This series of paintings ‘Living Lines at 360⁰’ is an extension and elaboration of Ashok Hinge’s earlier series ‘Living Lines’. It is a thoughtful progress in the earlier developed concept of painting common man and society work.
The concept at 360⁰ is nothing but artist’s broadened experience of the world around him. It is a meticulous observation that has now intensified, with understanding and knowing the core nature, behavior, body language and approach of all types of people in the society.
In the process of his observation and development of this concept he has simplified the human form, as he finds and states “We are nothing but geometric figures only”. This simplification also has profundity of each painted or sketched character. Importantly, he has sublimated his characters, and this is a splendid progress. Hinge’s paintings exemplify the similarity in character that can be found in different people wherever we go; just like the artist finds them around 360⁰. Paintings also create sensation in the viewers that at least one of them is based on their own character. The artist is projecting the sweat of people, through the dripping white colour to indicate hard work for success. Though this series, Hinge has showcased subjects like family bonding, gathering, celebration, union of friends & crowded market places which create rhythmic movements in the paintings. So the visual effects of the simplified images not only seem ‘attractive to the eyes’ but also ‘strikes the mind’.
|Recent work by Ashok Hinge- Mumbai|
One more development that we see in this series is: the use of colours. Now, instead of restricting to painting and sketching black and white figures, the artist has experimented with various mediums, like - ink, acrylic and water colours. He is instigated to use colours in this series because, with times, he has realized that every personality is unique in its behavior and approach and he has highlighted it through the use of colours to bring it to your notice. Every colour speaks of the body language and psyche of the character in each image. Even the crowd of people and their mental state can be read from the sketches and the colours used. Interestingly, black and white attracted our attention to the concept of common man in society and now the addition of colours makes us read the image as individual characters.
Those who have been following Ashok Hinge and his creation would certainly feel the ‘Freudian instinct’ foraying in him.
The exhibition is not only going to be a visual treat but a speculation of an observational excursion of artist’s mind. Let us visit and get intellectually nourished by giving a thought to the manner in which the artist cultivates his idea and elegances in his paintings to make them more enthraling.
The exhibition will be held at
Nehru Centre Art Gallery (Circular) - Discovery Of India Building, Ground Floor, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai - 400018,
From: 7th March to 13th March 2017
Between: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m
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