|Shoreline-A Costal Journey
An exhibition of water colours by Mohan Khare at the Jehangir Art Gallery, 29 October to 4 November 2008, from 11am to 7pm
Shoreline: A Coastal Journey is Mohan Khare’s first exhibition of water colours, and a celebration of his lifelong obsession with the play of light on water, sky and landscapes.
The 40 paintings exhibited in Shoreline are meticulously observed and realistic renderings of views from both land and sea. Khare travelled hundreds of kilometers up and down the Western coast of India, visiting tiny seaside towns and hamlets not marked on standard tourist maps — such as Harneyee, Vengurla, Banakot and Waghapur — and stopping to capture a scene wherever his artist’s eye was engaged.
Lighthouses feature frequently in Shoreline. Khare is fascinated by the mystery and romance of these weather-beaten structures, many over a century old, and the lighthouse keepers who live in isolation but unafraid, proud to keep their lights burning so that seafarers may have safe passage along the jagged coast. Khare’s trawlers, fishing boats, harbours, reefs, flocks of sea birds, and of course the sea and sky in their many moods and colours evoke the poet’s yearning — “I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky …for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call, that may not be denied.”
Khare’s water colours are large; the typical painting is 24” by 18” and simply but elegantly framed. Shoreline is a landmark in Khare’s journey as an artist; he says, “It’s like traveling toward the horizon. It is always there but never reached, just as an artist keeps developing his skills but can never claim complete mastery — that is for others to say!”