Ram Thorat has had over two decades
of experience in advertising. An accomplished art director
and illustrator with some of the biggest names in the
business, he's finally parted ways with his passion
of many years and yielded to his first love; of colour
He is of the opinion that his work today is a by-product
of years of nurturing his inner self in the shadows
of masters. The transmutation of lead to gold by the
philosopher's stone is the kind of analogy he would
give to his journey as a painter; from one who is enamoured
by masters, to one who is able to create some of his
own. And the journey has just begun.
A disciple of Mr. Pant Jambhalikar, he is deeply influenced
by the work of Mr. Thota Vaikuntham, Mr. Kalyan Shete
and many friends who are way to many to name here. He
does not attribute his work as inspired by any other
than life in itself, its unpredictable ebbs and tides
and the vagaries of its scope.
'Live and let live' is the very essence that embodies
every constituent facet of nature. Gautam Buddha, selflessly
extolled these virtues by bringing them to the grasp
and understanding of the common man. This brings out
a sort of 'attainable purity' to the notion that underlies
the scope and expanse of all his teachings.
It is these teachings that Ram has sought to bring
forth in his depictions of Gautam Buddha. Through the
use of tonality of Aurum that covers the expanse of
both dark and light, it is very evident that the essence
that seeks to manifest not only the flavour of 'the
purity of thought' but also a taste that connects you
to the age that was; 'the age of enlightenment'.
Ram urges you not to be influenced by what you see
simply based on the western glorification of eastern
cultures. He would rather, that you see this as an expression
of his own being that attempts to portray a phenomenon
that defies representation, surpasses all praise and
only warrants understanding.