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 Fascination for boundless space is present among all of us........Dilip Ranade

Fascination for boundless space is present among all of us .This is more so in an artist as it is a basis of the visual language The infinity of space makes us aware of the triviality of our materialistic existence in the cosmos, leading to a search for the inner self. Space radiates from each self weaving the cosmos into a unified network.
Mr.Rajaram Holle's urge to represent the self – the spiritual being, rather than mundane objects around, probably emanates from his belief that we are just a 'quantum' of the cosmos. The idea that art could be unmoored from its common purpose of representing the superficial appearance of the world around and it can convey emotions and spiritual states independently, is the basis for Holle's works. Thus in his works swirls, splashes and brush marks are charged with emotions making spontaneous act visible which  indicates artists' presence. Large expanses of canvas with forms like nebulas and galaxies in Holle's works, further invite viewer to associate metaphorically to the cosmos, creating sense of vastness in his paintings. 

Dilip Ranade

Artist & Sr. Curator
European & Indian Modern Painting,
Chatrapati Shivaji Museum, Mumbai, India.


light radiating on the sand of shores, on the water, peeping from behind the mountains…assuring life all over this earth- Pankaja JK


Hailing from a small village in Maharashtra, Holle graduated from Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya, Pune. During his Diploma he mastered the skill of portrait painting and did figurative painting but it was strictly due to need of curriculum. He was always inspired by paintings of Gaitonde and abstraction was always a passion and fascination for him.

He is not just a painter but musically inclined too and one can feel his rhythmic sensibilities on reading his statement about his idea of painting. Though he states it in his mother –tongue (Marathi), here is the translated version of it, “There is a melody song in the silence and noise of nature which can be hummed…if it is put in lyrics and particular rhythm and resonance is applied according to its character , it can be made more melodious…same is the attractive natural light….clearly introducing its presence in darkness, indicating presence of life on this earth and universe around by being light of the day…light radiating on the sand of shores, on the water, peeping from behind the mountains…assuring life all over this earth…I have circuitously got associated with it and the subject, theme and emotions in paintings have unknowingly got its character…the association is like mother and child relation which could not be selected voluntarily like wise my naval chord was cut from nature.”  

Untitled - Acrylic on canvas. 58x58" 2012 
This promising artist has truly remained faithfully to his passionate spontaneous painting related to elements from nature. In his latest exhibition called ‘Place and Space’ held at Jehangir Art gallery from 04th April to 10th April was a visual treat and meditative experience. This time he spread on his canvas the vast galaxy which is million kilometers away from our planet, a part of nature which is unbounded, indispensable yet remained to be explored at its fullest and yet fascinating to us. Its thoughts and images mystify us. It a womb where millions of stars, known and unknown planets are born and it is a womb that gave birth to our own Earth, which again like its creator has so many mysteries, beauty and mystical secrets hidden in it. Earth changes its makeover with every region, season and natural changes. It is always a visual joy to experience changing makeover of nature. The Galaxy above earth seems to act as a hanging mirror and reflects characteristic of nature in every phase and colour.

Holle has tried to capture this in his paintings. His abstraction is always unwinding different aspects of nature. This may be because he opened his eyes to see the world in a small village with natural setting, a village called Aalandi in the lap of Bhimashankar mountain in Maharashtra.  Nature still dominates his place of birth and it is still away from urbanization. Holle now lives in midst of city hustle bustle where there is no breathing space, it has luxury, but that demands ones rightful leisure time, privacy. It is difficult to find trust, contentment and happiness in true sense. The paintings are perfect getaway from this obvious unavoidable stress in life. They are meditative in nature.

