As she presents her paintings to the city,Toronto-based artist Swapnali Thakar elaborates upon her need to go beyond traditional colours,compositions and subjects
For Toronto-based artist Swapnali Thakar,visual arts is music that one listens to with the eyes while the strokes and hues establish a dialogue with the artist. Thakar is presently in the city for her first solo exhibition,Beyond Salt,at the Darpan Art Gallery,S B Road. Beyond Salt will showcase the use of water colours as a medium in ways that go beyond traditional techniques, says Thakar who has received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to conduct this exhibition in Pune.
I chose Pune because it is my home town and I want to share my works of art with my family and friends, Thakar says. She has been experimenting with water colours since her childhood. I come from a family of artists. When I was young,I knew that I could draw well but I never took it seriously. Only when I moved to Canada did I feel the urge to explore the ‘artist’ instincts within me. It was amazing how one’s talent can take over at a certain point in life, says Thakar who is a graphic designer in Toronto. “Painting is just an extension of my profession where I enjoy playing with colours,and composing and designing logos, she adds with a smile.
Beyond Salt is entirely done in water colours. Water colours fascinate me. It’s a very fluid medium. I can let it do what it wants to, Thakar says. The artist has always been keen on experimenting with this medium. She recalls paintings that she did as a child with twigs,sticks and plastic. Despite her experimental methods,she was not confident of showing them to people. “I thought they wouldn’t be appreciated because they broke the rules of tradition, she says.
She enjoys the dialogue between herself and the piece of art that she is creating. The decisions made around the choice of colour,composition and subject matter are so internal and deeply rooted that the art work seems to have a life of its own, she explains. She loves figurative paintings. I regularly attend sessions where models pose for artists in Toronto. There’s a certain energy prevalent that forces the mind to look beyond their skin. It is amazing to see how the skin absorbs and reflects light and colours, she describes.
In her brief visit to the city,she is looking forward to further experimenting with her work. Plans to collaborate with contemporary dancer Rishikesh Pawar to create paintings in sync with the dance moves are on the agenda.
(Her paintings will be on display at Darpan Art Gallery from February 8 – 14)