For most Mumbaikars, artist Sudhir Patwardhan’s drawings will strike a chord. Whether it is the image of a man ruminating inside an autorickshaw (Autothink) or of a lone woman navigating a sea of vehicles (Woman in a crowd), people staring out of windows (Window III) or a wild melee of people in front of CST station (VT Station), Patwardhan has managed to capture the experience of travelling in Mumbai.
Speaking about the sketches, Patwardhan says, “Some of the drawings at Jehangir Art Gallery were done in the last four years, but mostly they were sketched during the last year or so. While many were done using brush and acrylic paint, some are in charcoal. A few are large in size, which is special for me.”
The exhibition will include 21 drawings in all. “They speak of the experience of traveling and moving in the city,” he explains, adding that there is no particular message that he wishes to convey through his art. “Art does not give out messages. It gives expression to one’s experience,” he states.
While Jehangir Art Gallery will exhibit his drawings, a parallel exhibition of Patwardhan’s paintings is also on at The Guild. “The paintings at The Guild are mostly from the past two years. Some deal with personal, family experiences; some with the city and its changing character.”
The artist adds that most of his exhibitions include some drawings: “I have also had large exhibitions of just drawings in 1994-5 and 2007-8. I also curated a show of ten artists’ drawings last year at Sudarshan Gallery, Pune and for The Guild, Mumbai.”
On December 4, Rekhachitravichar, a book on Patwardhan’s drawings written by Ranjit Hoskote and translated in Marathi by Dilip Ranade was released. Speaking about the book, Patwardhan says, “Rekhachitravichar, as the title suggests, is about the thinking process behind an artist’s drawings.
Poet and critic Ranjit Hoskote and I had a long conversation about my drawings, which was published as Crafting of Reality by The Guild Gallery. Artist Dilip Ranade, who is curator at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalya (CSMVS) has translated this book into Marathi.”