Shirish Deshpande
Shirish Deshpande
Belgaum India
About Me

Art for me is food for the soul. It encompasses my whole being, saturates the soul. Art inspires, illuminates, encourages, surprises, excites, provokes, calms, elevates emotionally as well as spiritually and connects soul to soul. On seeing my art, if the viewer experiences even one of these emotions, then we connect soul to soul.

As an artist the process of creating the artwork is important to me but I refuse to accept the limitations imposed by rules. I want to work in all styles, mediums and delve through many subjects and then draw conclusions at my own pace. I started to "paint" with the ball point pen. I have found that the simple ball pen with its fine line has a huge potential in allowing the artist to express his or her thoughts and emotions. Unlike painting with brush, where a single stroke can cover a large area with color, pen lines are very thin and there is a sense of creation at every stroke. It is very challenging to create innumerable tones by combining the limited available colors in ball point pens. I need to draw millions of lines to make my painting come alive!

Standing for a long time with a bad posture while making my ballpoint pen drawings, I started having severe back pain. It worsened as time passed by, may be because of lifting of heavy weight of parcels of paintings during travelling for my exhibitions. Soon I had to take complete bed rest and some pain killer treatment. In search for a permanent cure without medicines, I came accross a healing program based on Yoga and meditation. These exercises and meditation required me to focus my attention on the pain by going deep inside to the area where I felt the actual pain and soon I started having some visualizations filled with vibrant energy. I felt that there is so much going on inside the body that the urge to look outside for inspiration became meaningless for me. This made me paint a few canvases just in my imagination. When the back pain reduced and I restarted my work, my very first work was an abstract of a new style. I did not plan or draw anything to begin with. I did not use a palette. Just inspired by a certain color, and I poured it directly on the canvas. I used large size brushes, a special plastic tool with a zigzag edge that I made, a roller to spread the color. When I painted, I was just a third person watching it happen. I enjoyed the process of creation. As of now, I feel that I have just found something amazing and I feel an urgency to explore it further. I am using acrylic colors for my abstracts.

I also work with Oil colors. In oils, I love the dry brush technique. It allows me to create expressive textures with so much ease. 

My subject matter deals with landscapes, portraits, abstracts as well as stylizations. Light plays a very important role in creating the required drama to draw the viewer in to my world. It could be a rustic village home or then dancing crops against a dramatic skyline. Towering boulders take my breath away. I paint with the motive that I finally achieve the result I initially have in my mind.  Simple subject matter, good composition, boldness of forms, delicate line work and a little dramatization play a key role in the impact, my art has on the viewer.

In 1979 I passed out with a G.D.Art in Applied Arts from Abhinav Kala Vidyalay, Pune, India. For about 27 years I worked in the field of Communication Design and applied my creative talent in rendering a variety of art works for a number of clients which included Graphic design in all its variety, Architectural delineations, 3D models etc. I was also involved in creating some of the worlds best software user interfaces at Deltra Software. The common theme in all that I have stood out so far is precision.

After years of designing for varied people I came to the conclusion that I needed an outlet that would help me realize my creative potential in a more satisfying way. Art for me like for many other people became the most meaningful part of life and a source of much fun and relaxation. I hope that my paintings serve as a channel of expression and help the viewer understand my inner conflicts, fears, and tensions as well as my aspirations, hopes, and ideals. In the coming years I hope to venture in to every aspect of art and explore all its dimensions. I have just made a small beginning and Im hoping that the average viewer in the gallery comes out feeling that he has seen something that provokes a reaction. I see a lot of beauty in the mundane things of life and I hope to make people see that as well.

Education

G.D. Art (Applied), 1974-1979 from Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Events/Exhibitions

2009
First Solo Show "Living with Lines" at Indiaart Gallery, Pune, India from 2nd July to 8th July 2009. 
Group Show "Surfaces & Spaces", at Balgandharva Kaladalan, Pune. from 25th Nov. to 27th Nov. 2009. 
2010
Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 31 January 2010.
Group Show "The Sacred Space" at Epicentre, Gurgaon from 24th to 30th September 2010.
Group Show "Timeless Moments" at Epicentre, Gurgaon from 28th to 30th November 2010.
Group Show "Colors of India" at Nice Airport Lounge, Nice, France from 4th Dec.2010 to 25th Feb. 2011.
2011
Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 30 January 2011.
Live painting session and Solo Show at The Tea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi from 21st to 27th March 2011.
Group Show "Fantasy Group 2011" at Karnatak Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore from 21st to 24th November 2011.
Solo Show "Living with Lines" at Swapnagandha Resort, Chorla Ghat near Goa, India from 26th Dec, to 29th Dec 2011. 
2012
Solo Show "Living with Lines" at Shahu Kala Dalan, Kolhapur, India from 19th Jan. to 25th Jan. 2012. 
Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 29 January 2012.
Demonstration at GIT College of Architecture, Belgaum on 24th Feb. 2012
Conducted demonstration and workshop in Pune 8th to 10th May 2012.
Group Show "Shree Krishnaya Namaha" at Udupi Art Gallery, Udupi from 23rd to 31st May 2012.
Group Show "G-21" at Coomarswamy, Kalaghoda, Mumbai from 8th to 10th June 2012.
Demonstration & Group Show  "Art Rhythm" at Darpan Art Gallery, Pune from 27th to 31st Dec 2012.
Demonstration & Workshop at The Film & Television Institute of India, Pune on 31st Dec 2012.
2013
Particiaption in "Chitrasanthe" the annual mega art fare at Bangalore on 27 January 2013.
Group Show "Ingenious Eclecticism" at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from 10th to 16th March 2013.
Group Show at Art Gallery, Mahaveer Bhavan, Belgaum from 15th to 18th April 2013.
Demonstration at Balgandharva Kaladalan, Pune on 1st May 2013.
Group Show "Mumbaism" at NCPA, Mumbai from 22nd to 27th Sept 2013.
Duet Show at Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore from 11th to 17th Oct. 2013.
Particiaption in "AIFACS" 86th National Level Art Show inNew Delhi from 11 to 30 December 2013.
2014
Particiaption in 2nd international "Jaipur Art Festival" at Jaipur, From 19 to 25 March 2014.
Group Show at Art Gallery, Mahaveer Bhavan, Belgaum from 19th to 21st April 2014.
Group Show at Brushstrokes Art Gallery, J.M. Road, Pune from 17th to 24st September 2014.

Awards/Honors

I am a popular Ballpoint pen artist on the Facebook and I was listed 9th in top 100 ballpoint pen artists of the world in 2010. I have fans all over the world who like my artworks. One of my drawing was chosen for an international calender by artwanted.com for year 2010. My art was featured in TV programmes on ETv (Sep.2011) and Zee TV (Jan 2012). One of my ballpoint pen drawings was selected by AIFACS, Delhi for the annual art competition. (Dec.2013)

ARTWORKS BY Shirish Deshpande
Farm house
Product Code: CE101272 Size: 28" X 22" Medium: Pen & Ink Drawing on Paper Price : INR 30000
Evening at Gateway of India
Product Code: CE101268 Size: 40" X 30" Medium: Oil on Canvas Price : INR 60000
Morning at CST
Product Code: CE101267 Size: 40" X 30" Medium: Oil on Canvas Price : INR 60000
Inferno
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Jungle Stream Summer
Product Code: CE100511 Size: 30" X 30" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 36000
Jungle Stream
Product Code: CE100510 Size: 30" X 30" Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Price : INR 36000