The paintings of TusharDhawal Singh are a painful process of a constant search for new images and imageries to express the complete and serene world of being that he so passionately wants the human life to achieve. To him, painting is a mode of resisting the ‘exhaustion of images’, a dangerous situation, with which the human mind is faced today in the face of rampant technological advancements and growing market led consumerism.
His paintings are an effort to pick the mundane aspects of life in a psychological- unconscious state and explore the undying aspects of existence through them. These are done through a style of painting which has bold lyrical strokes, its own notions of time and space and its own way of depicting human forms which are more of imageries than the human body itself. On the show are three series, namely, ‘Shiv’, ‘Shesh’ and ‘Prakriti-Purush’. Shiv is a depiction of the artist’s own interpretation of the energy for destruction of the universe, an energy which in its profoundness is serene and blissful. The uses of green to depict the ultimate silence and peace with one’s own self, or the use of Chrome yellow to depict the sublime omnipresence of the cosmic energy are the highlights of this series.
With the same approach to colours and lines the second series on show is about MAN-WOMAN RELATIONSHIP. The series is titled ‘Prakriti-Purush’ i.e. the ultimate source of feminine and masculine energy. This series depicts the artist’s own conceptions of time and space as well as void. The oval heads and the elongated necks of the human forms lend a visual impact where, in a stage of trance, in a different space the fishes fly and lotus blooms on the heads of the couple, surely a stage of ultimate spiritual bliss that a couple can achieve in togetherness.
Between the two series is a series three paintings titled as ‘Shesh’. These paintings mark a transformation in style adopted by the artist. The Shiva series is abstract on one hand and ‘Prakriti-Purush’ is more on a figurative abstract side. The ‘Shesh’ series is the first time when the artist shifts from abstract to a figurative style.
For the artist, any form of natural creativity, whether it is with nature or birds, animals or with human beings, in its seed, has a rhythm to it. If that rhythm is understood, it can lead to the source which has created the thing which is being witnessed. The artist endeavours to catch this rhythm.