Diasporian News of Thursday, 21 March 2013
Source: Agora Gallery
Landscapes of the Mind art exhibition featuring the artwork of Ghana-based artist Manisha Vedpathak will run from March 26, 2013 through April 16, 2013 at New York's Agora Gallery in Chelsea.
The opening reception will be held on Thursday night, April 4, 2013 from 6-8 pm.
Manisha Vedpathak’s lush acrylic paintings are the product of a confluence of cultural, intellectual and emotional inspirations. Her first major tool is her palette: each canvas contains an entire spectrum of boisterous colors, piled in two-dimensional planes of equal saturation and combined to form clashing geometric motifs.
To construct her knotty compositions Vedpathak uses her engineering training. The explosive colors themselves are a mixture of the earthy tones of her native India and the bold tones celebrated in her adopted land of West Africa. Vedpathak’s other distinctive artistic device is her adept blending of figural and abstract. A woman’s face, beautifully realized in a few bold curves, floats above a background of depthless pattern and untamed paint splashes. Two children playing are reduced to outlines and electrified by their multicolored background, their relationship distilled into a moment of love.
Although her style matured rapidly into the sophisticated, delightful work she creates today as her full-time occupation, Vedpathak did not begin exploring fine art until she moved to Africa in 1994. She continues to live and work in Ghana.
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