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Manu Parekh



Education  1958-62 Diploma in Drawing & Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai 1951 Student of Mukund Shroff, Ahemadabad Exhibitions  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  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 Polemics have always intrigued Manu Parekh – the energy of the organic form and the inherent sexuality within these forms are intangible elements in his works. His paintings provoke viewers to take notice of the world around them through the emotion, pain and anguish expressed in the subjects of his paintings. His colors and forms exude a volatile energy that can barely be contained within the confines of his canvas, and become an extension of the artist's personality. Vivid colours and prominent lines are an integral part of Parekh’s work and each exudes the energy that he attempts to capture. Parekh admits to being very strongly influenced by his surroundings. His stay in the city of Calcutta, for instance, drew him towards Santiniketan and the old masters of Indian art, Ram Kinkar Baij and Rabindranath Tagore. His appreciation of their work, more at a perceptual level than stylistic one, urged him to delve deeper into the thoughts that inform his own ouevre. Banaras as a city came to play an integral role in Parekh’s work after his first visit there following his father’s death. This holy city of hope, of faith, of tourists offered him a vast number of contradictions in one location. Parekh also highlights his relationship with his wife Madhvi, who is a self taught artist, and his admiration for Picasso as key influences on his works.

Manu Parekh

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    • Studied at Sir J.J School of Art Mumbai


Artist Statement

Polemics have always intrigued Manu Parekh – the energy of the organic form and the inherent sexuality within these forms are intangible elements in his works. His paintings provoke viewers to take notice of the world around them through the emotion, pain and anguish expressed in the subjects of his paintings. His colors and forms exude a volatile energy that can barely be contained within the confines of his canvas, and become an extension of the artist's personality. Vivid colours and prom
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Artist Biography

Education  1958-62 Diploma in Drawing & Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai 1951 Student of Mukund Shroff, Ahemadabad Exhibitions  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 f
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