Ajay Patil stays in western suburbs of Mumbai but he originally comes from village nearby where he did his schooling before coming to Mumbai for pursuing engineering degree. Engineer by profession and painter by passion is how he describes describe himself.
He has spent his early childhood in the Konkan village near Mumbai and probably that’s the inspiration and reason for his paintings. That upbringing is deep-rooted somewhere hence though he indulges into various genres of paintings and mediums, watercolor landscapes is what remains close to his heart.
As a child he used spent hours painting, copying paintings from various books as every child does. Then during his college days he got into photography where he got technical excellence rather quickly and got published in some of the reputed magazines but deep inside somewhere he wanted to get back to his original love that is painting. It became serious affair only recently when Ajay met few senior artists in Mumbai where his efforts got direction and guidance through various workshops and outdoor painting trips with these artists.
He has fulltime IT job to keep hence he is a weekend painter. He puts his painting gear in car boot and drives to various places to paint on locale, sometimes with group, family and many a times alone. He says “When painting outdoors you are part of the nature, all your senses work together and what appears on the paper is just not a copy of what you see in the front but part of nature as felt by you”. He mostly paints plein air traditional landscapes and tries to bring in some contemporary elements to it. As per Ajay, impressionist painting is an attempt to exclude unnecessary details from the scene and create impression on the paper of what artists sees and most importantly feels. It’s subject and light that inspires him followed by composition created in his mind that appears on paper thru different techniques. So for him techniques come last. Serenity and simplicity are primary goals hence you would often find him using very limited palette. Watercolor is his preferred medium as he loves the way it flows on paper and somewhat unpredictable results that makes watercolors an intense and quite intriguing medium.
Enjoyment of painting comes first for him, so he is happy while painting, happier if it results into satisfactory painting.
His dream is to travel all over India, paint on locale and publish a book which will bring out the beauty of our country. He is in early 40s, has few solo and group exhibitions to his credit and believes that soon he will be able to fulfill his dream.
His latest group show of paintings on Mumbai was held at Nehru center Art Gallery in Mumbai from 7th to 13th January 2014.