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Letting the canvas speak

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PRIYA RATHNAM
Published Sep 6, 2019, 12:04 am IST
Updated Sep 6, 2019, 12:04 am IST
Artist Amrish Malvankar, who will be the only Indian to showcase his work at an international painting symposium in Slovakia soon.
Artist Amrish Malvankar
 Artist Amrish Malvankar

Bengaluru-based artist Amrish Malvankar is the only one from India chosen amongst painting enthusiasts from far corners of the globe to participate in the eighth International Painting Symposium titled ‘The Golden Garden 2019’, soon to be held in Slovakia. He will enjoy the prestige of creating two works of art at the venue and exhibiting them there for 10 days.  

An architect by profession, Amrish has an inherent eye for detail and aesthetic beauty. He asserts, “Having a natural inclination towards the fine arts, I always excelled in the use of colours across various media from a very young age. What will catch your eye in my paintings is the unusual mix of colours and media that I tend to experiment with. Water colours, ink, oil paints, sketching and acrylic are all part of the extensive palette of expressions that I work with.”

 

With his keen interest in the fine arts, especially to combine unusual colours since childhood, it took two years for Amrish to exhibit his work. His wife has been instrumental in giving him the backing he needed during this period. “With her support, I put up a show in 2010 and was overwhelmed with the response I got from art patrons,” says the man who believes that every individual has an artist within.

The canvas gives Amrish the freedom to express without the use of a single word. Amrish’s work is inundated with what-ifs and filled with energy and emotions.

These abstract painting techniques allow freedom and will connect the soul with joy or calm or other deep emotions he means to convey. The artist avers that he lets the canvas guide him. He explains, “In this particular non-objective painting style, I follow the path of least resistance for my ideas to flow in and give me a sense of freedom. I sit in front of the canvas and let it speak to me. Starting with one colour and brush, I watch the colours start flowing in and slowly taking shape.I watch my painting come alive and call out to guide me in a certain direction, telling me what is to be improved and what has to be the focal point.”  

Despite having more than 30 exhibitions nationally and internationally under his belt, he says, “I still struggle to know when my painting is in its complete form. I’m still working on a few canvases on which I first put my brush years back!”

 

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