Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 18 x 24 inches, 46 x 61 cms
Signed by: Signed and dated in Devnagari ‘Kolte 06’ on lower left and on verso
Provenance: Collection of a reputed art gallery, New Delhi.Acquired from Gallery Alternatives, New Delhi
Estimate: ₹ 3,00,000 - ₹ 4,00,000
Often referred to as the Indian Paul Klee, Kolte’s works show a strong sense of sophistication, stronger colors and adding touches of white to age the effect of an otherwise bold hue. Born in 1946, in a village called Nerurpar of District of Ratnagiri in Maharashtra and an alumnus of the prestigious J.J. School of Art, Kolte is famously known for his abstract paintings. According to him, his works reflect a state of vision that does not symbolize anything but itself. It is neither representative, interpretative, expressive nor illustrative. In the early 80s, his work took a new direction as Kolte began experimenting with installation and performative art pieces. In one piece, he covered a car with newspaper; in another, he painted a volunteer black and entitled him ‘A Man Without Shadow’. Kolte has spent twenty-two years teaching at his alma mater the J.J. School of Arts, after which he retired in 1994 and now devotes all of his time to painting.