Tushar Sabale is an Indian born, British artist based in London. He was taught the basics of art under his guru and art professor, Girish Sahadeo, but also gained a lot of his knowledge through independent study and practice. Tushar focuses on portraits and still life and animates them in the medium of oil colour.
He places his work between Impressionism and Realism with some Luminist touches.
“I attempt to allow the viewer to see the essence of the subject in my paintings, while still providing imaginative interpretation. The use of chiaroscuro and a wide range of colours has become my distinctive style of painting”.
Tushar grew up in the Indian suburbs surrounded by lush green farms and vineyards. His artistic talent became evident in the very early years of his life. Annual summer vacations at his grandparent’s countryside home were very inspiring to the young artist who spent most of his time drawing and sketching the scenery, always managing to capture the rustic allure of the Indian countryside.
At the age of just 12 years old, Tushar won first prize in a Drawing Competition amongst 1 million students who participated that year across the whole of India.
A year before that at the age of 11, he was amongst the top 2 winners in a similar national level painting competition and has continued to win many state, national and international awards for his paintings.
His passion in the field of art led him to choose Architecture at university. After completing his Bachelor’s degree, he decided to further explore art in the field of Design and thereafter undertook a Master’s Degree course wherein he studied Product Design, from one of the leading institutes in India, The Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Tushar embarked on his professional career as a Creative Designer, designing watches for multinational brands like Timex as also other such companies. His move to London in 2006 saw him working for a design patent company that helped aspiring designers to conceptualise their ideas into working products. His experience also includes designing pieces for Hollywood movies while as a designer for a high-end jewellery brand.
Even with his professional success as a designer, there was something Tushar had ignored which was his innate need to paint. After few years of sabbatical, he rekindled his love affair and went back to his canvases and paintbrushes and has not looked back since.
In the past few years he has been in many group exhibitions and has had two solo exhibitions in London, which were all great successes. His work was widely appreciated which has aided in securing him many commissions from art lovers and has rightly boosted his career as an artist.
Tushar loves experimenting and has tried using a variety of tools other than brushes to bring out the desired effect. In one of his solo exhibitions in London, his entire collection was painted using only palette knives and rubber tip brushes. He did a limited collection of Roosters and portraits based on the same style wherein he used bold strokes and vivid colours on his canvases.
Having recently come back from a trip to New York, Tushar arrived in his studio rejuvenated and greatly inspired by the classic art and historic paintings that he had seen at the art galleries and museums he had visited. Since then he has altered his usual style of bold strokes and replaced it with stronger classic subjects with his contemporary vision. His new work retains his familiar aesthetic compositions and at the same time offers a new ambition to his paintings.
Tushar Sabale is a keen gardener and when he is not found in his studio, it is easy to spot him in his garden. This passion can clearly be seen to influence his artwork. Gardening is not an amateur pursuit for him, in fact, he takes pride in nurturing and producing enough vegetables for his family to the extent that he believes they might soon stop going to the supermarkets.
He reiterates what Monet believed that ‘Gardening is the best way to avoid thinking about all the sad times’.It offers him a peaceful guard and is a source of inspiration for his art.
Tushar’s paintings form a part of many private collectors and corporate galleries. He is one of the few contemporary artists who has had a privilege to paint portraits for the Royals and the A-listers of the British society. A few of these works will be displayed in his summer exhibition before making their way home to their owner’s estates.