Focus Areas: Abstracts
Artworks by Dhruti Mahajan
About Dhruti Mahajan
My art is based on the notion of inward journey for finding tranquility and the philosophy of mysticism. My actual everyday life, my aspirations, my dreams, my struggles, my interests and my life experience are always at the core of my imagination. It’s an interplay of art and life, as much as life influences my art, my art in turn, influences my life. That’s how I rejuvenate life into my artworks. I have found painting as my medium to think, communicate and create. To paint is to converse with oneself.
My artwork allows me to be mindful of my own existence. I describe my art as a ‘Circle of life’ in simple terms but something which is very complex philosophically. We each find our position on mind map somewhere inside the circle of life. The circumference of this circle is quite big on which falls the polarity of minimalism, spiritualism, existentialism, empiricism, materialism, rationalism and essentialism. Every individual tries to find the peace by shifting the centre according to his calling in life. The centre of life is much more dynamic and the circumference is quite static. It depends on us where we want to place ourselves in this ‘Circle of life’. This philosophy applies also to the art and it is up to the observer where he wants to centre his thoughts on the circle of ‘art’.
I use neutral colours in my paintings. Colour are not used to express feeling or mood, but it simply indi- cates the natural reality which is colourless. The natural source within us too is colourless. The only thing that seems colourful in the external reality is the thing that is created by mind. The colour exists only in our perception. Our mind adds its own colours to different subjective and objective reality. I hope my art evokes a sense of tranquillity, positivity, state of meditative being and sensitivity in the viewer’s mind.
Date of Birth: 12th August 1981
B.F.A : Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune – March 2016
G. D. Art : Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune – March 2015
A.T.D : Yashwant Kala Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad – July 2011
D.C.L. : Asian Law School, Pune – July 2007
L.L.B : M. P. Law College, Dr. BAMU – July 2006 B.Com Vivekanand College, Dr. BAMU – October 2003
-11th Rang Malhar, an International online visual art event – Jaipur – 2020 61st National Exhibition of Art – Lalit Kala Akademi-New Delhi – 2020 60th Maharashtra State Art Exhibition, Mumbai – 2019
-60th National Exhibition of Art – Lalit Kala Akademi-New Delhi – 2019
-‘Chitrankan’ Online Art Competition and Exhibition – Bindaas Artist Group, New Delhi – 2017 124th Annual Art Exhibition -The Bombay Art Society’, Mumbai – 2016
-‘Winter Show’, Pune – 2015
-‘Camlin Art Foundation’, Mumbai – 2014 ‘Meghrang Monsoon Show’, Aurangabad – 2014 ‘Ajintha Art Society, Jalgaon – 2011 ‘Gaurishankar Educational Society’,Satara – 2011
-‘Maharashtra State Art Competition’, Mumbai – 2011
-‘Sketch Club Competition’, Aurangabad – 2011 ‘Lalit Kala Krida Mohotsav’, Aurangabad – 2011
Junior Fellowship for 2018-2019 by The Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT),Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India
-Silver Medal (professional Category) – Online National competition ‘Sambhavanayen – 2020’ by Sambhavana Kala Manch, Gazipur, Uttar Pradesh – August 2020
-128th Bombay Art Society’s ‘His Excellency The Governor of Maharashtra Award and Gold Medal, Mumbai – 2020 58th Maharashtra State Award( Professional Category), Mumbai – 2018
-City Award (Akola) – Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation – Mumbai – 2017
-2nd Prize – All India Women Artist’ Contemporary Art Exhibition-Artscapes, Chandigrah -2016
-2nd Prize – Late Shri Jayantrao Tilak Award – 29th All India Lokmanya Tilak and V.V. Oak art exhibition, Pune – 2016 1ST Prize – Annual Art Exhibition-Bharati Vidyapeeth’s College Of Fine Arts, Pune -2016
