Volte Gallery

Light- Winged Smoke

A Solo show by
Pandit Khairnar

Opening on 4th and 5th October
at Volte Gallery

"That moment in the evening, when dusk begins to set and the cattle comes home raising dust in its wake, is magical...it gets light to dark as the dust gently blots out the sun, there a gentle breeze in the air and all fatigue disappears!" -PanditBhilaKhairnar

Warm-hued tones, akin to a glowing mist, drift within PanditBhilaKhairnar'ssombre canvases currently on show at Volte Gallery. Hailing from a modest farming background from Nasik, the artist describes his memories spent in idyllic fields and attempts to recapture that point between twilight and dusk when the light changes in a few seconds and the open sky is a hue of myriad colours, intangible and mystic.

Living and extending his art practice in the city over the last two decades (his first show being in 1992), Khairnar treats his canvases as two-dimensional fields where colour and light can shift in space and time. Using industrial brushes, on a super flat surface, the artist lays on different shades of colour building upto sixteen layers resulting in a subtle play between light and dark, shadow and smoke. “Light-winged Smoke” is infact the title of a poem by Henry David Thoreau which unwittingly encapsulates PanditBhilaKhairnar's sentiments in words.

Citing V.S Gaitonde and PrabhakarBarve as his prime influences, Khairnar is a pure abstractionist who has dissolved the traditional points of figuration and composition, thereby deconstructing such elements to concentrate on the act of painting itself. His art practice solely and unapologetically concentrates on the aesthetics of colour, light and unconscious form.

Born in 1968, PanditKhairnar received his Diploma in Art Teaching in Aurangabad in 1989, after which he received another Diploma in Fine Arts from the L.S. Raheja School of Art, Mumbai, in 1992. Khairnar won the Bombay Arts Society Award in 1992 and 1991; and the State Award from the South Central Zone Cultural Centre (SCZCC), Nagpur, in 1992.

Khairnar has held solo exhibitions atJehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2011, 2006, 2001 and 1996; at Gallery 7, Mumbai in 2005; at Citibank Nariman Point, Mumbai, in 2002and Sans Tache Gallery, Mumbai, in 1998 and 1996. Group shows in which his works have been featured include 'Point and Line to Plane VI' at Gallery Beyond, Mumbai, in 2008; India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, and ‘6+2’ at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 2002; 'Never Too Young' at Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2001; 'Monsoon Millennium’ at Sans Tache Gallery, Mumbai, in 200; and ‘Artists Choice Section’, Selected by S. H. Raza at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, in 2000.