Sensitive and full of colour, Sujata Achrekar’s paintings are a reflection of her mind. She is able to convey the misery and the helplessness of humans trapped by circumstances, from which there is no escape. The unusual textual quality of her work is due to the skilful handling of colour and theme. These form a basis for her to portray the myriad moods and lives of the working class.
Most of her creations are restricted to a single figure that occupies the centre stage. It is in her treatment of these that she gives individuality to the canvases. Sujata Achrekar blends figures and the abstract, and then proceeds to distort them to get her message across. Depicting the pain that is an inseparable part of human destiny, Achrekar’s works have a pervasive atmosphere of melancholy.
Achrekar’s canvases are predominantly worked in oils, with a profusion of earthy tones. Raw sienna, ochre and burnt orange are thrown into relief, and white is used sporadically. However, she is not averse to more brilliant shades: blues, reds and yellows also find a place on her palette, but are laid on sparingly.