavi and Bhindi Bazaar and would bring out the struggle to survive in the city on her canvases. Born and brought up in Maharashtra, the city continues to be her source of inspiration. Now, however, she’s moved on to become spiritually bent. “I work on nature more now. My current set shows the harmony of lower life forms with nature. It’s my plea to people to not kill animals, birds and insects,” Sonawane says.
The artist, who graduated from the JJ School of Art, has been working on the present exhibition for over a year now. She has included 26 artworks, much of which are decorative and minutely illustrative.“The largest in the collection is a six by six foot canvas. I used acrylic paints and a metal foil to add lustre to the paintings. These metallic colours are easy to use because they are light. Although I use a lot of colours, you won’t find them too bright,” she explains.
All in harmony
Her colour usage is inspired by SH Raza and figures from Amrita Shergill. Earlier, Sonawane used to paint feminine figures, but human forms don’t interest her as much anymore. Her paintings like the pink lotuses and a bee show harmony of nature and animals. She developed the idea through her travels and treks. “I believe in simplicit— my life forms are not exaggerated. I love trees and forests. And I think it’s time we became environmentally conscious,” Sonawane signs off.