Friday, May 23, 2008
Art education at Sir.J.J.School? 40 yrs back it was more than a livinig dreams,for a farmer's son of bilashi ...a small village of sangli dist.maharashtra.india.In the lap of sahyadri hills;i was bron there as a farmer's son! Idid have fascination for nature and its interpretation since childhood.The foothill of sahyadri,valleys,lushgreen surrounding and innocent people around....I still remember them ,my first introduction to forms and colours.Those were the days when arts had no in society and ther were hardly any councillor to guide.It was only the inner urge that insisted me to make move from my Village to Mumbai!By th grace of god,my sister and her husband both played the role of path finders."G.A.Dandekar was formally admitted to sir .j.j school without knowing the future"!
In the making at an artist such references are esentials.An artist cannot progress without struggle;inspriations do not occur wihout such experiences.Besides them there are people whose thoughts keep an artist ignitings from within.Picasso,Matisse,Gogin my Gurus and Indian masters are my inspirations.Their style,process of thinking,sacrifices in life and an attitude always inspired me.It is this inspiration that provided me a wider view in terms of medium and expressions.As a student,as a teacher at sir.j.j.institute and as a professional,i always enjoyed the company at these various medium of expressions which made my journey easier,pleasurable & peaceful.
Though i started as a landscape painter initially,my journey across India opened the new chapter.Indian people their rural surroundings,colourful celebrations,life style,their interactions with nature that embraces them,was magnetic.
"The cultural boundaries that encompass"they must be conveyed",I thought ,so I invited them on my canvas.Art critics,Art lovers,Collectors,Artists,Students will appericate this effort i hope!every artist and his creactions are part of impressions of his surroundings, nature and culture I believe;an artist's efforts,consistency and expressions project these impressions of my experience of culture.
I hope same will be shared by the viewers.