It’s not often that one gets to witnesses an art work which reflects, rural and the contemporary forms together. Vivid use of colours and memory markers blend perfectly with the themes of her paintings and this is the iconic trademark of the artist, Madhvi Parekh. She started with a thought - to do something of her own. Over the years she has exhibited her work in the country and overseas. Shrishty Mishra catches up with the artist. Read on...
What inspired you to paint? When did you start?
I always wanted to do something of my own and I was always attracted to paintings. In 1964 I started pursuing art on my own. The rich folk traditions of picture making in Gujarat helped my interest.
Do you have any formal training?
No, I am a self taught artist, I kept exploring over the years. My works are refections of my childhood memories and my village.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
I observe things. Every time something or other catch my attention and serves as an inspiration for me.
You use very vivid colours on your medium, any special reason for that?
I belong to Gujarat, art and culture there is extremely colourful and colours to me represent sensitivity so I use them a lot. It is a part of where I come from.
What was the inspiration behind your latest exhibition Last Supper?
I visited art galleries to see works of other artists; I traveled a lot. Recently I was in Israel and Moscow where beauty of churches inspired me to paint. The calmness and serenity I felt in those churches helped me with this complete my work and influenced me.
How much time it took to complete the exhibition?
It took me around a year to complete the work for this exhibition.