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Search Within Oneself III

Shivanand Shagoti
Acrylic on Canvas 72 X 36 Inches

"The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn't matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark."


Chasing dreams, money, and status has always been the motto of modern era folks. In the melee, we often tend to ignore/forget our real passion and purpose of life. In some cases, we will be under an illusion that happiness and mental peace lie in external sources. Hence, we often end up looking out for life's meaning in most unlikely places.


In this painting, I want to showcase the life's never-ending search for hidden truth through a persona and a library as its centre theme. He has portrayed a single character in many roles to depict the various stages of 'Realization' about himself. Here, it is important to notice that by a single character, the artist is trying to assert the fact that even though people are different by nature and thoughts, the underlying truth and destinations about their lives are always same.


Various stages of a person's life has been simulated through various roles in this art work. For instance, one of the character is reading a book which conveys a message that he is in search of life's essence, where as some other characters are either sleeping or scratching head which summarizes that they are in a very confused or saturated state to understand the obvious message.


The colors for library's ambiance used are somber which conveys the gloomy mood of the protagonist. The protagonist's characterization is also done in such a way that the long sought answers can be observed from his gaze and drooping body language. These characters provide an enigmatic feeling to the character which makes one to go into the character's mind to know his feelings he is going through. In addition, the books with multi-colored theme are pictorial representation that he is under illusion that he can possibly search for solutions to his questions which are running through his mind.

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