|Life on The Water
Fisherfolk on the sea and the shore
The sea is Earth’s womb. All living things which walk or fly or swim today, are descended from that first marine creature which heaved itself out of the sea onto the shore, many millennia ago. The ceaseless sound of the tides is the sound of Time itself.
Mohan Khare’s new series of watercolors, Life on The Water, is a tribute to the sea and the fisherfolk who spend their lives in and by it. In the play of light on water, sky, and the browned bodies of fisherfolk, here are coastal people as they have always been, and always will be. Simple but proud; hospitable, though their earnings be meagre; hardworking, yet always cheerful.
This exhibition is a sequel to Mohan Khare’s Shoreline: A Coastal Journey, for which he travelled hundreds of kilometers, painting the weather-beaten lighthouses along the Western coast of India.
Now, in Life on The Water, he captures the vibrancy of life in tiny seaside communities from Kanyakumari in the south, to Jakhau in Gujrat. “This subject fascinates me because water is the medium from which fisherfolk make their living. And so do I, as I capture their lives in watercolor.”