Saturday 5 April 2014

The Legacy of the Master- Vilas Tonape

There is an anonymous quote that reads, “Art is the highest form of hope”; it propels us into a deeper understanding of creation, beauty and nature. Art gives so much to the human spirit, whether you’re standing before the greatest masterpieces in the world or your own canvas. Being an artist means more than simply expressing oneself; it is a story being told—a story of courage and truth, a story of hope. 
(Vilas Tonape in his studio)
Vilas Tonape is a man of extraordinary depth and expression. His roots go back to India where he first picked up the weapon of mass creation that would ignite a fire—a paintbrush. He has excelled in all he does, receiving his BFA in drawing and painting with distinction, from the Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Bombay and his MFA in painting from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. His work has been exhibited internationally in Bombay, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Ontario; he works in both figurative and non-representational modes.
"Rolando", 2011, Graphite on paper, 22" x 18"

He has competed across the United States and India, winning many awards that showcased his remarkable artistry in the field. Tonape has judged many artexhibitions, worked at several renowned schools and universities, and has conducted workshops and presented discourses at numerous venues. There is a natural magnetic energy surrounding the passion-infused professor. He engages people with professionalism and pride. Countless artists across the world have been under the watchful eye of Vilas Tonape, and have only bettered themselves because of his mentorship.
"Drunk Detective", 2014, Pastel on paper, 25" x 19"
Beyond all the awards, of which there are dozens upon dozens, beyond the numerous recommendations and features in magazines, beyond all of those lines on a resume, there is something that only can be recognized as a deep need to create. This fire in Tonape’s spirit is made evident when he stands before students and artists alike, blowing the dust off of the goldthat they already possess within. If teaching is required, then demonstrating what it is that the students must grasp, is vital. Vilas Tonape not only introduces concepts of the Renaissance and Baroque Masters, he exhibits the techniques before his students’ very eyes. He focuses solely on what his eye sees in human features or folds of cloth, and he lets his hands show his students the way. Poetry unrivaled in beauty and grace emerges on the canvas before Tonape, and with one small gesture or movement the subject jumps off the page. 
"Anna Lisa", 2014, Pastel on paper, 22" x 17"

With only mere words to convey what this man does to his students, I will say that he bestows a gift beyond measure to them—the gift of art. Tonape is a teacher, an educator, and above all, he is an artist. He challenges those around him to dig deeper into themselves. He pushes himself to get better with each pastel and each painting that he does, only accepting the utmost excellence. There are few in this world that are both artist and educator; there are even fewer who grant others the opportunity to discover the magnificent world of a paintbrush or pencil.

                                                Elliana Hillhouse
                                                Trinidad, Colorado, USA
Published : 2014 _ art blogazine

Friday 4 April 2014

PRESS RELEASE Exhibition: Contemporary Paintings of Avinash Godbole

PRESS RELEASE Exhibition: Contemporary Paintings of Avinash Godbole Date: April 14 – 21, 2014 Venue: Art Gate Gallery, Churchgate, Mumbai 

Byline: The Art Gate Gallery hosts an exhibition of contemporary paintings by Mumbai based Artist Avinash Godbole. 
(Artist: Avinash Godbole)

About the exhibition: In this solo exhibition Avinash Godbole is showcasing a body of 30 works, inspired by his own recovery from a stroke that left him crippled 11 years ago, and the gradual re-picking up of the brush one hand at a time. These paintings cover diverse subjects ranging from sexuality to philosophy, explorations of the human mind and resurgence from pain. What binds them together is the presence of emotions; whether it be the musician singing a soulful song or a human head - each conveys passion. The choice of colours is bold and the strokes strong and unwavering. Together they create paintings that not only move the viewer but stun with their intensity. 
(Untitled  :Acrylic On Canvas, 48 x 84"in by Avinash Godbole)

About the artist’s work: Godbole’s technique is expressive but his subjects introspective, as he deals with deep existentialist questions. Another recurrent subject is that of sexuality and how we human beings deal with or rather shuns it. Three years ago, Godbole created a series of 25 paintings describing his tryst with stroke. He was also invited to exhibit his paintings at the World Stroke Association's conference in Brazil last year. Hope is the message he wishes to convey to stroke patients and their families. This exhibition is a continuation and tangential progression to that theme. 
(Untitled  :Acrylic on handmade paper, 33 x 23"in by Avinash Godbole)

About the artist: Avinash Godbole graduated from the Sir J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai, in 1966. He taught in the same institute before working as a creative director in some of the top agencies across the country. All along his forte was and continues to be his illustrations. His work has been part of magazines and newspapers for over 30 years. He was inducted to the Commercial Artists Guild (CAG) Hall of fame in the year 1999. 

Godbole, though actively involved in advertising, always had painting as his first love. He continued to paint all along, through his hectic schedule. He has been showing his work regularly in galleries in Mumbai since 1997.  

The artist lives and works in Mumbai. 

He can be contacted at: +91 98206 57358 or emailed at

Exhibition details: April 14 – 20 (11.00 am to 7.00 pm) and April 21 from 11.00 am – 3.00 pm Art Gate Gallery 1st Floor (above Satyam Collection) Chheda Sadan 115, J Tata Road Churchgate Mumbai, India

Wednesday 2 April 2014

The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, at 2pm

Call for applications for Botín Foundation Visual Arts Grants and art workshop 2014
Carlos Garaicoa, Sin título, L.A. (Untitled, L.A.), 2005. Courtesy MoMA, New York.

International call for applications for Botín Foundation Visual Arts Grants and art workshop 2014

Application deadline: April 30, 2014
Botín FoundationPedrueca 1, 39003

T +34 942 226 072

Botín Foundation Visual Arts Grants and art workshop 2014The Botín Foundation, Spain’s leading private foundation in terms of the scale of its investment, launches an international call for its yearly Visual Arts Grants, and for its summer workshop, to be directed this year by Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa.
International Visual Arts Grants 22nd call 2014–2015The Visual Arts Grants provide artists with financial support for education, research and the undertaking of personal projects in the sphere of artistic work. To conclude the grant cycle, the Botín Foundation organizes a group exhibition featuring works by all the grantees, and accompanied by a catalogue. The call is open to individuals of any nationality; applicants must be over 23 and under 40. 
The deadline for submitting applications is April 30, at 2pm. All applications must be filled out online The other documents must be sent to the Botín Foundation in Santander. Works of artists selected in the last edition can be seen in the video of Itinerarios 2012–2013 here.
Summer workshopThe workshop will be led by Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa and will take place in Santander (North of Spain) from June 30 to July 11. The workshop will admit a maximum of 15 artists. Applicants from any nationality will be considered. Participants who do not reside in Cantabria will be provided with free shared accommodation and a stipend of 455 Euros, paid at the end of the workshop. Applications must be submitted online by April 30.
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Call for applications for Botín Foundation Visual Arts Grants and art workshop 2014