Dr. Dattatreya Phadke is a practicing physician (Histopathologist) in Pune, India. He recently relocated from USA to India after having spent over twenty years in the US and briefly in UK. Since childhood, while growing up in Pune, he has always been doing some form of art and craft such as drawing, painting, and creating greeting cards for friends and family. Having spent a long-time pursuing medicine, and with its busy and demanding schedule, art suddenly took a back seat, but he always kept in touch by visiting art shows and art exhibits in museums. This inspired him to take up painting again. He is self-taught, except for an odd day painting workshop.
Since young, he was always fascinated by fabric while in India, with their vibrant colors and different textures in cotton and silk. His journey of making fabric collages started about a decade ago while in the US. It was at an art festival in a suburb of Michigan, that he was drawn and impressed with the beautiful art quilts that some of the artists had displayed. This inspired him to try fabric as a medium of art and what started out as a new form of art expression truly became his passion. It also was a good stress buster both in his busy professional as well as personal life.
Dattatreya has displayed his vibrant fabric collages at many local exhibitions and art shows, while in the US and recently in India. He has won a few awards for some of my artwork in juried exhibitions and was also invited to do solo exhibitions. 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, and recently a solo exhibition at Darpan Art Gallery in Pune, India (2018).
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”. Some of his artwork has also been published including Incite 2: Color Passions, The Best of Mixed Media Juried International Competition, “Color Burst”, published in October 2014 and in The Digital Cloth Issue 2 (Holiday Issue), online, Australia, December 2020
He received a lot of appreciation and positive response from 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.