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Artist : Madhavi Parekh(Senior Contemporary)


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Born and raised in a village in Gujarat, Madhvi Parekh had no formal education in art. Her art gained roots from a treasure trove of childhood memories, popular folk stories and local legends of her village. Her paintings, often spontaneous are manifestations of day to day artistic rituals that were a part of her family such as the traditional floor designs of rangoli. Deeply inspired by her artist husband Manu Parekh and artists such as Paul Klee and Miro, Madhvi began to paint in 1964.

In Madhvi Parekh’s paintings, one can sense the vital role played by the artist’s imagination and her consciousness to invest the imagery of floor designs practised by women in Hindu households while undergoing festive rituals with a sort of magic realism. She not only reinvents and reinterprets these symbols and imagery but gives them a sort of an artistic agency. The artist also uses imaginary characters in figurative and abstracted orientations in her compositions. In most of her works, she utilises the settings of Kalamkari and Pichwai where she enshrines the main character of the composition in the centre and fills the minor or secondary ones  in the borders.

She has been exhibiting her work since 1972, all over the world and has more close to a hundred solo and group shows to her credit.

Madhvi Parekh lives and works in Delhi.

Birth

1942

Education

  Self-Taught

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  2006 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  2003-04 Nature Morte, New Delhi

  2001 Gallery Chemould, Mumbai

  1999 Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Fantasy and Folklore’, Gallery Bose Pacia Modern, New York

  1997 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

 1997 Nazar Art Gallery and Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda

  1997, 95 Gallery Foundation for Indian Artists (F.I.A), Amsterdam, Netherlands

  1994 Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany

  1993-94 Exhibition of 30 years of works sponsored by Seagull Foundation and Vadehra Art Gallery, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi

  1992 Sakshi Gallery Chennai, Bangalore

  1986 Dhoomilal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1985 AI-Khaleeja, Kuwait

  1984 Urja Art Gallery, Vadodara

  1982 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1978 Dhoomilal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1975 Dhoomilal Gallery, Mumbai, New Delhi

  1972 Chemould Art Gallery, Kolkata

Selected Group Exhibitions

  2011 'Aureus 2011', Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi

  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

  2006-07 ‘Inventing / Inverting Traditions’, Grosvenor Vadehra, London

  2006 ‘Making of Divinity’, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai.

  2006 ‘Back to Future’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  2006 ‘The Essence Art Show: Egypt’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2005 ‘Bridges: Exploring New Paradigms’, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

  2005 ‘The Margi and the Desi – between Tradition and Modernity’, organized by Gallery Espace at Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Galleries, New Delhi

  2004 ‘Fair and Furious: Feminine Fables’, Jebiwool Art Museum, Seoul

  2003 ‘Celebration of Colors’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2002 ‘Nav Nayika’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  2002 ‘Home, Street, Shrine, Bazaar’, Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art, Manchester Gallery, UK

  1999 'Icon' Of The Millennium, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 ‘As You Like It’, organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1999 Nature Morte, Sydney

  1998 ‘Watercolor’, , organized by Vadehra Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1997 James Harvey Gallery, Balmain, Australia

  1997 ‘50 Years of Independence’, Vadehra Art Gallery in National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA ), New Delhi

  1997 ‘Color of Independence’, organized by Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) in National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA ), New Delhi

  1997 ‘Through the Looking Glass’, Lakeeren Gallery, Mumbai

 1997 ‘Self and the World’, Gallery Escape in National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA ), New Delhi

  1997 ‘Major Trends in Indian Art’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1997 ‘The Intuitive Logic – II’, New Delhi, Mumbai

  1997 ‘Gift for India’, SAHMAT in Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1997 ‘Kali’, Exhibition in the Tropical Museum, Amsterdam

  1996 ‘Inside Out- Contemporary women Artists of India’, a traveling show by Middlesborough Art Gallery, U.K.

  1996 'Watercolor Show’, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

  1996 Contemporary Indian Painters, Associated with Jehangir Art Gallery

  1996 ‘Chamatkar’, Organized By Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA) , Kolkata at London

  1995 'HEADS", Maya Art Gallery Mumbai

  1995 'Cry' Mumbai

  1995 Group Show of Three Women Painters at Gallery Schoo, Amsterdam

  1995 Group Show of Watercolors at Chemould Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1995 Group Show of 1uuDS, Maya Art Gallery, Hong Kong

  1995 Helpage India, Mumbai

  1995 ‘Postcard for Gandhi’, SAHMAT at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and New York

  1994 Organized by Gallery Schoo at London

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

  1993 Group Show by Vadehra Art Gallery, at Hussain Ki Sarai, New Delhi

  1993 Group Show by Vadehra Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1993 ‘A Critical Difference’, show of 9 Indian Artist at Camden Art Centre, London

  1990 ‘Contemporary Art’, SAHMAT Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1990 ‘Tribute to Nelson Mandela’, Little Theatre Gallery, New Delhi

  1989 ‘Art Mosaic’, Spastic Society, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata

  1988 ‘Through the Looking Glass’, Watercolors by Arpita Singh, Nalini Malani and Nilima Sheikh, at the Lakaeeren Gallery, Mumbai; CCA Art Gallery, New Delhi; Bangalore; Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai and Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  1987 ‘Contemporary Indian Art for Cry’, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata   1985 'Play’, ICCR, Istanbul, Ankara, Yugoslavia

  1983 Group Show of three Women Artists, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal

  1978 ‘New Contemporaries’, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  1971 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  1968 Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

Joint Exhibitions

  1977 Head Series with Manu Parekh, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1969 With Manu Parekh, Chetna Art Gallery, Mumbai

Participations

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

  2011 'Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue Art, Singapore

  2011 'Roots in the Air, Branches Below: Modern & Contemporary Art from India', San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

  2010 'Art Celebrates 2010', represented by Gallerie Ganesha at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi to coincide with the hosting of the Commonwealth Games

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

  2010 Annual Exhibition, Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi

  1996 ‘Harmony Show’, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

  1975 '3rd Triennale of India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

Honours and Awards

 

  2003 Whirlpool Women’s Achievement in The Field of Fine Art

  1989-91 Government of India Senior Fellowship

  1989 Fund for Artist Colonies, Residency Fellowship at Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

  1989 USIA Fellowship for extensive travel in USA

  1979 National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  1970-72 French Government Scholarship for Fine Arts to study in Paris

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