Pune painter and sculptor Abhijeet Nigade, who came second at the national-level competition Abir ‘First Take 2017’, says that being selected itself was a big achievement for him
Pune boy Abhijeet Nigade has made the city proud. One of the finalists at the recently-concluded Abir ‘First Take 2017’, the painter and sculptor stood second in the national-level competition and his sculpture was exhibited at the second edition of ‘First Take’ exhibition at Ahmedabad, which took place last month.
“It was an amazing feeling being selected at a national level competition and gave me a lot of confidence. It was a big deal for me because I am just starting off. I wasn’t sure if I would get selected but post the selection, I have realised that I can do much more better work,” says Nigade.
The 23-year-old youngster made a sculptor of a pregnant women. He says, “I sculpted a pregnant woman with waste material — small pieces of wood. The idea was to capture the beauty of an expectant mother. Women look beautiful during that phase. It took me four days to finish the sculpture.”
The six winners and 90 artworks shortlisted for Abir ‘First Take 2017’ was selected from 1360 entries from 118 cities. The young artist says that after he got to know about the competition, he uploaded his work online.
Bhartti Verma from New Delhi and Nayana Melinamani from Gulbarga were also declared winners among the painters. Srinivas Pulagam from Vadodara was declared the Print winner and Anju Paliwal from Lucknow was declared the Ceramic Sculpture winner. The winners were selected by a panel of artists including culture critic, art curator and writer Johny ML; Indian contemporary artist Manu Parekh; folk art specialist Madhvi Parekh; and expert sculptor Walter D’Souza.
Nigade, who is a third year student at Abhinav Kala Mahavidyala College of Arts, Pune, says that visiting the exhibiting was an eye-opening experience for him. “I got to meet so many young artists from across the country. It was an amazing experience and a great platform. I not only got to interact with them but also got to know the kind of work that is happening across the country. Different artists are working on different platforms and styles about which we do not know. It was enriching for me,” says Nigade, who has been painting and sculpting since an early age.
Before joining Abhinav, Nigade worked in the animation industry for two years. “But I realised that there’s so much more to learn, so I joined BFA Degree (Bachelors in Fine Arts). I am honing my talent because I want to continue working as a sculptor and painter in the future,” he says, adding, “Though we haven’t been taught sculpting yet, I picked up the style on my own. I keep painting and sculpting in my free time.”
For Nigade, who has also participated in various other competitions, this is just the beginning. He believes that he has a long journey ahead.