This artist is fascinated by the mundane, rustic simplicity of everyday life. He finds his muses in vegetable vendors, chaiwallahs, an old woman selling fruit, a bicycle or an auto. He brings that deviation from the purist’s idea of art and beauty. This, brings an authenticity to his projection of life as we know it.
It is as if you can hear what the two men are saying to each other, the vegetable seller seated on a stool and leaning over as he talks to the bearded shopkeeper next to him.
Except it is a painting.
Ramesh Jhawar — a painter from Erode, Tamil Nadu, brings to his work fascinating of everyday life in rich visual detail. He is fascinated by the mundane, rustic simplicity of everyday life. He finds his muses in vegetable vendors, chaiwallahs, an old woman selling fruit, a bicycle or an auto.
Ramesh was born into a family of textile traders, and believed that he would carry on with the family business.
But destiny was putting him on another path. He was destined to paint the simple life and transform it into art. One of the first things to inspire him was a book he stumbled upon, Water Colours by Milind Mulick.
A couple of years ago I came across a random picture on Facebook, gushed at its sheer beauty and was going to flip to the next feed when I saw a signature. I felt there was something different about the picture … that it was not a photo clicked by any phone or a high-resolution camera. It was a painting made so immaculately that it gave one the impression of being a photograph! When I explored more, I was further flabbergasted to find that it was done with water colours.
I was completely floored by the perfection and the minute detailing by the artist.
The things that we see or perhaps overlook many times a day are the ones that ignite the artistic streak in him. He is fascinated by the banal. He starts conceptualizing his painting as soon as he sees the play of hide and seek of light and shadows around his subjects. His colour palette and brushes get animated at the sight of bright fruits and vegetables being sold by equally colourful people. He paints a street, a road, a shop or a cart and it becomes a piece of art that goes on to adorn homes in France, Italy, Bangalore or indeed any other part of the world.
Keep a look out for more paintings from the beautiful world of Ramesh Jhawar in this space.
For more details, to sample his work and to reach out to him, visit www.rameshjhawar.com