Ravindra Salve #Serigraphs
"National Star Award" (Best Screen Printer of the Year), National Awards, 2013
"Fine Art Printer of the Year", Printweek India Awards, 2013
Salve's both characters, Nayak and Nayika personify beauty, love, affection and passion. He enfolds her in his arms as if whispering some lovely words to her in that eternal moment.
The love exalts in their teasing each other, playing around in the nature, living in their own world, and not wary about the worldly affairs. The unaware moonlight falls upon the moon-faced beauty only to cease Nayak and behold his view in his hands entirely. All it creates is that soft balmy feeling.
Together, the male and female symbolise essence of life being with one another. Nayak warmly embraces Nayika, and the enthusiasm stays in the environs. Salve's Nayika too surrenders to the power of togetherness, existing in its purest form. These divine and intimate moments hold in with grace and perfection.
The most sought-after attributes—happiness, joy, touch, smell, kiss and love—are defined and redefined in this serigraph.
Ravindra Salve's paintings have composed an ambience of excitement with the objects placed in it. His figures breathe in Greek art but the inherent soul is very Indian. The lines, colours, forms, anatomy and his entire fantasy art depict a collage of experiences and emotions. Something, that is very Indian and affectionate.
Salve's style draws an inspiration from the great Indian epics, the religious texts like Puranas, the love poetry in Sanskrit and other Indian languages, Indian folklore and Indian music literature.
Salve has focussed a great deal on the face and has portrayed eyes with a certain magic in it. This happiness in his eyes is because of the anticipation of his wait for his “Nayika”.
The leaves come in the shape of heart with golden or bronze colours. Much of his art, music and poetry are woven with references to the deer emphasizing its beauty and grace along with positive and wishful thinking.
Salve's approach renders his way of understanding culture and representing it more spirited and celebrating.
In his artworks, Salve drapes his figures in rich and heavy costumes with the use of bright and gold colours. The dramatic intensity in his paintings is visually powerful to render the right mood and sentiments. With that, his figures carry a warm and unique aura around.
The ideal manhood tucks in a strong male body that is convincingly muscular and looks compelling with a right posture and demeanour.
The musical instruments in Salve's paintings makes you listen to the music played by Nayak. While the animals give out their peculiar sounds, this is the power of Salve's form of storytelling through his composition. It makes you the part of his paintings.
Salve has gone one step ahead when he has drawn out the intense longing while the Nayak plays his flute. Nayak stands cross-legged in the middle, and his hands passionately expressing love by playing on his flute.
The raga of excitement brings through playing of various music ragas that eventually enhances the raga of romance.
PEACOCK, THE PEEHU
Amongst all that Salve had heard in his childhood, he found peacock, an interesting and beautiful creation, designed by God.
Salve associates peacock with Goddess Lakshmi who embodies kindness, luck and benevolence. He visualised his peacocks flying around in his painted forms and hues.
With fantasy, Salve has tried to experience the most admired virtues of an individual and thus drawn his peacock as a convoy of honour and harmony.