Artist Ajay Deshpande is actually a storyteller. He turns his conversations with his subjects on canvas to beautiful stories that art lovers can feel unfold in front of them in all their color, drama and original setting. He finds his subjects in people, animals and objects that we come across in our everyday life in the small winding lanes to the highways of India, some of whom we notice and keep in our mind’s camera and others whom we don’t. His work is a journey into the lives of these people and objects that add tune along the periphery of our life circle. To an outsider, his work will be a journey into the land of his people, their lives, their moods, music, dance and life.
Deshpande comes from the prestigious Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India.He has two running themes – “Tuning with the Past” and, “Goat”. His “Tuning with the Past” is aptly titled. The canvases capture his varied memories of growing up in a culturally rich and diverse small village in India.The itinerant village musicians, stray animals and singing bird’s spring to life in his canvases, their spontaneity taking centre-stage, transporting the viewer to the artist’s world. His portraits are much evolved and they speak a language of refinement despite the rustic undertones. His other pet love is his series called “Goat”, where he places his ‘lost-in-his-own-thoughts’ muse against very striking and oddly balanced backgrounds producing very distinctive and amusing endearing images.