-2nd Prize- State Level Competition-Sculptor Shri. Dinkar S. Thopte Art Competition, Pune – 2015 1ST Prize – Annual Art Exhibition-Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune – 2015
-Regional Award (Western) – Camlin Art Foundation, Mumbai – 2014
-3rd Prize – Annual Art Exhibition-Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune – 2014
-Bronze Medal – State Level Competition-Gaurishankar Educational Society, Satara – 2012 Gold Medal – State Level Competition- Gaurishankar Educational Society, Satara – 2012 1st Prize – Ajintha Art Society, Jalgaon – 2012
-2nd Prize – Annual Art Exhibition- Yashwant Kala Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad – 2011
-1st Prize – District level Competition – 22nd. Lalit Kala – Krida Mohotsav, Aurangabad – 2011
-2nd Prize – Annual Art Exhibition – Yashwant Kala Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad – 2010
Exhibitions & group shows:
-‘Young Creative Mind’, 3rd online exhibition of modern and contemporary art by Delhi Art Society, New Delhi – January 2021 3rd International Online Art Exhibition by Nirantar Art Group, Chandigrah – January 2021
-Let’s come together online exhibition by Academy Of Visual Arts, Kolkata – October 2020 International Online Solo Art Exhibition by Art Family, Aligrah, Uttar Pradesh – October 2020
-Sfumato International Online Art Exhibition by “Arte Estetica” and sponsored by Artesse Gallery, Italy – October 2020 Online National Exhibition ‘Sambhavanayen’ by -Sambhavana Kala Manch, Gazipur, Uttar Pradesh – August 2020 Online Group Exhibition ‘Golden Triangle’ by IAM Artist Foundation, Odisha – August 2020
-‘Eclectic Expressions’ Group exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi – December 2019 ‘A 100 Many – Splendoured Things’, Stainless Gallery, New Delhi – September 2019 Group Show for flood relief fund, Balgandharva Art Gallery, Pune – August 2019 ‘Chitrakatha – Freedom to Think’, DRS Arts Company, Ahemedabad – August 2019
-‘Art Makes Sense’ by Marvel Art Gallery – Hyatt, Ahemedabad – February 2017 Jaipur Art Summit – Ravindra Manch, Jaipur – Decembar 2016
-‘Inara’ Art Exhibition, Trinity Motors, Kalyani Nagar, Pune – June 2016
-The Bombay Art Society – 1st Students Monsoon Show- Mumbai – August 2016 37th Monsoon Art Show – Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai – July 2015
-‘Ruturang’ by Tulika Art Gallery, Pune – March 2015
Workshops & camps:
-Monsoon Art Camp at Art Heart – Chinmaya Vibhooti, Kolvan – 2019
-Multi-Media National Art Camp (organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi) – J J College, Mumbai – 2019
-‘Korra/Udgaar’ National Art Camp (organized by M.P Govt. in association with gallery Threegraywalls) – M.P. Tribal Museum, Bhopal – 2017 National Art Camp (organized by Marvel Art Gallery Ahmedabad), Rann Utsav, Kutch (Gujarat) – 2016
-Intermedia – A New Media Workshop -TIFA Working Studios, Pune – 2016 State Level Printmaking Workshop – BV’s College Of Fine Arts, Pune – 2015
-Chitrabodh – Making And Reception – A Workshop on Art and Visual Culture, Pune – 2015 State Level Serigraphy Workshop – Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune – 2015
-Print Making Workshop – Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune – 2014
-State Level Printmaking Workshop – Bharati Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune – 2013
Article published in magazine ‘Art Soul Life’ – Delhi, Volume 7 Issue 4, pg.no. 43-47 – Aug-Oct 2020. Artwork featured in magazine ‘Arts Illustrated’ – Chennai, Volume 8 Issue 5, pg.no.73 – Feb-March 2021.
-Gallery Art Houz, Chennai
-Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
-M.P. Tribal Museum, Bhopal.
-Gallery Three Gray Walls, New Delhi. Marvel Art Gallery, Ahemedabad.
-In Private Collections – Dubai, Jaipur, Mumbai, Lonavala, Pune, Shiroda etc.