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All Things Sublime

Ahead of his exhibition in the city,Hoshnar Kaikobad on how his art can be best described as ‘Impressionistic realism’.

Hoshnar Kaikobad had made up his mind early in life. While he was in school,he decided that he wanted to become an artist. So,no sooner had he cleared Class XII that he decided to join an art school. During his five-year stint at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya,Kaikobad also discovered what stream of painting appealed to him the most. Now,having exhibited at several solo and group shows,the artist brings another one to his hometown at Hotel Sun and Sand,Bund Garden,on December 21 and 22.

The upcoming exhibition will have paintings from previous series and those done in 2013. “The paintings are a by-product of my travels,” says Kaikobad,adding,“Travelling and painting happen to be my principal passions and nothing better than combining the two.” The paintings to be displayed here are a mix of charcoal works and those rendered in oil.

All the works are inspired by his travels to Ladakh,the Northeast and Goa. While most of the charcoal works have been created on the spot,the others were first sketched and then finished in the studio. “The process of sketching spectacles while travelling is a great alternative to clicking pictures on a trip,” says the artist. As far as the subjects go,Kaikobad has worked with still lives,portraits and landscapes.

The still lives are relatively newer works. “They stemmed from my belief that life exists in every object,and that’s reason enough to paint them. Yet,the objects that have been painted aren’t random altogether,” says Kaikobad. The objects he has made subjects of are usually quite exquisite. “These are usually rare items or antiques. One often comes across these at old Parsi households. For example,a friend’s mother who recently visited Morocco and Greece came back bearing black porcelain articles and Chinese vases. I found them incredible and she was sweet enough to let me sit at her place and paint,” says Kaikobad.

The landscapes,Kaikobad says,were chance-upons during his travels. The lush green fields with contrasting patches of golden,under azure skies with whisked cotton clouds all point at an Impressionistic tendency. “Yes,I could label my art best as Impressionistic realism,” says Kaikobad,adding,“The Impressionist touch lies in not wanting to apply several layers of paint while working with oil.”

From the start,Kaikobad says his mind was captivated by realism and Impressionism. “I dabbled with these forms in the art school as well,” he adds. “Somehow,I was never attracted to abstract forms of art school. Even while studying art,I was more interested in Renaissance and Impressionist paintings. I studied them closely,” he says.

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While a component of his work is a melange of colours and realist forms,another component includes works in charcoal,which has been used to render the most charming subjects — women and landscapes. “Charcoal is interesting. Not many people prefer using it because it is hard to apply,but once you’ve understood the dynamics,it is very easy,” says Kaikobad,adding,“Charcoal art comes with another complexity — getting the tones right. In a way,it is like creating a black-and-white photograph. The tones must be astute to be able to give away that effect.”