Sangita Phadke – Purely Pastel
Here at Waxlander we are excited about one of our new artist, Sangita Phadke. We think you too will love the captivating works she creates with pastels…
Sangita has come a long way in her short life as a painter. Fortunately for the art world, she gave up a career in finance and consulting to pursue art full time in 2007 and has acquired an impressive resume since.
Sangita’s subjects aren’t just still lifes. They are everyday fruits, vegetables or flowers that hold a second life in her art. Her larger-than-life vegetables, fruits and flowers now hang in U.S. embassies, private collections, and fine galleries around the country.
The self-taught artist was also named one of the “21 young artists to collect now” by Southwest Art Magazine. She was inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle in 2010 and was awarded the distinction of “Master Pastelist” by the Pastel Society of America in 2011.
Nature Brought to Life
Sangita’s newest collection is titled “Purely Pastel” and is inspired by the rich bounty of fruits and vegetables available during the spring harvest season.
“Every week new flowers, fruits, and vegetables flood the markets, and I am the first in line to get my hands on them, “ she says. “I am on a never-ending quest to find bold, colorful, and exciting subject matter that will inspire me to create my next painting.”
A Story of Its Own
Sangita has always been drawn to storytelling, and each of her pieces has its own story, with a narrative forming in her mind as she paints.
“Each story evolves while I am painting and finishes as I sign the piece,” she says. “The stories are mostly whimsical and are inspired by the fruit, vegetable, flower or egg I am painting.” Often the name she gives a painting offers a hint to its story.
In the painting “Take a Bow,” for example, a pear occupies a bright spot of light. It looks simple, but Sangita’s rich imagination has woven an entire back story for the painting. The first thing she noticed was the dramatic bend in the middle of the pear. She placed the piece of fruit in a bright spot of light, and her story began to take shape. She imagined the pear as the star of a Broadway play at the end of a rousing performance. While taking its final bow, the crowd erupts into applause, leaving the pear overjoyed.
An Eye for Detail
Color, light, and an obsessive attention to detail are the hallmarks of Sangita’s paintings, and her newest collection is no different. With each piece displaying rich textures and multiple layers, you have to look closely to fully appreciate its depth.
“The collection will showcase everything from the smooth translucent texture of a rose petal to the bumpy, uneven texture of a lemon,” she says. “If you look closely you will find a scratch, a dent, a glistening dew drop, or some characteristic that makes each piece distinctive.”
You have to see Sangita’s work up close and in person to truly appreciate its detail and beauty. Stop in at the gallery for the chance to discover the intricacies of your favorite piece. We are sure you will find yourself lost in its beauty!
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