Flower Sutra at Assi Ghat
Flower Sutra at Assi Ghat

Saffronart presents Manu Parekh’s recent paintings in Delhi

Following the retrospective of the senior artist's work at the NGMA in Mumbai last year, this exhibition of paintings done over the past year, will be held at the Lalit Kala Akademi in the capital until November 11

Saffronart will host a book launch and exhibition titled 'Manu Parekh: Recent Paintings' at the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi from 5 – 11 November 2019.. Featuring 42 works created over the course of a single year, the exhibition explores the myriad influences that have informed Parekh’s oeuvre, including nature, worship and ritual, theatre and film, as well as the work of other seminal artists and his own previous works. The exhibition follows the successful retrospective, 'Manu Parekh: 60 Years of Selected Works' hosted by the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai in 2018.

Temple Under Dark Mountains

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Born in 1939 in Gujarat, Manu Parekh completed a Diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai in 1962. The Delhi-based artist’s vibrant paintings explore contradictions and provoke viewers to take notice of the world around them. Benaras as a city has come to play an integral role in Parekh’s work after his first visit there following his father’s death. This holy city of hope and faith offered a vast number of juxtapositions and has been frequently revisited in Parekh’s paintings over the years.

According to Parekh, “Every artist is inspired by the work that artists before him have created. A good artist draws inspiration from everything around him and creates something that is his own.” (Artist quoted in Manu Parekh: Recent Paintings, New Delhi: Aleph Book Company, 2019) Flower Sutra at Tulsi Ghat, 2019 is influenced by Claude Monet’s The Water Lilies and the offerings seen at the ghats of Varanasi, and Graffiti of Temple Wall I, 2018 draws upon a Paul Klee lithograph titled Rausch as well as the holy city’s streets and walls. The decorative forms and bright colours of pichwai inspired Temple Under Dark Mountains, 2018. For Weaver from Kalahandi, 2019, Parekh pays homage to Vincent van Gogh’s A Weaver’s Cottage, and borrows expressions from actor Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of Van Gogh in the film At Eternity’s Gate.

Weaver from Kalahandi

Speaking about the exhibition, Saffronart CEO Dinesh Vazirani said, “We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with the Lalit Kala Akademi to present this versatile exhibition that features the latest series of creations in Manu Parekh’s oeuvre. We are confident that it will appeal to collectors, patrons as well as enthusiasts.”

The exhibition will be held at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi from 5 – 11 November 2019. All works can be viewed on saffronart.com.

5 – 11 November 2019
11 am – 7 pm

Lalit Kala Akademi,
Gallery no. 1 to 4 and Foyer
35, Rabindra Bhavan, Ferozeshah Road
New Delhi 110001


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