Dattatreya Phadke

Dattatreya phadke

Artist’s Statement

My fabric collages are a unique style, giving a paint free painting like effect. They draw the viewer to come up close only to appreciate the intricacy and details that create them. They are vibrant, colorful and representational pieces of art, inspired mostly from photos taken during my travels.

I use thousands of scraps of fabric as my color palette. Textured and colored fabrics are cut into numerous pieces that are then glued or fused using a bonding medium onto a canvas background in layers until I am satisfied with the correct shape and color value. I draw inspiration from photos taken during my travel, and at a later date create a particular piece of fabric collage. It is my attempt to blend the fabrics of such varied types and textures in unison to create this unique painting like effect.

I love nature and to travel. During such trips, I take a lot of photos of things that catch my eye. At a later date, it is these photos that inspire me to create a particular piece of art. It is my humble attempt to capture a tiny piece of the grandeur and beauty I experienced, including the lush mountains, the powerful, yet serene hues of the ocean and especially the flowers that truly capture my heart. I am always drawn to their vibrant colors, and the simple delicate architecture of the petals. I don’t try and recreate the photo but try and capture its essence as seen through the creative mind’s eye. What started out as a new form of art expression is now truly become my passion.

Each one of us has this creative side which just begs to be explored. I firmly believe that giving an expression to one’s creativity is one of the best stress busters. It can be uplifting, inspiring and a great creative outlet for our inner feelings. I hope my art inspires others to take up the pencil or the brush or even scraps of fabric to create little pieces of beauty and share it with all. Joy doubles only by sharing and so does art.

Dattatreya’s collection will be on display at Lehigh Valley Arts Council (840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201, Allentown) until the end of October. Our hours of operation are 9am to 5pm.

Artist’s Biography

I, Dattatreya Phadke am a Pathologist by training, practicing in the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania area, where I reside with my wife and son. We recently relocated from Michigan. Since childhood, I have been doing some form of art and craft with drawing, painting and creating greeting cards for friends and family. Having spent a long time pursuing medicine, and with its busy and demanding schedule, my art suddenly took a back seat, but never really left me. I always kept in touch in the form of visiting art shows and art exhibits in museums. This inspired me to take up painting again.

In an attempt to brush up my painting skills I came across many new techniques that I felt excited about and was eager to know more. Apart from attending a few day workshops to brush up my art skills and learn these new techniques, I do not have any formal art training. I like working in different media as I believe they bring different dimension to the art being created, each with its unique style. However, in a particular piece I try to stay true to only one medium and generally do not mix different media. I have worked with acrylics and watercolors, and have done Indian tribal art, floral and landscape paintings and watercolor batik on rice paper.

Using fabric as my paints has been my most recent venture, since about four years. Their vibrant colors and their different textures in cotton and silk have always fascinated me. I use several textured fabrics, cut them in numerous pieces that are then glued or fused using a bonding medium onto a canvas background to create a fabric collage with a paint free painting like effect. They draw the viewer to come up close only to appreciate the intricacy and details that create them.  They are vibrant, colorful and representational pieces of art, inspired mostly from photos taken during my travels.

I have displayed my work at many local exhibitions and art shows, both in Michigan and now here in the Bethlehem area where I have relocated recently.  I have won a few awards for some of my art work in juried local and online art exhibitions and shows. To mention a few: Solo Exhibition, Paintings with Fabric: Vibrant Collages, in Alvin H. Butz Gallery, ArtsQuest Center at the Steels Stacks, Bethlehem PA, February 14th – April 12th, 2015, Lehigh Art Alliance Selected Artists Invitational Group Show, 2015, at the Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA, June 11th – August 4th, 2015. Participation in several Juried Art Shows/Exhibitions, such as Bethlehem Palette Club, PA, Lehigh Art Alliance, PA, Gallery at Mayfair, PA and Baum School of Art, Allentown, PA, juried shows. Others include: Fine Arts Society of South Lyon, MI, “Spring into Art”  Juried Show, April 15-20, 2013, First Place Prize and Ribbon awarded for “Hanging Heliconia” and Honorable Mention Prize and Ribbon awarded for “Aspens in Teton Park”; Incite 2: Color Passions, The Best of Mixed Media Juried International Competition, “Color Burst”,  published in October 2014; American Juried Art Salon, 20th International Online Art Show, Won the Focus Award for “Sunset Over Pinnacle Rock”,  http://artjury.com  with a How-2 Article;  Colors of Humanity Online Art Show – October 1-31, 2014, Landscapes Juried Art Show. “Kaas Valley of Flowers”, First Place Award, http://colorsofhumanityartgallery.com, The Lehigh Art Alliance 79th Annual Fall Juried Art Exhibition, Allentown Art Museum Community Gallery, Allentown, PA, October  1-31, 2014, “The Bridge at Cranbrook”, won the Lehigh Art Alliance Award for Excellence, and “A Winter Morning”, won Honorable Mention Award. “Sun Dance”, Fabric Collage on Canvas was selected for inclusion in the Multifaith Action Society, Canada 2016 calendar, for the month of August, Solo Exhibition at the Radley Run Country Club, West Chester, PA, August 1st – September 2nd 2016.

I have received a lot of appreciation and positive response by fellow artists as well as the viewing patrons.  They were amazed at the intricacy and details of the work, especially how such small bits of fabric were used without any paints, to create a painting like effect, and felt it to be a unique style. I am inspired by the immense positive response to do even more, and share it with everyone.