Homesickness could be pretty much as good a muse as any and for Mumbai-based artist Siddharth Shingade, it actually was. In Secrets and techniques of the Soil, his ongoing solo exhibition in Bengaluru, the artist has captured the sights, sounds and wonders of his hometown.
Hailing from Tuljapur in southern Maharashtra, Siddharth was persuaded by his mom’s elder brother to take artwork critically. M. Shravasti, an artist in Pune, noticed his nephew’s drawings and inspired him to hone his expertise. “I did not know art could be a career choice until then,” says Siddharth, recalling how his uncle taught him primary methods in artwork and took him open air to sketch landscapes. “My uncle used to work on portraits, sketches and landscapes and I learnt a lot from him. He was my inspiration.”
After Class XII, Siddharth moved to Latur to pursue a diploma in artwork educating, shifting on to Mumbai after that to finish his artwork training at LS Raheja Faculty of Artwork. Nevertheless, life within the massive metropolis was not with out its share of hardships. “I struggled with everything in those days — food, accommodation, art material. It took time for me to get used to Mumbai,” he says, including, ”I felt I had left behind loads to achieve town. My village, the individuals I knew, the sunshine, soil, bushes, extensive open areas, the river and even the livestock, I missed all of it terribly, even after 5 years of being away.”
It was then that Siddharth took to capturing nostalgia on canvas. “If you look at my work, it all begins with life in the village,” he admits.
Folks headed for the fields, gossiping, weddings or naming ceremonies; pastoral scenes in earth tones started showing in his work.
Siddharth makes use of acrylic on canvas as he believes this medium most accurately fits him. “It does justice to my subject and I feel I am able to achieve the desired result in my work.” He additionally labored with watercolours and oils when he was beginning out however gave up the latter as he felt they didn’t set properly in Mumbai local weather.
“Acrylics have a language of their own and I am comfortable with them.”
The 26 canvases of various sizes and some sketches which comprise Secrets and techniques of the Soil had been executed in the course of the lockdown. A number of have a good time a rural way of life whereas others are the artist’s impression of scenes from mythology and spirituality. Krishna, Shiva and Parvati in addition to villagers going about their day by day chores are captured in shades of Nature.
Secrets and techniques of the Soil by Siddharth Shingade is on show at KYNKYNY Artwork Gallery until February 18.