Colourful Crossings is a well-designed handsome autobiographical publication by the artist Deepak Shinde. With over 225 images and illustrations, the text follows a simple but engrossing narrative with images to elucidate the historical flow in his life as a painter.
The book begins with his own childhood in the deep countryside on a rich farmland, then traces his journey through art school where he was encouraged to follow his unique and startlingly forceful path, building his strengths and individuality as a painter, to his present status as a committed artist working uncompromisingly. His nurtured sensitivity towards the environment as a child, enabled him to pour his passion for nature and wild-life into his paintings, throughout his career; not to mention his later impressive interpretations of human and animal relationships bound by an instinctiveness that is innate in all living beings.
The book shifts between recording and chronicling landmarks in his life and the aesthetic implications of those occurrences
Shinde“s diversity in artistic skills is made public with his book as he recounts the unique phases and dramatic changes his work has undergone. The narrative, is a recounting within another storyline taking the reader along to discover or investigate all the various tributaries of an artist’s obsessive curiosity and responses on one level through the text and on another, through a progressing of images. A deep and meaningful tribute to his mentors SV Vasudev, the art critic and VS Gaitonde the veteran painter, is apparent throughout the narrative.
Interspersed with observations by well-known writers like Ranjit Hoskote and Abhay Sardesai and, anecdotes that relate the evolution of each phase, the book makes interesting reading offering hitherto unknown insights into the life of an artist and his oeuvre.
It is the paradoxical polarity, the opposing two sides of a coin, reconciled through reflection and passionate practice that grips us into contemporary questions that arise in our conscience of what does it means to be an artist today. Colourful Crossings, both educates the reader and viewer, of the academic and historic relevance of his oeuvre as well as presenting a portrait of the man himself.