Born in Mumbai, 1972
MFA ( portrait painting ), Sir. J. J. School of Arts, Mumbai
2006 – N C P A (Piramal art gallery), Mumbai (India)
2004 – N C P A (Piramal art gallery), Mumbai (India)
1995 – Shirgaonkar award for Portrait Painting.
1993 – State award for Portrait Painting
1991 – Cash & Merit award for Portrait Painting
Comments about the artist:
The immediacy & intimacy of the delicate photographs affirm the importance of process in the art of Meghanad Ganpule. The results of this process are small scale works on square format box constructions. The arrangement of shapes alludes to the science of mathematics and suggests unification & perfection.
The thought of expressing the emotions of flowers occurred to Meghanad when he was staring at the bouquets received by him in appreciation of his first solo “Paintings by Light” – Tessellations form a language beyond words; a language that calls for continuity and intuition. Each work becomes the context for the next. We see thoughts and images emerge and recede and the exploratory nature of Meghanad’s approach is made apparent. The roots of his working process lie in Minimal works of late 1960’s and early 70’s.
His flowers float in unknown locations, free from material trappings; they are not bound by weight or attachment. The limitless space which Meghanad’s flowers occupy has parallels in the infinity of his patterns. He refers directly to the metaphysical and his imagery whispers to the subconscious, coaxing it to the surface. The result is a slight “blurring” effect. What was seen once will not be seen a second time. Without the intermediary of a reflection in another object, our eyes have only a very partial vision of our physical person, and will tend to take it – to drag it, it is sometimes tempting to say – to a place where they have no control. This can be experienced as the wrench between the sensation of empathy we feel when facing a colored surface that seems to want to envelop us, or into which, like the body represented there, we would like to melt and the liberty, the dynamic of the gaze that will always be drawn to light, even to dazzling light.
Abhijeet Gondkar , October 2006, Mumbai