Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 91.4cm (H) x 91.4cm (W) x 2.5cm (D) / 36" (H) x 36" (W) x 1" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
My art is based on the notion of inward journey for finding tranquility and the philosophy of mysticism. My actual everyday life, my aspirations, my dreams, my struggles, my interests and my life experience are always at the core of my imagination. It’s an interplay of art and life, as much as life influences my art, my art in turn, influences my life. That’s how I rejuvenate life into my artworks. I have found painting as my medium to think, communicate and create. To paint is to converse with oneself.
My artwork allows me to be mindful of my own existence. I describe my art as a ‘Circle of life’ in simple terms but something which is very complex philosophically. We each find our position on mind map somewhere inside the circle of life. The circumference of this circle is quite big on which falls the polarity of minimalism, spiritualism, existentialism, empiricism, materialism, rationalism and essentialism. Every individual tries to find the peace by shifting the centre according to his calling in life. The centre of life is much more dynamic and the circumference is quite static. It depends on us where we want to place ourselves in this ‘Circle of life’. This philosophy applies also to the art and it is up to the observer where he wants to centre his thoughts on the circle of ‘art’.
I use neutral colours in my paintings. Colour are not used to express feeling or mood, but it simply indicates the natural reality which is colourless. The natural source within us too is colourless. The only thing that seems colourful in the external reality is the thing that is created by mind. The colour exists only in our perception. Our mind adds its own colours to different subjective and objective reality. I hope my art evokes a sense of tranquillity, positivity, state of meditative being and sensitivity in the viewer’s mind.
Based in: Pune
Dhruti Mahajan, born in Amalner in 1981 was brought up in Akot, Maharashtra. An advocate by profession, then completed her BFA from Bharati vidyapeeth’s College of Fine Arts, Pune in 2016.
Mahajan’s works are all about being in the present moment, in the state of mindfulness. Searching her own existential reality – mindful existence of oneself in this physical reality, experiencing tranquility and peace through meditative art, she tries to communicate the spiritual essence of life to the viewer. Painting makes it possible to be in a constant state of mindfulness where all the chaos outside dies down, you solely perceive and accept all your experiences and thoughts without judging them. Through her painting she tries to take the audiences to this thoughtlessness state where only the viewer remains by himself, the brain quiescent and the eyes observing.
Mahajan works mostly in acrylic on canvas. Colours are not used to express feeling or mood. According to her, it simply indicates the natural reality which is colourless. The natural source within you too is colourless. The only thing that seems colourful in external reality is the thing that is created by mind,the colours exists only in your perception. She typically uses muted colour palette to explore her inner peace on an external substrate and also to transfer the tranquility, the calm and the peace into the spectators.
Mahajan has won many awards such as prestigious 128th Bombay Art Society’s ‘His Excellency The Governor of Maharashtra Award and Gold Medal, Mumbai – 2020, 58th Maharashtra State Award( Professional Category), Mumbai – 2018, City Award (Akola) - Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation - Mumbai – 2017, 2nd Prize - All India Women Artist’ Contemporary Art Exhibition-Artscapes, Chandigrah -2016, 2nd Prize - Late Shri Jayantrao Tilak Award - 29th All India Lokmanya Tilak and V.V. Oak art exhibition, Pune – 2016, to name a few. She has exhibited her works in many group shows in Pune, Mumbai, Ahemedabad, Hyderabad, Leh ladakh, Delhi etc. Her works have been published in several publications in India and abroad. Also her works are in private collections in India and abroad.
Mahajan lives and works in Pune.
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