Earthy strokes

Sachin Muley’s works are inspired by the effects of globalisation on the overall environment

Published: July 5, 2012 4:45:20 am

Sachin Muley’s works are inspired by the effects of globalisation on the overall environment

For many Puneites,daily life is defined by the city’s bustling crowds,construction noises and bumper-to-bumper traffic. However,for 35-year-old painter,Sachin Muley,these seemingly innocuous aspects of day-to-day life signify destruction,as rapid population growth and globalization take their toll on the environment. These themes have served as a source of inspiration for his abstract painting exhibition titled ‘Abstract Strokes’.

In his abstract acrylic paintings,on display at Grubshup on Law College Road,Muley uses clean lines and a vivid primary colour scheme to depict the negative effects our modern lifestyles have had on the earth. According to Muley,the city’s growing population has had devastating effects on the environment that can be seen and felt in all aspects of life in Pune. “Whenever I’m at a traffic signal waiting for the light to change,all I see is a large crowd and traffic. Then I am reminded of the effects that our growing population has on the environment,” Muley says.

By incorporating human images into his otherwise abstract pieces,Muley seeks to directly portray the past and future impacts of humans on the environment. “As the population grows,the effects of humans on the environment are felt more and more and the decline of the environment will only pose more problems,” adds the artist.

The artiste’s set of 40 acrylic paintings,not only build on his concern for the changing fabric of the city but also his life-long interest in artistic expression. “I have been very artistic since I was a child and was clear from the beginning that this is what I want to do in life,” he says.

From the time he graduated from the University of Bombay in 2001 with a degree in drawing and painting,Muley says,his artwork has been constantly evolving. “I’m still in the learning process,but I love the satisfaction that I get when I finish a piece,” he says. A commercial artiste and illustrator by profession,Muley says he has been moving more toward fine arts,and particularly abstract painting,because he finds it very expressive and yet simple.

After finishing the pieces for his current exhibition,Muley turned to a new medium and a new theme for his next artistic endeavor. Using charcoal rather than acrylic paint,he has begun depicting the story of the Raavan — the antagonist from the legend ‘Ramayana’ — as well as the Warkari. Muley will be hosting a charcoal demonstration at the Grubshup on July 8 to teach others the techniques used in his upcoming exhibition.

(‘Artistic Stokes’ will be on display at the Grubshup till July 10)

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