Almelkar was rooted in the folk art tradition and took his inspiration from Ajanta's mural style. His water colour works are striking for their depiction of rural life which he portrayed with great feeling . His eye for details, costume and manner gave his art a rich resonance.
He achieved great harmony in expressing folk forms with a modern approach. He took great pains to study Adivasi art and incorporate it in his oeuvre. He used dynamic forms with rhythmic strokes and bright colour schemes in thick impasto which resonated with vibrant energy. His art was very textured and he worked almost obsessively in this idiom.
Among his most famous creations were "Fishermen", "Adivasi" and "Village Road". A large body of his work can be seen in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai.
Courtesy : Sahyadri Lalit Kala Pratishthan, Pune