The paintings you are about to see
are not all decorative. They try to depict the real
Attempt is mainly to document collective miseries of peoples and investigate
social pathology behind the misery. The dominant political discourse today is
dictated by the state, market and media - none bothered about the weak. The alternative
to this discourse seems to drift towards being self-obsessed - hedonist, reclusive
or esoteric. So there is a need to reiterate that hunger, poverty and violence
still afflict a vast majority of humans in the world.
The paintings endeavour to state this problem. They will have served their purpose
if they make you pause and think.
Thanks for your visit.
K Purandare comes from India, divides his time between
there and Britain. He is educated as a metallurgical
engineer and a sociologist. He is a self-taught artist
and a social commentator.
Until moving to England in 2009 he was on the editorial
board of a Scottish educational magazine - 'Stride'.
He writes regular columns for alternative development
His work has been appreciated by zmag, Open University
UK, Medha Patkar, Jean Dreze among others.
thank you. Thank you for being one
of our conscious lot who cares about
the world in which you live. Thank
Don't ever stop.
Dawn Murphy, Canada
One thing (among others) I find fascinating about your work is the relationship between the paintings and their titles, which I see as witty commentaries on contemporary mores. Your images speak for themselves (that is, in purely formal terms like composition, color etc.), but the titles add to the perception. Instead of narrowing the meaning of what we see (which would reduce the pictures to an illustration of sociological concepts), they create a new space of significance that is up to the viewer to fill. Hope this makes sense to you.
Valerio M, Italy
I really admire that you use your art as statements for your beliefs, it is getting rarer to see this nowadays, I liked them a lot, how they are colorful and seem cheerful but they carry more meaning than meets the eye.
Your mind is fascinating. You make always something different, something special. I can't believe that you do it so easy , just like a breath.
Your mind is never asleep. How you get that? How you do that?
Your paintings are an inspiration to me. I hope to learn to express emotion
and depth the way you do in your work.
I really respect what you do. I am very grateful
for all the enlightenment you inadvertently
offer me. I won't give up if you don't give
Kay Ciesielczyk, USA
do a beautiful job of making the sadness
in the world more graceful.
I find your paintings intriguing. To me it
seems that they depict very random scenes,
but they all have the same melancholic feeling.
I read that you want to depict misery in the
world, and this attitude of observing and depicting
without being to direct, is something I can
relate to and appreciate a lot.
Carolin Hansson, The Netherlands
I agree with what you say in the Artist’s Statement above. It's the truth.
your work touches me deeply, incredible depth,
glad I found your work
recently said to me that we all live in a bubble,
it's wonderful when someone, like you, is adamantly
absorbed in bursting that bubble, thanks to
...in your depiction of basic issues the mankind faces today... through your
paintings... one can discern the difference between the 'use' of art for political
message and of art itself becoming a political metaphor...
National Alliance of People’s
I think photo-realism [in paintings] tends to get boring, of course extremely
abstract paintings tend to become plain decorative. This is why I think I like
your paintings so much, because they're not just a scene/portrait/whatever and
they aren't so abstract that I get nothing from them.
Katherine Renee Williams, Ireland
the world the Truth…many thanks
story-telling and cultural narrative in your
work are fascinating. Your presentation is
utilitarian, there is no ambiguity and the
issues you tackle make uncomfortable viewing.
love your work... salamat sa mga obra…in
Filipino language... salamat means "thank
... thank you for your art
Mark Cea, The Philippines
you are someone who reminds us with talent that our world is not always a fairytale.
Helene Grasset, France
only painting for painting, but really interesting
work...it's really thought-provoking, and very
interesting.. it's so mature!
Seeing your paintings I feel you are so conceptual
and you really think before
doing… The political paintings are very eloquent and with a direct and
Ana Maria Hidalgo, Chile
Full of energy
you are making a big difference maybe it is not noticeable now or in our lifetime;
but you are recording & dealing with subjects that others have been afraid
believe pictures like your are more and more
important in a more and more indifferent world!
work and an important sad chronicle of our times
in much of your work
want to tell you, you have very profound and
skillful work. You are doing important work,
your messages are thought-provoking, your colors
are beautiful, your characters are expressive.
Your paintings sing with life. Was very glad
to have seen your work.
Victoria Champion, USA
are the kind of artist I always wanted to be….'ll
be inspired by you for a long time.
Michelle Lynn, USA