Bharat Makanji, a watercolour artist, born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1958 moved to Ashton-under-Lyne in 1970. A career in engineering prepared him with design and technical ability. Upon being made redundant in the 1980s he took up his interest in drawing and painting in watercolours.
Bharat, who is self taught has been inspired by artists such as Wimslow Homer and Sir William Russell Flint. His attraction to the medium of watercolour in the first place was the combination of freedom and fluidity, but still the necessity to retain the element of control.
“For me, I paint each time as if I am doing a signature-once I have committed paint to paper, I will not stop halfway through”
Having lived in Africa, India and England, Bharat has been equipped with a wealth of inspiration with which to paint. Watercolour has served as a universal communicational tool, where the restriction of language is surpassed by the visual alone. His paintings are loosely painted landscapes which have always provoked a reaction – feeling that is generated within, one that makes him WANT to paint.
His latest innovation is creating modern abstract artwork on glass using acrylic paints, creating vibrant unique pieces of work. He says:
“My artwork on glass is based on what’s happening at the present time and how nature and mankind interacts”
He has also done bespoke etched glass designs; commissioned pieces of artwork which involve spraying the glass with sand, which results in the surface having a translucent frosted appearance. Various tones, depths and textures are created using this technique.
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