An abstract painter, Gopal S. Adivrekar has taken the art of non-figurative painting to a new high. His canvases are unforgettable creations of colour.
Born in 1938, in a small village of the Konkan, Adivrekar came to Mumbai and joined the Sir J. J. School of Art to complete his graduation in 1963. He then went on to chart a distinguished career as an abstract artist. Adivrekar has been associated with the Lalit Kala Academi for a number of years. He has also served as an art designer with the Weavers Service Centre and held the post of Chairman of the Bombay Art Society for a couple of years. His influence on the art scene has been two-fold: both as an artist and as an organiser.
Adivrekar’s canvases bear the unmistakable stamp of genius and are sheer poetry in colour. The blue of the sea, the white of the surf, clouds, birds, golden sands and black rock glistening in the sun are all reminiscent of the beautiful coastal region that Adivrekar hails from. He has taken all these and transformed them into abstract art forms that are symbolic and divorced from naturalism. Powerful imagery and the wonderful blending of hues make his paintings a visual treat and a finely balanced piece of art.
Gopal Adivrekar passed away in September 2008.