Monday 19 October 2015

Clinging to manifest emotional ties - Pick one artist Solo show By Ashok Hinge

Ashok Hinge‘s involvement with black ink and one stroke paintings have worked wonders. With the time, his art has intensified to the extent that it seems he has developed his own language of ‘stroked alphabets’ especially drawn in black ink. I have been following his paintings and appreciate his spontaneous expressions. His passion for black has also made such an intense impression that it is hard to imagine the images in colour other than black ink.
(Artist Ashok Hinge file photo cop right Art

Coming up online solo exhibition at Pick-one artist online gallery is an extension of his established style of painting. All the paintings are done in Chinese black ink. In this series he presents his concepts in novel and unique way of twisting and turning creepers and climbers in human forms. These people seem to be in tête-à-tête with each other.

Though I know that he has passion for mundane activities and people, I still decided to peep in his thoughts for shaping creepers and climbers in such a unique way. He enthusiastically spoke about his work.

Like every other work it is a continuous entity, I had first thought of how to paint it till the end effect. The creepers from nature inspired me and shaped my images without break. Therefore you do not find layers of patches, whatever is created is at one go, keeping in mind that theme should also project the base i.e. the entirety of creepers. 

This work is the abstraction of creeper, weak steamed plants those can grow nicely with the support. We too are social animals and rely on each other for living and survival just like these plants. We, human beings also start growing with the support of Gurus and guides who help us grow and feel alive. Without support or guidance you keep struggling on the ground and sometimes you feel dead too. Life is beautiful when you are with good people and Gurus.  Otherwise you are no less than live-dead bodies.
(Recent work on

But life is not just black and white, it is colourful. Painters express themselves using varied hues. I was curious to know his personal view about colours that play major role in creating the aura and emotional set up of the concept, and what was his take on using single black ink? Didn’t it put restrictions on emoting the feelings? To this, he was quickly reacted saying, No, limiting my work in black ink do not hinder the expressions. As I always say, displaying maximum using minimal has more lucidity. I love to make use of minimal widens the scope for viewers, as they have wider scope to analyse and admire paintings according to their sensibility. I am not against use of colours but at the moment if I use colours I will feel the escapist who is not able to state exactly what I feel.

(Ashok Hinge inspired by Illustrator Andy Warhol was one of the most prolific and popular artists of his time, using both avant-garde and highly commercial sensibilities.)  Copyright Photo courtesy by

When asked about artists migrating in painting profession from commercial field, he said, I was also Commercial designer and did Calligraphy. One thing that we should not forget is that being in commercial field also involved creative thinking, but the only difference was that of approach- It was more target oriented. So I can say that creativity is not new and has continued till date, in fact became more matured in terms of expressing Self. The difference is, now I do not have target audience and viewers are free to interpret and admire my work at their will. USP doesn’t matter because it is entirely subjective concept whether accepted or not. Being in commercial creativity had not only extracted my creative output for targets, but during that phase I learnt abstractions of words with meanings associated to them and their charismatic allure drew me to put the words in images. Back then and till date I like simplicity in my images. To my bliss, people too liked this simplicity and complimented me by asking to see more of such creations. Thereon my journey as a painter started and now I am completely involved in it. My art is well supported by art-lovers and great contemporary artists. So indirectly, I can say I am a Shishyaof all my Gurus-critics (good/bad), who have guided and oriented me to be thoughtful throughout my career.

I enjoy this freedom of expression and plan to explore deeper in the mysteries of creativity. 

Pick one Artist invite 
Log on solo show: 1st Nov to 30th Nov 2015

By Pankaja JK.

Sunday 11 October 2015



As an artist, I evolved from painting popular images, contemporary miniatures to Sculpting exquisite bikinis and devising equally intricate chastity belts.

My creative and artistic impressions of the popular art all along, is social statement too. Artists live in a pluralistic world, reflecting and expressing this pluralism in their art. An artist like any other sensitive human being can be as disturbed by the suffering, natural calamities, death in humanity as he/she can draw inspiration from feminine beauty which is an integral part of pluralism.

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Tuesday 6 October 2015

Compendium of Thoughts- Paintings by Vijay Achrekar

Nothing is larger than Life. Abstract art presents its definition and vastness metaphorically. “Let my art speak for me.”, was a subdued answer given by the artist to me, when I asked him to speak about his art. Truly, his visual expression is excellent and captivating. His thoughtfulness is clearly seen in his paintings. A gold medalist from LS. Raheja College was determined to be an artist from his early childhood. 

Starting with realistic expressions, he has now progressed onto express in abstract form. His entire career journey shows us that he is inspired to paint what he sees around, whether beauty or harsh realities. Paintings are his personal reactions and anticipations of situations.
He paints each and any subject that strikes his thoughts and urges him to express his thoughts on it, in visual form. The common vibe of all paintings are, the clarity and beauty. 

Expression are uncomplicated and can be easily interpreted without hassle. His experimentation with varied topics have been impressive because of the various techniques that he adopts. In this series we find that he has used mason’s tool, the trowel, not only for smoothening the texture of canvas, but its form is also seen in the painting that can be interpreted as the symbol of a reason or influence that would help levelling, spreading peace in upheaval order of today’s state of nation. 

 Artist Vijay Achrekar (copyright image by artist)

He is aware that people are distracted and disturbed by wrong influences and are getting detached from social interactions due to self-centred motives. This must be immediately controlled. No! But wiped away completely for having good will and peace around. To represent this thought, he paints triangles. Triangle is basically, a geometrically represented metaphor of developmental, cultural and social psychology.  It also shows relation between individuals and individual and society. In one of his paintings two triangles are joined at one angle, so it is quite possible that artist is hopeful to find a way to bring harmony in the society. Thus, anticipating the peaceful future.

(Recent work by Vijay Achrekar)
Along with the effective concept, artist also concentrates on basic necessity of abstract creation i.e. use of colours. He deliberately uses vibrant colours. Different colours are combined for perfect intensity and it becomes more effective with his improvised technique of smoothening the surface of canvas before painting, to give a free flow and suave effect.   

Right from his student days, his art has always made an impression on the viewer; provoking some or the other kind of reaction. Brushing off the positive or negative reaction, he is gratified by their interest in his creations. He carries on painting his thoughts with serenity without bothering about consequences. Since he does not follow any ‘ism’ or great artist, his art is free from any influence. Whatever strikes his mind and appeals him to express, is put on the canvas. He always experiments using new techniques to enhance his work. His overall journey as an artist shows his profound interest in realistic subjects and not imaginative or world of fantasy.  

By Pankaja JK.