Behind The Frame

Ajay Deshpande

Ajay Deshpande

Artist Ajay Deshpande is actually a storyteller. He turns his conversations with his subjects on canvas to beautiful stories that art lovers can feel unfold in front of them in all their color, drama and original setting. He finds his subjects in people, animals, and objects that we come across in our everyday life in the small winding lanes to the highways of India, some of whom we notice and keep in our mind’s camera and others whom we don’t. His work is a journey into the lives of these people and objects that add tune along the periphery of our life circle. To an outsider, his work will be a journey into the land of his people, their lives, their moods, music, dance, and life.

Deshpande comes from the prestigious Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune, India. He has two running themes – “Tuning with the Past” and, “Goat”. His “Tuning with the Past” is aptly titled. The canvases capture his varied memories of growing up in a culturally rich and diverse small village in India. The itinerant village musicians, stray animals and singing bird’s spring to life in his canvases, their spontaneity taking center-stage, transporting the viewer to the artist’s world. His portraits are much evolved and they speak a language of refinement despite the rustic undertones. His other pet love is his series called “Goat”, where he places his ‘lost-in-his-own-thoughts’ muse against very striking and oddly balanced backgrounds producing very distinctive and amusing endearing images.

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The tune|Ajay Deshpande- Oil on Canvas, 2014, 36 x 48 inches

The tune

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1992 Diploma in Drawing and Painting

1994 Art Teacher Diploma, Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune

1997 DIP.A.ED.



2009 Nag Foundation, Pune

2009 Malaka Spice, Pune

2007 Ray Art Gallery, Pune

2005 Balgandharva Kala Dalan, Pune

2005 'Charisma Art Gallery', Pune

2001,05 Malaka Spice, Pune

1998 Café Sunrise, Pune

1997 Print Exhibition, Pune



2013 Within & Without Ayatana Gallery, Pune

2013 Boundless, Eldora Art, Mumbai

2013 Pune Biennale, Pune

2013 Ayatana Art Gallery, Pune

2012 FLASH - Ark Gallery, Pune

2012 The Blueart Gallery, Delhi

2011 “6 SENSE'' Art2day Gallery, Pune

2011 “Language of Emotions', Hyderabad

2011 “Creative Pursuits''Renaissance Gallery, Pune

2011 “Art With Heart” Art2day Gallery, Pune

2011 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

2010 State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad

2010 Art2Day, Pune

2010 India International Art Fair, New Delhi

2010 Freedom Gallerie52d - Kolkata

2010 Ray Art Gallery, Pune

2010 Indian Ateliers Gallery, Goa

2009 Nag Foundation, Pune

2009 International Centre (Indian Ateliers Gallery), Goa

2009 Art-desh', Mumbai

2008 Nehru Centre', Mumbai

2008 Art & Soul of Deccan, Artmosaic Gallery, Singapore


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