Sunday, 18 February 2018

Posthumous Solo Show of Late Pradeep Nerurkar, 20th Jehangir Art Gallery

When a painter leaves this world for ever we remember him through his paintings and his ideas, his habits, his choices, his views about his own life as well as others'. His dedication towards his work and his passionate approach towards the life and other things he loved. As a human being he helped others too to live their way. Because he never defer his own life from others. His personal relations with his family, friends and rest of the people amongst whom he lived were co-ordinal. As a painter and at the same time a part of the society he had a very sensitive yet sensible approach towards living. For him everything was a part of his world of painting.
Artist: Pradeep Nerurkar
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He never treated artistic work as special or separate or special kind of activity. It was for him a day to day breathing. His sense of personal and social life had immerged out of his social and humble behaviour. Therefore those whom he left behind are living their lives with all the memories and stories. These memories will always create the presence out of unseen presence of the beloved painter­Pradeep. They think that he has entered into their body, mind and soul along with his paintings to take care of them.

Pradeep Nerurkar has shown his unique presence as a highly innovative painter quite late in his career but the impact of his innovation has shocked his fellow­artists and the connoisseurs alike. His approach towards his work had been always experimental as he used to tell us that he wanted to invent a medium that would reflect his most delicate sense of expression. He developed a technique with a paper pulp soaked in water on which he would work with his hands loaded with colours and a mind impatient to pour out the unknown patches of space and some hidden wounds peeping out on the edges and some lost themselves to reveal their new existence. And finally he would looked into the coloured surface to see his identity, his silent poetry evaporated from the surface leaving behind the marks of her existence on the edge of the visual periphery in an evangelic way.

The works being shown in the present exhibition are from his several works he has left behind. They were built sensitively by him with utmost care, delicacy and the ingredients produced with long research and experiments. Each of them reflects the hard work, his emotional involvement and evocative urge with utmost spiritual feeling.

He left behind very sensitive and sensible works for us to cherish. Wherever he is, I am sure; he must be living without body but with spiritual colours on his fingers and passionate ideas in his eyes.
Long live his remembrance.

Prabhakar Kolte
Mumbai, 13th January 2018

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