Studio Incamminati artists bring school’s message to India

While India is not renowned for a widespread realist art scene, alumni Joe Dolderer says he felt right at home during his master class/live-model painting demonstration in Bangalore.His friend, and current Studio Incamminati student Jay Varma, made sure of that.  

Joe was Jay’s special guest during outreach events tied to an exhibition of paintings featuring Jay’s mother, a celebrated artist in India.With Joe painting and answering questions, and Jay as his translator, the goal of the event was to illustrate the principles of Studio Incamminati’s approach to painting while exploring both countries’ artistic lineage. “We discussed not only techniques,” Joe said, “but Western and Eastern art and how they’ve impacted each other.”

One of the challenges, according to Joe, was just discussing the whole notion of realism in art. Modern and abstract art are quite popular in India. And, much of the crowd’s aesthetic is heavily influenced by the country’s rich mythology and art featuring an array of exotic deities and meticulous decorative ornamental patterns. “They didn’t have a lot of Western aesthetic,” said Joe.

While Joe and his hosts enjoyed common ground on the use of vibrant color and high regard for craftsmanship, their use of “tighter” draftsmanship sparked curiosity about Studio Incamminati’s much looser approach. The artists asked a lot of technical questions about the painting’s start which used the Studio Incamminati approach of direct painting instead of creating a drawing and laying in colors the colors.

“The start fascinated them,” Joe said. “The whole audience was pretty interested in that way of working and they were surprised someone would begin that way, trying to capture the whole composition.”The East Meets West sojourn was aided by the location in Bangalore, a sort of Silicon Valley of India which draws a diverse and sophisticated population.“Everyone was so open to our art and had a huge appreciation for it. They were very interested in the Studio Incamminati curriculum and the whole idea of having such a program,” Joe said. “I was so happy to be accepted and find how our art was accepted by a culture so far away. “It spoke to the universal appeal of art.”