About The Artist
Imagine Asia's biggest cattle fair ( or 'Pashumela' as it's called ) in a small village in Northern India. The fairground spreads over twenty four km. In its path is the house of a small boy named Dharmendra. This annual event excites & exposes his curious mind to the animal world. From the largest animal to the tiniest bird this expansive melee fascinated and *wet his creative juices. He would pencil trace the form of buffaloes, dogs, donkeys, ponies, Persian horses, rabbits, goats and elephantson paper. He mastered the animal form. Patna art college was a natural progression after which he tried to explore new directions in his work by joining a loosely formed artist community in Baroda. Soon after he moved to Pune & spent many years in advertising till a good samaritan convinced him to pursue art full time. Somehow providence brought him to Bhopal and in touch with Yusuf Yusuf ji. His realistic work took a twist here and it is at this time that he began experimenting with his forms. Fusing the animal form with the human being where each became a mirror of the other, taking the physical and at times the emotional traits of each other. Distorting and enhancing, merging and mixing the genders, at times infused with a touch of humour. He uses tiny pieces to experiment on, working his pencil relentlessly in short quick bursts. Only forms that really excite him get transferred to large canvases. He works in oils, water and enamels, acrylics and dry pastels.
The colours he uses are blended in softly within the thickly laid pencil outlines only as a suggestion of freshness. Though he works in a much explored genre, his imagination almost naturalises the complex content, making for a very wholesome and pleasant experience. And one is left wondering what the artist will bring next.