‘Dialog’ – with Yeshwanth Deshmukh

YESHWANT’s location as an artist in heartland of abstraction in Mumbai is a significant cultural and geographic entity. The overwhelming city urges one to react in diverse ways. He is like a snail and he does love his shell, his meditative still life emerge from the need to withdraw from the chaos to a world of order and quietness.

The legacy of abstraction that has been nurtured in this city. The two significant modern strains are the Pop and minimalism. One also has to recollect the significance of the late Prabhakar Barwe and his lessons in handling space, color and valorize the ordinary with a poetic sensibility.

Yeshwant has a grasp of the objects he paints, weaving the texture of their own simplicity.. They all suggest the ubiquitous object. These objects are part of our culture – objects we use in daily life – created by unknown designers. They are ergonomically designed by local urban product designers. These are objects are part of urban reality. He accentuates the lyrical and meditative elements of the object, preserving the resonance of these objects of everyday reality.

Drawing and sincere draftsmanship have shaped Yeshwant’s oeuvre as an artist. His study of objects and it’s simplification is an effort to grasp the form and the contours and the space in between.. He works from actual objects and retains their proportions; his monochromatic painterly treatment is an exercise in restrain. The space surrounding the objects is relatively neutral. They become intimate autobiographical evocations as seen in the works of the celebrated Italian painter Morandi who devoted his career to painting the still-life of every-day reality. One can draw parallels between both these artists’ sympathy towards, and celebration of, these humble objects.

Yeshwant celebrates the existence of these objects. They are recollected from the domestic space and captured in monochrome. Their sculptural qualities are highlighted .The play with scale makes them lager than life; He celebrates the ordinary and gives it the status of an icon. His objects grow beyond human scale and control. He limits his palette to a narrow range of tones which transform the objects into subtle poetic images; objects that symbolize the ordinary and are an extension of the body.

The illusion of geometry is harnessed to play with line and structural order of shapes on flat colored backgrounds. Formally he extends flattened spaces, hard edged grids and play with perspective reminiscent of urban environment. The artist has been exploring the phenomena of spatial perspective, and dialogues with colors with precision and assurance. The artist is able to create an eerie stillness and silence with these ubiquitous objects of utility and beauty. He desires to preserve the resonance of these objects, the human figure moves away leaving traces of a human presence. The heavily textured background has an abstract quality that creates spatial dimensions to locate his objects in focus. The pictorial devices are largely monochromatic colors in browns and grey.

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