Reflection: Capturing the soul of a city. Oil & acrylic paintings by Mahesh Karambele

Feb 16, 2018

The colour blue and its varying hues find place in Mahesh Karambele’s paintings that narrate the
hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis like Mumbai. Adept at painting cityscapes that depict the
splendour of vertical growth intertwined with the city’s humungous human interface, the artist
pays homage to his home town by drawing out the beauty in the mundane.

“The ways and subways of life,” says Mahesh Karambele have not only led him to be a passionate
artist but have literally constituted the ethos of his musings on canvas. The strength of his brush
dipped in oil paint confidently etches out silhouettes of vehicular traffic, bridges, carts, flower
sellers, the iconic dabbawalas of Mumbai, capturing the ethos of the city that never sleeps.
With buildings flirting with by lanes and pedestrian traffic, painting vivid scenes of ordinary folk
and everyday humdrum of city living, the artist unveils his collection aptly and simply christened
‘Reflection’. The Mumbai monsoon holds a special place as the artist creates washes and adeptly
applies the oil medium with the expertise of the watercolour technique. The romanticism and
inspiration that accompanies the rains is well depicted.

The rush that characterises Mahesh’s canvases can allude to the adrenaline rush that the
artist tends to work with, driven by the hidden joys in everyday chaos, crammed by lanes with
Mumbai’s crowds and the perennial metropolitan pace of living. His paintings draw out the best
of the perspectives as the colours shine bright against the evening light – the luminosity combined
with the transparency of the weather – culls a beautiful cityscape that one can lose oneself into...

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