Thursday, May 23, 2013

Carrying forward a rich artistic legacy

Achievements and recognition that his father - also his guide, mentor and teacher, got have been a constant source of inspiration, albeit bringing with it an added sense of responsibility, for Ratnadeep Adivrekar. Art lovers obviously have high expectations from him. And he hasn’t let them down, gradually creating an identity for himself, in the process.

Gopal Adivrekar, a master painter, was renowned for captivating canvases that drew from the beautiful coastline of scenic Konkan - its pristine sea, black rocks glistening in the glowing sun, golden sands, clouds, and birds. An eminent abstract painter of his times, he took the genre of non-figurative art to a new high with his imagination and innovation. His son Ratnadeep, on the other hand, has achieved specialization in post-modern art.

The upcoming and talented artist carries a proud legacy that he wants to stay true to, as he has said: “Being his son, people do have certain expectations from me. I, however, through my work have managed to build my own identity."

The artist did his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1997. His ‘Memoirs of The Unreal City’ won him the ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ award at the Harmony show in 2003. The panel of judges, which comprised eminent personalities like Dr. Sarayu Doshi, Harsh Goenka, Dilip De, Vickram Sethi, Tina Ambani and Mala Singh, lauded him as an artist ‘with a distinctly unique style that captures the viewer's attention.’

He won the Bendre Hussain Scholarship in 2002 and received the Maharashtra State Art Award in the same year apart from securing National Scholarship by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi (2001). Among other awards won by him are The Governors Prize, The Bombay Art Society (1999), and Merit Certificate at The Bombay Art Society exhibitions (1994, 96).

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