Yashwant Shirwadkar is a master in impressionistic landscape painting. Initially making pencil drawings and watercolour sketches on location he then works in the oil medium with palette knife to create his landscape paintings. His impressionistic style is somewhat dictated by his choice of implement, the palette knife, the fleeting strokes help define the beautiful scenery of the chosen region. Whether he is portraying the city of Mumbai, or the ghats of Banaras, Shirwadkar’s love of architecture is unmistakable and has largely influenced his work.
Most frequent amongst Shirwadkar's works are scenes from the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. Most Hindus consider Varanasi a holy city, as the River Ganges flows through it. In Shirwadkar's paintings we see this city in all of its glory. He paints people taking dips in the river or praying and meditating on its banks, the multitude of small temples almost falling of the cliff face and the narrow street teeming with life and activity.
Shirwadkar manages to blend his colours so well in all his paintings, that we actually see the radiance from a setting or rising sun lighting up the city and transforming it into a shimmering and almost breathing, beautiful creature. In his canvas, 'Symphony on the Steps,' we see how the artist has deftly used a palette knife (no brushwork at all) and oils to recreate the typical scene one witnesses on a Banaras Ghat, or the steps that lead down to the river.
Yashwant Shirwadkar is extensively travelled and has held solo exhibitions of his work in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Varanasi, Cochin, France, Germany, London, Luxembourg, Belgium, Nepal, Switzerland and the United States of America. At the same time he has participated in group shows too both in India and abroad. His works are also regularly included in domestic and international auctions of Indian Art, breaking records at auction houses like Sotheby's and Christie's.