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  • Shri. Subhash Desai, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister inaugurates 20th solo exhibition of paintings titled ‘Light Within’ by dynamic personality Minakshi Patil at Jehangir Art Gallery

    Published on December 21, 2021

    ·         From 21st Dec 2021 to 27th December 2021

    Mumbai : Noted artist Minakshi Patil is presenting her 20th solo exhibition of paintings titled ‘Light Within’ from 21st Dec 2021 to 27th December 2021 at Jehangir Art Gallery. The show was inaugurated today in the esteemed presence of Shri. Subhash Desai, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister.

    Minakshi Patil is a multi-faceted personality, an artist, poet-writer, Documentary filmmaker and Government Officer -Secretary, Maharashtra state board of Literature and Culture. This broad spectrum of her personal and creative life generated in her a kind of social and aesthetic commitment. Her paintings, even the abstractions are expression of that commitment. Other dignitaries who graced the inaugural show were Noted Historian Dr. Sarayu Doshi, Shri. Ravindra Mandlik, Rajendra Patil, President Bombay Art Society and more.

    Shri. Subhash Desai, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister shared, “Minakshi Patil is multi talented and this show actually showcases her talent in putting it in canvas. Common people like me, are in awe of such paintings which give happiness to us all. The thought process of Minakshi is different and deep. The inspiration she got has been put on paper. Sky and earth has been put on canvas and it is a challenge”.

    On Minakshi’s recent paintings, well-known art critic Nanak Ganguly says “Her work in acrylic on canvas reveals significantly and highlight consistency of her aesthetic beliefs. She is a painter of unshakeable integrity, of a logical and rigorous intellect, and sincere. Paint is layered yet remarkably fresh, applied in broad brushstrokes so that glimmers of contrasting underpainting occasionally break through the expanses of light and shadow or a wind that stirs at midnight, or at noon”.

    In her earlier series of paintings too Minakshi has experimented with the various characteristic of darkness or absence of light. Out of darkness emerges the light. The light may be a splash of lightening or a vibration due to an explosion that may be generated out of a societal/celestial turmoil. These two opposing condition of darkness and light creates a dramatic conflict

    The philosophical background of Minakshi comes into play here. She assimilates tradition with contemporary reality. In one of her earlier phases of painting Minakshi worked with realistic form, where naturalistic delineation was transformed in a very subtle way in the line of Western pop art.

    Nanak Ganguly sums up about her painting ‘A formal rigour and invention, Minakshi’s language provides unending possibilities for learned elucidation and decoding gestural rhetoric. It also consists of regimes of restrained palette, create rhythms set up by the distribution of paint and the grouping dark and light masses. The colour sequence of brown ochre, black, cobalt- blue, red and grey- her regular palette is reversed or echoed in a different part of the painting setting here an ochre pause and there a red note, a green flourish or a blue glissando.  Minakshi’s paintings immerse us in an expanse of shimmering light”.


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