Working primarily with ink on canvas, Umakant Kanade’s paintings usually depict elements of nature in their most bare and basic forms. The artist works hard to bring out the texture of each rock or bird that he portrays through minute strokes.
Born in 1965 in Maharashtra, Umakant Kanade completed his art education from the Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune in 1990. Working primarily in ink on canvas, Kanade’s paintings usually depict elements of nature in their most bare and basic forms. The artist painfully labours to bring out the texture of each rock or bird that he portrays through minute strokes. Speaking about his work, he says “I have tried to explain a concept through these drawings. When I look at stone, I think of tolerance, its patience, its strength to be able to bear the storms. I think even stones depict sensitivity, and are part of life, seeing the colorful world in black and white. Observing tones and colours and then converting them into black and white is a difficult task.”
The artist has had several solo exhibitions, including six in the year 2008 at Art 2 Day Gallery and J Studio Art Gallery in Pune; Shree Rang Art Gallery and Delhi Art Gallery in New Delhi; Samsara Art Gallery in Mumbai; and Creative Art Gallery in Dubai. He has also had shows at Crimson Art Gallery, in Bangalore; and Bal Gandharava Kala Dalan in Pune. Kanade’s work has been featured as a part of group shows at Virgo Art Gallery in Patna; and the Chitari Academy of Fine Arts in Pune.
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