Yes, you read the title again. No, there was no typo there.
An exhibition of sollages - that means collage with solar - by Jayant Shidhaye is on at the Chitramayee - State Gallery of Fine Arts, from 1st to 8th April. Shidhaye is a solar energy expert, and in a career of over two decades, spent all his time developing and marketing silicon-solar energy systems. From the technically complex world of solar electricity, a journey to art has indeed been quite a transformation. Shidhaye is now probably the world's only artist who has used the medium of silicon chips to express his artistic talent.
He has used silicon chip, the same material which is used to make computer chips, and has developed a new art medium - Sollage. Soilage is a pleasant visual experience Shidhaye has created more than 100 sollages of landscapes, portraits, contemporary and traditional themes, and even oleograph-sized pieces of art.
The hues and variations of color that these silicon chips intrinsically exhibit have accentuated the beauty of his sollages. Broken chips, and used and rejected silicon chips, have been given a magnificent form and meaning by the artist. The choice of chips to depict difficult aspects like clouds, birds, expressions of joy, depth of the images in landscapes etc., is pleasantly surprising considering the medium that has been used.
Shidhaye has no formal training in any form of painting or fine arts, and so sollage was developed by him purely instinctively and perfected by the choice of the silicon materials, and the subjects he has chosen. Shidhaye has been an ardent traveler and has visited every nook and corner of rural India and many distant parts of the world. His sollages are indeed a reflection of the sights and scenes he had seen during his travels.
Sollage as an art form can never be reproduced or reprinted, and each sollage will remain a unique piece due to the fact that the same kind of irregular silicon chips cannot be reproduced. For further details, please contact the artist at 92462-01654 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.