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Vilas Kulkarni

Vilas is a classic example of walk the talk with 24 years of hiatus before he took to painting full fledged. As a commerce graduate, studied law, running a printing business was a way of life for him until one day browsing through a watercolour painting book by Milind Mulick, his aesthetic instincts were aroused. As a result he held a brush after 24 years and vowed for career in painting only. It was really a leap in dark, still his confidence and devotion were unshakable.
Since 2007, along with Mr. Mulick they started holding workshop in watercolor for the beginners in this field. While participating in this activity few years, he got educated immensely. There came freeness in handling water colors and he got fairly acquainted with medium and it certainly reflected in his painting. From 2011 to till date, he has independently teaching basic and advance watercolour painting to his students at his studio. His students include a whole range of people from doctors to architects to IT professionals , amateur painters, house wives and art students. While learning painting in his class as they look, it is great stress buster or sort of meditation. While depicting nature, the play of light and shadow is his forte, bright lively, vibrant colors is a signature style of his paintings. Vilas says, “once the paper gets mounted on essale, water, brushes and colours are around, my journey starts in the village scapes of costal area in India. Traditional clustered houses in konkan, the beaches, bullock-carts, old wadas are all symbolic of the rich culture and natural resources
of our country. I walk through the brightness and shadows with my colours on the dusty roads, slant roofed houses and upright coconut trees …the fantastic game of light and shadow demonstrated by nature always fascinates me. Shades of Green pull me into the nature and I get dissolved slowly into that”. Companies like Thermax, Persistent, Institutions like Symbiosis, have organized his day long workshop for their employees, students. Corporate giants like Tata Motors have invited him to inaugurate the cultural functions and to preside over as a jury for employees’ drawing competition.
His demonstrations of landscapes in watercolour are also very popular. He has published his first book how to paint watercolour landscape step by step, titled ‘10 Landscapes step by step’. We can say, he is a natural teacher and like to share the joy of painting. To date, besides seven solo exhibitions he has participated in many group shows in Pune, Mumbai, Dubai, Singapore and France. Some of his paintings are in collection with art lovers in India and abroad. Along with Mr. Mulick he had workshop in Dubai also.
He was invited as Exceptional Guest for Biennale 2014, in Rochemaure, France in July. He had conducted 2 watercolour workshops, 3 watercolour landscape demonstration and exhibits his 27 Achievement watercolour :landscapes in exhibition with 28 other artists invited from 8 different countries.He was the only artist invited from India.