Artist Minakshi Patil after successful show at India Art Festival, New Delhi in January last is presenting her 9th solo exhibition of paintings at Nehru Centre.
Minakshi, a multi-faceted personality, an artist, poet-writer, Documentary film-maker and above all government officer -Secretary, Maharashtra state board of Literature and Culture – dabbles in multiple fields since the beginning of her career. This broad spectrum of her personal and creative life generated in her a kind of social and aesthetic commitment. Her paintings, even the abstractions are expression of that commitment.
On Minakshi’s recent paintings, well-known cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote surmises “Departures from an idiom of lyrical abstraction, Minakshi’s recent paintings communicate themselves as aubades and nocturnes, portraits of the celestial sphere in various moods. In viewing and savouring their pyrotechnics, we find ourselves transported into a larger frame of being: the ritu-samhara or cycle of the seasons that we too often neglect or forget in the pursuit of our accelerated metropolitan lives”.
In her earlier series of paintings too Minakshi has experimented with the various characteristic of darkness or absence of light. Out of darkness emerges the light. The light may be a splash of lightening or a vibration due to an explosion that may be generated out of a societal/celestial turmoil. These two opposing condition of darkness and light creates a dramatic conflict.
The Philosophical background of Minakshi’s Indian existence comes into play here. She assimilates tradition with contemporary reality. In one of her earlier phases of painting Minakshi worked with realistic form, where naturalistic delineation was transformed in a very subtle way in the line of Western pop art.
Exhibition Dates: 25 April to 01 May 2017
Venue : Nehru Centre Art Gallery(AC), Discovery of India Building, Dr. A. B. Road, Worli, Mumbai