New Delhi, b.1942

Madhvi Parekh

Madhvi Parekh is recognized by scholars as one of the most significant living Indian artists, who has established her own oeuvre and language in contrast to the artistic conventions of her time. With no formal education in art, her work initially evolved from childhood memories, popular folk stories, legends of her village, and the forms of painting that were part of her family’s everyday rituals, such as the traditional floor designs of rangoli. Inspired by her artist-husband Manu Parekh and artists such as Paul Klee and Joan Miró, Parekh began painting in 1964. Her paintings are unplanned, unfolding like a story where she adapts each work to the scale it demands and developing from a single point into vast narratives.

Apart from folk motifs, legends, and figures, Parekh also uses...

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Biography

Madhvi Parekh is recognized by scholars as one of the most significant living Indian artists, who has established her own oeuvre and language in contrast to the artistic conventions of her time. With no formal education in art, her work initially evolved from childhood memories, popular folk stories, legends of her village, and the forms of painting that were part of her family’s everyday rituals, such as the traditional floor designs of rangoli. Inspired by her artist-husband Manu Parekh and artists such as Paul Klee and Joan Miró, Parekh began painting in 1964. Her paintings are unplanned, unfolding like a story where she adapts each work to the scale it demands and developing from a single point into vast narratives.

Apart from folk motifs, legends, and figures, Parekh also uses imaginary characters in figurative and abstracted orientations in her compositions, demonstrating her use of rhythm and repetition. In most of her works, she utilizes the familiar settings and motifs of Kalamkari, a traditional hand-painted or block-printed cotton textile, and Pichwai, devotional pictures on cloth or paper, in which she enshrines the main character of the composition in the center and fills the minor or secondary ones in the borders.

Artworks

45

Untitled, 2015

Related Categories

20th Century Art / 21st Century Art / Abstract and Figurative / Acrylic on Canvas / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Art of the 1960s / Art of the 1970s / Art of the 1980s / Art of the 1990s / Art of the 2000s / Art of the 2010s / Autobiographical Approach / Canvas / Cartoonish/Fictitious Characters / Contemporary Indian Art / Drawing / Faux Naïf / India / Indian Art / Indian Folk Art / Ink / Ink on Paper / Inspired by Folk Tales / Myths / Inspired by Religion / Modern Indian Art / New Delhi / Oil on Board / Oil on Canvas / Oil Paint / Oil Painting / Painting / Paper / Pastel / Rhythmic Expression / Self Taught Artist / Symbolic Images / Tracking Memories / Women Artists

Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    The Curious Seeker, DAG, New York, NY

  • 2017

    The Curious Seeker, DAG Modern, New Delhi

  • Last Super, Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa by Seagull Foundation

Group Exhibitions

  • 2009

    Zip Files, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, B&G Foundation, Mumbai

  • 2008

    Black & White, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Journey, presented by Tao Art Gallery, at the New York Academy of Art, New York

Film Screening

  • 1992

    Documentary film Dwitya on Madhvi and Manu Parekh by Suraj Purohit, sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

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Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019

    The Curious Seeker, DAG, New York, NY

  • 2017

    The Curious Seeker, DAG Modern, New Delhi

  • Last Super, Church of Santa Monica, Old Goa by Seagull Foundation

  • 2016

    Last Super, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata by Seagull Foundation

  • Last Super, National gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore by Seagull Foundation

  • 2013

    Last Super, Habitat Center, New Delhi by Seagull Foundation

  • 2011

    Last Super, St. Thomas Chapel, Kolkataby Seagull Foundation

  • 2006

    Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2004

    Nature Morte, New Delhi

  • 2001

    Chemould Art Gallery, New Delhi, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions

  • 2009

    Zip Files, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, B&G Foundation, Mumbai

  • 2008

    Black & White, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Journey, presented by Tao Art Gallery, at the New York Academy of Art, New York

  • 2007

    Indiart Show, presented by Tao Art Gallery at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo

  • India Art 2007, London, presented by Tao Art Gallery, at the House of Lords, London

  • Mark of Masters-I, Portfolio of Etchings, Ganesha Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2006

    Making of Divinity, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  • Back to Future, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  • The Essence Art Show in Egypt presented by Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Two 2 Tango, presented by Gallerie Nvya at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

  • Unnayan, Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

  • 2005

    Margi and Desi, presented by Gallery Espace at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

  • Bridges—Exploring New Paradigms, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2004

    Fair and Furious—Feminine Fables, Jebiwool Art Museum, Seoul

  • 2003

    Celebration of Colour, presented by Vadehra Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 2002

    Nav Nayika, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Home-Street-Shrine-Bazaar, exhibition of contemporary Indian art at Manchester Gallery, UK

Film Screening

  • 1992

    Documentary film Dwitya on Madhvi and Manu Parekh by Suraj Purohit, sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India

Grants/Awards

  • 2017

    Kailash Lalit Kala Award, Shri Chitrakutdham Trust, Mahua, Bhavnager, Gujarat, India