Dinesh Doshi: An Artist's Successful Long And Winding Road
By Donna Letterese
Painter Dinesh Doshi has had a lifelong passion for art. Growing up in Sudan, while attending an Italian Missionary school he enjoyed a simple life. Despite not having access to many proper art supplies or art education, he was constantly sketching as a child.
At the age of 12 his parents sent him to an Indian prep school, "In my new school, my art teachers noticed my interest in drawing," Dinesh explains. "They realized, I had the capacity to expand my art." His art education was instrumental in guiding him through the different expressions of art, with emphasis on painting murals. His love of art also helped him transition through the cultural shock he experienced after such a far move from family.
Dinesh's initial years in India, compared to growing up in Africa were tough, due to the complex traditional cultures, religious & economic tiers. Drawing was a way he could express his emotions in these new surroundings, it was then that he found his true love in painting while getting inspired by old masters such as Da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Michelangelo. "Every time I sketched, I thought of Da Vinci," Dinesh laughs. "Making art was a love of mine, as a child and it has continued to do so till today."
At that time, it was not possible to make a living as an artist and despite his artistic abilities, Dinesh's teachers lead him towards a career in architecture. Dinesh had the skill, and developed drawing abilities necessary to become an architect.
After his initial upbringing in Sudan, his secondary education in India, and a brief stint in London, he finally found himself in New York. He ultimately graduated from Brooklyn's Pratt Institute with a Master's in Architecture and has been working as an architect ever since.
Dinesh went on to live two lives, one as an architect and the other as a painter. He was quick to emphasize that his two fields never intersected. "My architecture work had to be extremely rigid in terms of design and codes," he points out. "Yet, when I paint, I have all the freedom, I can create any canvas of my desire.
Dinesh's paintings are filled with vibrant colors, shapes, and figurative elements. It is perhaps in reaction to his regimented career as an architect that he paints so freely. Painting is the medium he uses to express the most personal aspects of life, love, frustration, and happiness.
Interesting, Dinesh's artistic style, whether it is his abstract, figurative or landscape canvases he never paints shadows or incorporates three dimensional forms. Even though his paintings are flat, he feels that he is finally able to let loose when he puts brush to canvas.
Dinesh uses a broad color palette and intense brush strokes to tell his different stories on canvases. His first painting after coming to the States, captures his overwhelmed emotions of some of America's tall buildings, endless highways, suburbia as well as the pollution.
While he has recently enjoyed working on small canvases, he tends to mostly work on large canvases, exclusively using oil. He avoids using monotone and calm colors and focuses on colors that are striking creating contrasting color schemes.
Dinesh describes having gone through various artistic phases and periods, from "figurative" " dark " "landscape" to "abstract" and has currently been painting repetitions of lips and eye as symbol of storytelling. He focuses on the details vs. illustrating the whole figure "I draw both human and animal eyes for different story telling,"
Ironically, two of Dinesh's most memorable art periods were his shows that happened in Mumbai at age of 21 and an exhibit in New York at age of 63. When Dinesh debuted as an artist, he was only twenty-one. He was the youngest artist ever to be selected in a juried show at Mumbai's prestigious Jehangir Art Gallery, which is almost a national monument. He showed over twenty-five pieces in this solo show, which was well attended, received, and covered by the local medias. Such a successful initial show was great achievement for the artist, as well as reassurance his chosen path.
Dinesh continued painting all throughout his life having two careers and raising a family, now that his children are grown up he is intensely involved in Art and Architecture. As 2013 marked Dinesh's living in New York for 41 years. His solo show at Chelsea's Emmanuel Fremin Art Gallery was a great opportunity to re-emerge into the fine art gallery world. He showed all recent pieces, including two landscapes, and the exhibition opened to glowing reviews. The Community Channel, T.V. Asia USA, covered the exhibition.
Dinesh has been happy to be involved with the Guild Hall of East Hampton, showing in their annual exhibition. While in the past Dinesh mostly sold reproductions, now he has opened up about selling his original art work. He is consulting with several New York galleries, regarding the possibilities of working with them and showing his art. Dinesh is very keen on provoking emotions & reactions to his work by art piers and art enthusiasts.
To view the artist's works, visit go to www.dineshdoshi.com. To contact the artist, email email@example.com.
To watch the televised coverage and interview from the artist's 2013 solo show, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzXCVJZoPgg
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