After almost 6 years of traveling and taking her artwork across continents, Madhuri Bhaduri is back in Pune to introduce her new series ‘Moon,’ along with some of her various artworks. Her last show in Pune was held in 2014, which left art lovers captivated. This year, the show will commence at Monalisa Kalagram, Koregaon Park, and will be open to the public between February 11-February 17, 2020. The exhibition will also showcase a collection of Madhuri’s artworks from the series reflections, horizons, glimpses and beyond.
Bhaduri, a Pune-based celebrated artist, is holding a captivating art show in the city after a hiatus of 6 years. Her new collection of work is called ‘Moon’ series which will be on display at Monalisa Kalagram in Koregaon Park from February 11 onwards.
Beyond Madhuri’s canvasses, the show will also adorn some of the recent works as she has found new mediums to experiment with. She discovered a proclivity for crafting scrap metal into utilitarian and decorative objects and has since then created many of these ‘assemblages’, as she likes to call them. After dedicating the majority of her career to her favorite medium – oil on canvas, sculpture has provided her with a refreshing alternative from the two dimensionalities of painting.
A truly inspirational soul, an acclaimed artist for the past four decades, Madhuri has successfully exhibited her works in more than 40 solo and 100 group exhibitions in India and abroad including New York, London, Singapore, Miami, Dubai, and Rotterdam. To update her skillset, Madhuri recently completed a summer study course in Finance and Art at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London.
She was most recently honored with the prestigious Amrita Shergill Rashtriya Kala Puraskar (2018) by the National Institute of Fine Arts (NIFA), New Delhi. The same year, she was the recipient of the Exceptional Woman of Excellence in Art Award from the Women’s Economic Forum (WEF) at The Hague, Netherlands, where she also led three-panel discussions, on empowering and inspiring women, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Madhuri has also served as a judge for art competitions, a participant for panel discussions, a guest on several radio shows, and featured in numerous Indian newspapers and publications. Madhuri has lent works to auctions and sales, conducted interactive workshops and demonstrations, to raise crucial funds for charities like CRY, Concern India, Cancer Patients Aid Association, Khushii Foundation, to name a few. Her versatile work forms the part of art collections of discerning patrons across the globe.
Madhuri has come a long way from her early works to the refined impressionistic landscapes that have become her trademark. She herself thrives on the meditative and rejuvenating quality of her paintings and endeavors to achieve a perfect harmony of nature and imagination through her artworks.
Speaking about her previous work, the ‘Reflections’ series captures the artist’s diligent exploration of using rain and water as a trope. They are reminiscent of French impressionist Claude Monet’s ‘Water Lilies.’ Her refined aesthetic sense comes across wonderfully in the ethereal beauty of her ‘reflections.’
The ‘Horizons Series’ are idealistic compositions of landscapes that focus on the alluring aspects of life in the city. Little pockets of colors merge together into a kaleidoscope of high rises and buildings in the distance, bathed in washes of reds, blues, greens and oranges that are somewhat unrealistic yet pleasing to the eye. The key feature of this series is a subtle yet identifiable skyline that can be seen in most of the works.
While, the ‘Rooftop Series’ is a patchwork of slum-dwellers roofs viewed from above or walking down an empty street surrounded by an array of houses. It seems to bring the viewer very close to the subjects, without actually revealing the figures. The interlinked roofs work as an illusory device that leaves the viewer to imagine what may lie beyond them.
When: 11th – 17th February, 2020
Where: Monalisa Kalagram, Koregaon Park, Pune
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