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A  widely celebrated artist, he is perhaps best known for his series depicting the soul of the city of Varanasi with the Ganges emodyiing its quintessential circle of life and death and the myriad contarditcions in which the holy city is seeped in, pulled powerfully in opposite directions of yin and yang as it were.

Manu Parekh was born in 1939 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He formally studied Art at the Sir J.J. School of Art, Bombay in 1962. As an artist, he was influenced by the works of Arshile Gorky, Roberto Matta, S.B. Palsikar and Rabindranath Tagore. These varied influences fund echoes and expressions in his works and made him embark on a journey exploring his inner landscapes.

He is best known for his depiction of the holy city of Varanasi. Manu Parekh’s landscapes are known for his intuitive use of colour, bold burshstrokes and prominent lines. He has also experimented with colourful abstractions, sexual imagery and figuration. Both nature and day to dday material reality alongwith social issues have been the subject matter of his paintings. The women in his works are represented as nature spirits, plant forms, germinating seeds and allegorical figures recalling mythological traditions.

Manu Parekh brings perspectives from diverse sources to his art. As a stage designer, art designer, actor and an artist, he obliterates the boundary lines between different genres of art. His life trajectory also challenges the false dichotomy created between the so called ‘elite’ art that is menat to be showcased at galleries and biennales and the functional art practiced by millions of crafstpersons of India. Craft ahd been Manu Parekh’s long term interest. In his long term association with the Handloom Board as a consutant designer, he travelled to remote parts of India, working with tribal artsians and craftspersons and helping them create a livelihood out of their indigeous art and craft forms.

Parekh held his first solo exhibition of graphics and paintings in Ahmedabad in 1968, and has not looked back since then. He has widely exhibited in a number of solo and group shows in both India and abroad.

Manu Parekh received the President of India Silver Plaque and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award in 1972. In 1982, he was felicitated with the National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi. He was also honoured with the prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government in 1992.

Manu Parekh’s works feature in many important public and private collections such as National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, Birla Academy of Art and Culture and others.

 

Education

  1958-62 Diploma in Drawing & Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai

  1951 Student of Mukund Shroff, Ahemadabad

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2014-15 'City of Magical Light', Jehangir Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 'Faith: Manu Parekh in Benaras: 1980-2012', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

  2009 'The Pursuit of Intensity', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2004 'Banaras', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2003 'Portraits of Flower and Landscapes of River', at Jehangir Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 'Ritual Oblations', Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi

  1999 'People for Animals', Art World, Chennai

  1999 'People for Animals', Alliance Francois, Chandigarh

  1999 'Ritual Oblations', Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

  1999 'Ritual Oblations', Sakshi Gallery and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1998 'Homage', Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1997 ARKS Gallery, London

  1996 BosePacia Modern, New York

  1995-96 'Still Lifes', sponsored by Seagull Foundation, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai

  1994 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1992 Exhibition of Twenty-Five Years of Work sponsored by Seagull Foundation, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai

  1991 'Small Drawings', Sophia Duchesne Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1991 'Banaras Landscapes', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 'Small Drawings', Village Gallery, New Delhi

  1990 'Man-Made Blindings (Bhagalpur Blindings)', Cymroza Gallery, Mumbai

  1989 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1988 Paintings, Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

  1988 Paintings, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1985 Paintings, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1984 Ten Years of Work, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1984 Paintings and Watercolours, Urja Art Gallery, Baroda

  1981 Paintings, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1978 Paintings, Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1976 Paintings, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1975 Paintings, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1974 Paintings, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1970 Paintings, Taj Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1968 Graphics and Paintings, Ahmedabad

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2012 'On A Journey', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

  2011 'The Lost Sparrow', presented by Gallery Threshold at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

  2011 'Form and Formlessness', Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon

  2011 'Aureus 2011', Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

  2010 '10 x 10', Gallery Threshold, New Delhi

  2010 'Who Has Seen Gandhi?', presented by Tangerine Art Space at Raj Bhavan; KynKyny Art Gallery and Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore

  2010 'Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2010 'Snow', The Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi in collaboration with Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2009 'Zip Files', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2008 'Faces', Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2008 'Urgent Conversations', Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre and Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  2004 Nature Morte, New Delhi

  2004 Rituals at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

  2003 'Celebration of Colours', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2002 'The Affordable Art Show', People for Animals, Maurya Sheraton, New Delhi

  2001 Eight Artists from Bengal, Indian Embassy, Berlin

  2001 'Works on Paper', Bose Pacia Modern, New York

  2000 'Faces', Gallery Espace, Dubai

  1999 'Icons', Lakeeren Gallery. Mumbai

  1999 'As You Like It', Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1998 Opening Show, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 'Colours of Independence', organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata at National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1997 'Fifty Years of Independence', by National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi at Vadehra Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 'Through the Looking Glass', Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 'Gift for India', Sahmat, New Delhi and Mumbai

  1997 'Major Trends of Indian Ar't, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1997 'Intuitive Logic', HEART, New Delhi and Mumbai

  1997 'Kali', exhibition in Topical Museum, Amsterdam

  1996 Contemporary Indian Painters associated with Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1995 'Heads', Maya Art Gallery, Hong Kong

  1995 Postcards for Gandhi, Sahmat

  1993 'Wounds', Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi

  1993 Vadehra Art Gallery at Husain Ki Sarai, New Delhi

  1993 Opening Show, Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata

  1982 Seven Indian Artists, Travelling Exhibition in Worpswede, Hamburg, Hanover, Brauschweig, Bayeuth

  1982 Modern Indian Painting, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Hirschom Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

  1964-85 Thirty group shows ir India and abroad

Participations

 

  2014 'Ode to Monumental: Celebration, Visuality, Ideology', presented by Saffronart at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2012 'Art for Humanity', Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumb

  2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore   2011 '1:3:1- Part I', W+K Exp, New Delhi

  2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1981 5th International Triennale, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi

  1978 4th International Triennale, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi

  1975 3rd International Triennale, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi

Honours and Awards

  1992 Padma Shree by the Government of India

  1991 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta

  1982 National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1974 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, Mew Delhi

  1972 President of India's Silver Plaque, All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, New Delhi

  1971 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Calcutta

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