Shanti Dave | Biography | Life | Artworks
He has an expression that, in fact, determines the whole evolution of his art, which may be described as ‘ abstract symbol’ or ‘ interior symbol’, divorced from any specific representation or for that matter anything ‘exterior’.
He uses the encaustic media, a mixture of beeswax, linseed oil, varnish and zinc oxide, to make an impasto which he lays with a spatula to formulate shapes in his paintings.
His paintings do not set out to prove or state anything.
The directional planes, with their variety of relief textures and an aura of strange colours, seem to convey some essential message which gradually ripens on the mind of the viewer into a new fullness; a subtle musical feeling creating a meditative mood.
His highly refined shades of colours, in full harmony, appear to be melting into each other and the cosmos to a point of losing identity.
They possess a kind of dynamism, apparently without beginning or end, which permeates his work.
Each of his paintings is arresting for its purely optical topography, a true feast for the eye; a fascinating inner spectacle of colour-music.
These are like conglomerations of form-less colours. Shanti is indeed a virtuoso as far as his technique goes.
He invents forms, creates strange images and creates a new universe of lines textures and colours, which constitutes a reality of its own—a reality unknown, a revelation.
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