My Work

I am obsessed with tantric forms and symbols which are so basic and primary & keep recurring and reemerging as I reinvent them for my artistic creations. There are triangles, circles, squares that are sometimes stand alone elements in my work and at others in a mix and match or merging forms. The texture of my work is tactile though it is variable in its form and feel depending on the theme and the focus of the work and the media I am playing with. I pay special attention to my compositions which have the dynamic and static quality simultaneously.
 
More recently I have moved towards minimalist approach in my art and the tantric forms are more subtle and suggestive rather than overtly so, there is a sense of opening out and defying enclosed space in the same composition, which is a trademark of my creative style. Rhythm and movement form the integral part of my creations.

Presently I am working on five vital elements of life (air/water/fire/space/earth).
The focus for much of my recent work is a struggle between the inner and the outer worlds and the five elements that make the universe. Fire is seen to engulf the peace within and around in ‘Jwala’ and ‘Agni’ and in ‘Moksha’ there is an enticing synergy between fire and water and then water and space within a single frame. The shades of greens and browns in “Dharitri & Bhoomi” represent air and earth. It is these five primary elements that I would like the viewer to experience through my varied body of work on display , which attempt to link the spiritual with the worldly forces.

My fascination with these elements is not confined to this theme alone. It is also manifested in my use of material. Noteworthy are my smaller works replete with a wide range of metal in different shapes and forms be they circular holes or squares or rectangles-.The shapes cut within the metal forms merge with the colours which are endowed my paintings with. There is brass, copper, steel, iron and even silver to give each work the special element to add to the meaning and a dramatic effect.

By Gopal Namjoshi