Painting as a medium has the ability to transform the human soul and take one back to one’s own soul, discover oneself and be liberated,” says artist Santosh Mahadik about the first ever joint exhibition that he is holding with his colleague Sachin Akalekar on April 4.
The exhibition has been titled Themes from Earth and Heaven, as the paintings display Mahadik’s love for rustic themes, doors, windows, and rural backgrounds which symbolises the earth and the artist’s tryst with freedom, liberty, and a sense of feeling free, which symbolises heaven. “Basically it is an exhibition where a perscan find reflections of life,” says Sachin Akalekar, the second partner from the artist’s duo.
Both Akalekar and Mahadik have been painting commercially for the last three years. While Sachin has had his paintings showcased at art festivals in Dubai and Goa, Mahadik
has to his credit exhibitions by Art for Heart’s Sake. Speaking more about this Sachin says, “Basically we both have full time jobs, while I am a web designer,
Santosh owns his own advertising studio, in spite of that we find time to pursue our interests in painting, as a result even though we know a lot about the finer nuances of painting we prefer to bill ourselves as commercial artists.”
Beginning on April 4, the exhibition will conclude on April 10, and will be held at the Indiaart Gallery. A total of 45 paintings will be on display and also for sale. The prices of which range from Rs 5000 – 1 lakh.
“The exhibition is basically a gift to our teacher,
Prof D S Khatawkar who taught us everything that we know about paintings today. The paintings are done in acrylic and have a myriad range of hues. The sizes of the canvas range from 4 by 4 ft. to 4 by 7 ft. This contemporary style gives the rural ethos a sense of timelessness and along with it ushers in a belief that combines beauty and magic and takes the person back in time to his or her own soul,” adds Mahadik