Shirkant Kadam has been working on his ‘Nature’ series for 14 years. He is in love with the sanctity of nature.The artist in him is in raptures over the aloof mountains, gushing rivers, intense seas and primal, pristine forests.
Kadam’s works are a life-long exploration of a world between realism and abstraction, veering closer to the latter. The artist mixes shapes and colours into rough configurations that don’t exactly clamour for attention but nevertheless envelope the viewer with their gentle allure. With strokes that are neither geometric nor too organic, Kadam achieves a resoundingly strong composition. The orientation and earthy colours suggest a landscape, the aesthetic paint strokes confirming that impression. The artist’s tryst with nature jumps out of each frame; every frame is reconstructed as if from memory, of his vision of the Himalayas or a water body long buried by time.
Kadam’s compositions are unhindered, the expansiveness of the images are not negated resulting in his frames retaining a quality a pristine, soft and spiritual as nature itself. His strategy of working with a sparse palette not only brings forth the best in his canvases but also showcases his exceptional understanding of colour. The blues, greens and muted oranges and browns make for a peaceful vision. Whether Kadam’s elements let you into their conversation or not, you feel contended in their company.