Splash and swirls of colours seems spreading in rhythmic pattern highlights artist’s love for music. Along with the aura of musical compositions , there is a lavish use of colors of nature like blue and grey depicting clear and cloudy sky or blue water and shinning sand, variation in green of trees and plants, red, gold and other bright colors stand for birds, animals, flowers and so on. In some paintings there is a glitter in midst of grave dark background and this is his fascination for observing clear sky during dark nights that he usually observed when he stayed in village and slept in courtyard of his house, this beauty of nature has made permanent impression on artist. Holle confesses of having magnetic attraction towards ‘light’ in nature and its shine either in sky, on water or its ‘oasis’ effect on stretched shores. Idyllic settings are the undetachable from his paintings.

His paintings act as mode to escape from social turmoil for some time and have meditation like effect to make one relax. Person is bound to go in trance and feel light and peaceful. The present chaos in the world caused by natural calamities, advanced technology and energy used to produce dangerous and destructive weapons for mass destruction, unhealthy competitions among countries and people, poverty and likewise reasons seems to have stimulated Holle to present swirls, splashes charged with emotions something that is nice to eyes, mind and soul. Installation is also significant as it represents Nebula from which millions of small and big stars are born, all of them having their own DNA and some of them so powerful that they are said to influence human existence on this planet.

Installation- Jehangir art gallery 04 -10 april 2012
After college, he fully engrossed himself in abstract painting and today he is most coveted young abstract painter from Mumbai and Pundole Art gallery patronize his creation. His work is exhibited in almost all the reputed galleries in India and his paintings have been awarded and have the honor of  being collection at N.C.P.A. Mumbai, Torent House Ahmedabad, Sir J. School of Art Mumbai, Apparao Galleries, Chennai, private collectors and many other collection in India. Holle has a long way to go as he says he doesn’t know what lies in future and which new makeover of nature and earth will be projected in his next creations, but he is confident of coming up with something beautiful and peaceful. 

- Pankaja JK


                          Norman Page

Holle has discovered a way of returning, spiritually and creatively, to that lost world, and it is in his work that he finds the spaces that daily life does not easily provide. His paintings bring together the passions of his life: the rhythms of
nature and music (he is deeply interested in Indian classical music), and above all the spaces of landscape and skyscape. Inside the mature artist is the village boy who looked at the fields and landscapes and the constellations of the heavens and was filled with excitement and awe at the pulsing life of their spaces.
He was born in the remote village of kasari in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra, whose capital is Mumbai, formerly Bombay. For most westerners predominant images of India are of overcrowding—teeming streets, swarming tenements, trains and buses spilling over with passengers. But India is a large country, and the rural areas, where most of the population live, can strike the traveller as strangely empty. Outside Holle’s native village were the fields cultivated by the villagers and then the comparatively empty spaces of the countryside. These spaces made a deep impression on Holle as a child—these and the more distant spaces of the heavens, whose constellations figure in his paintings.
At the village school he encountered books in his mother tongue of Marathi and also began to draw and paint. At this stage he was deeply immersed in village culture, and he soon helped to paint religious scenes on the walls of the local temple. An important local icon is the white bullock, the centre of an annual festival and an important motif in religious art, and these duly appeared in his early work.
His subsequent life and career have taken him far from his native village: first to art schools in Nasik and Pune (formerly Poona), then, almost inevitably, to Mumbai. There he attended the famous and historic school of art at which Rudyard Kipling’s father was once a professor. Now he lives with his wife and son in a township not strictly within the city limits but essentially part of this huge and rapidly growing city crowded onto a narrow peninsula. “I long for open spaces,” he told me, “but I spend most of my life within four walls.” It is true that in Mumbai one is never far from the ocean, and the beach is only a few kilometers from his home: on a little table in his sitting-room are pebbles sculpted by the waves and other objects found on his walks. But in speaking to him it becomes clear that he is acutely conscious of his physical separation from the land in which he grew up and in which his imagination was formed.
Norman Page
Mumbai,March 2008
( Norman Page- Emeritus Professor, University of Nottingham u.k. He has wrote books on Modern English Literature. He is British & lives in England as well as India since 20years).

              Trust in the Natur"
                      Dilip Ranade

                  Inspired by NATURE
                                                                                     Ashrafi s. Bhagat