In Goa, Sanjay Harmalkar is synonymous with portrait paintings; many of his works adorn the walls of noted institutes and organisations. In the exhibition, opening today, viewers will get a glimpse of his noteworthy realistic paintings
Naguesh Rao Sardessai
Realistic paintings are very rare to find but Sanjay Harmalkar has been painting realistically for over three decades with dedicated zeal and immense passion. He paints with a dash of cinematic approach and includes strokes exuding popular appeal. Adding a commercial touch to attract the viewers, one can see shades of cinema posters of yesteryears with greens, soft pinks and bright yellows sprinkled in appropriate areas. Academically inclined, Sanjay is a method artist with a flexibility that he employs very judiciously. Deft bold strokes and apt composition adds appeal to his works.
Abhivyaktee, an organization dedicated in the pursuit of uplifting the standard of art, music, literature and theatre in particular and spreading the love for arts in general, has taken upon itself the task of organising an exhibition of Sanjay’s art for the sheer love of realistic genre.
Each of Sanjay’s paintings is given life with the near perfect physical resemblance to the subjects and the refined luminous hues he uses add to the life-like quality. Here, in this display, of over twenty artworks, are a few interesting portraits of personalities that include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar amongst the political leaders; Madhav Gadkari and Madhavi Sardesai amongst the literary personalities. Besides these, the show will include portraits of freedom fighter Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak, business tycoon Ratan Tata, religious and spiritual leaders Swami Vivekanand, Haturli Mathadish Shrimad Brahmanand Swamiji, Sohirobanath Ambiye, Justice G D Kamat and many more. On display are some of Sanjay’s other compositions that includes a tribal in his raw surroundings, a scene from the life of Jesus and a few others.
Sanjay, whilst juggling the multiple roles of an artist, politician, social worker, amateur singer, sculptor and chairperson of two autonomous institutes, still remains humble and approachable. With several solo and group shows to his credit, his works are seen displayed in various private and institutional collections.
The current show will coincide with the series of talks, on art, by prominent artists from Mumbai.
(Sanjay Harmalkar’s paintings will be on display at the Institute Menezes Braganza from February 10 at 4 p.m. and will be on view till February 13)