Paintings and Limited Edition Signed Prints
The phenomenal events or situations he constructs are never complete with descriptive details and the events never happen on sequential planes. The figurative images are transparent; one can see through them. Deepak‘s painted characters move, as if not on their volition. They daze with eyeless stares and engage the viewers‘ gaze to their stares of existence.
Deepak Shinde‘s basic instinct is to celebrate colour. Not in the spirit of an orgy where there is a mindless daubing, smearing, and splashing, but rather in the spirit of commemoration : honouring colour in flesh and in spirit, guiding it, leading it to conquer and to accomplish and bringing it into its own.
Shinde treads the narrow line between the myth of grandeur and the squalor it survives on, reminding us of basics we would like to sweep under the carpet.
Very few Indian artists have depicted animals and their behavior on their canvasses. The domestic animals of Ram Kinkar Baij, the familiar horses of MFHusain, and the stylized animals of Manjit Bawa and Jai Zharotia come to mind. But these animals are depicted not in their anatomy but in a context not of their making. Shinde‘s animal world on the other hand is autonomous.
Deepak Shinde‘s work is a bacchanalia of colour, held in rein by the spare discipline of an intelligence that is equally at home in an abstractionist, and a figurative idiom. Shinde does not set out to compose a piece; preferring a painting to happen, he allows memories, observations, snatches of conversation, to swim about in his subconscious, until the moment of definition comes, and the canvas shapes itself.