One of the best known landscape painters in India, Yashwant Shirwadkar was born in Mumbai in 1951 and received a diploma in art (specializing in drawing and painting)in 1977. He is best known for his impressionistic landscapes and whether he is portraying the city of Mumbai or the ghats of Benaras, his love of architecture is unmistakable and has largely influenced his work.
Yashwant’s favourite medium is oil on canvas, He often uses a palette knife instead of the regular brushes, which helps his to create realistic landscapes with a three dimensional quality to them.
His works are largely bases in Benares, Rajasthan, Kashmir and Kerala. In earlier days, he has also done series based in KuluManali, Goa and other seaside towns.Most frequent amongst Yashwant’s works are scenes from the holy Hindu city of Benaras. In Yashwant’s paintings, we see this city in all of its glory – with people taking dips in the river, praying and meditating on its banks, the multitude of small temples almost falling of the cliff face and the narrow streets teeming with life and activity.
Yashwant is extensively travelled and has held about 75 solo exhibitions of his work in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Varanasi and Cochin in India, and France, Germany, London, Luxembourg, Belgium, Nepal, Switzerland and the United States of America internationally:
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai (2013, 2011)
- Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata (2013, 2007)
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2012, 2008, 2004, 2001, 1998, 1995, 1993, 1989, 1985-7, 1982, 1980, 1978-79)
- HK Fine Art Gallery, Hong Kong (2010)
- Vinyasa Art Gallery, Chennai (2008, 2005, 2002, 2000)
- Renaissance Gallerie, Bangalore (2006, 2002, 1995-9)
- The Leela Palace Hotel, Bangalore (2006, 2002)
- India Art Gallery, Pune (2004, 2003)
- Sarjan Art Gallery, Vadodara (2004)
- Puvis Art Gallery, France (1986)
In addition, Yashwant has participated in 20 two-artist and just over 200 group shows in India and abroad. His works are also regularly included in domestic and international auctions of Indian art, including auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s.