This work is a part of artist Yogesh Ramkrishna’s series titled “Daily Greeds – Mumbai Rituals”. The works from this series are about the Artist’s experience of living in Mumbai – a large metropolis in India. As a student at the Sir J.J. College of Arts, Yogesh spent a good 4 years living and studying in the city. The college, located in the heart of Colonial Mumbai, acts as a sort of an oasis in the hustle and bustle of the old business district. His daily commute to and from the college led him through the different areas of the city and exposed him to the life and rituals of people of different socio-economic backgrounds. This had a profound impact on his practice.
The painting Mumbai Ritual III is done using watercolor and gouache on paper. The Local Trains of Mumbai are famed for their connectivity and their speed. One sees Yogesh’s take on the cramp experienced by people during the rush hour. The white elephants at the top of the staff are used as a humorous metaphor for the expense of running the trains. One sees a Hookah, a carpet -referring to the mythical magic carpet, one encounters multiple limbs through the transparent dress referring the cramp of the rush hour. Yogesh uses various colloquial metaphors and devices to generate very pointed humor through the work.
Yogesh works with a variety of mediums like oil paintings, acrylics, small sculptures, etc. Most recently he has started combining various printmaking techniques with watercolor, gouache, and acrylic painting techniques. His command over the ‘lines’ in his work is courtesy of this combination of mediums.
The artist lives and works in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.