Apurva Desai describes himself as ''an urban landscapist'. He probably refers to a series that he had done a few years ago, titled 'A Shipyard Symphony', based on his experience in the ship-breaking yards at Alang in Gujarat.
When working on such subjects close to reality, the artist cannot remain immune to it, and remain an outsider or a neutral observer, which is what adds depth to his work. He has been quoted as saying: Art to me is not an escape from reality, but is an integral expression of life in all its range and splendor. My art is of life, for life. I always feel life is much larger that art. The revolutionary ideas of creation always rage from my inner depths. These ideas form the basis of the transformation into living canvases. The artist has long been known to relate his art to the relative brimming of experience and memory.
The Baroda based artist, now in his mid-forties, studied painting at C. N. College of Fine Art, Ahmedabad and did Masters in Painting from M. S. University, Baroda. He has had several solo shows so far at major galleries in Kolkata, Ahmedabad and New Delhi. He has also featured in several group shows.
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