Manu Parekh
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Manu Parekh

Manu Parekh

Manu Parekh

b - 1939

Manu Parekh

Manu Parekh’s paintings on the infamous Bhagalpur blindings in 1980 reveal his deep response to humanity, in much the same way as Guernica was Picasso’s response to the horrors of war.

Born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Manu Parekh studied at Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay. With influences as varied as Arshile Gorky, Roberto Matta, S. B. Palsikar and Rabindranath Tagore, Parekh has always sought to explore his inner landscape through art.

Perhaps best known for his Banaras series, Parekh’s works are characterised by his intuitive use of colour, bold brushstrokes, and prominent lines. He has experimented with colourful abstractions, sexual imagery, and figuration, responding as much to nature as to daily life and social issues. The women in his works are represented as nature spirits, plant forms, germinating seeds and allegorical figures, recalling mythological traditions.

Stage designer, art designer, actor and artist, Manu Parekh brings diverse perspectives to his work. Craft has been a long-term interest and association with the Weavers’ Service Centre as a consultant designer gave him the opportunity to work with craftsmen. He has travelled widely across India studying the indigenous techniques and styles of folk artists.

Parekh received the President of India’s silver plaque and the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society’s award in 1972, and the national award of the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1982. In 1992, he was honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India. His retrospective show at National Gallery of Modern Art also travelled to Mumbai and Bengaluru. He lives and works in New Delhi along with his artist wife, Madhvi Parekh.

‘I created the peculiarities of a place, of Benares’



dag exhibitions

‘The Printed Picture: Four Centuries of Indian Printmaking’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012; Mumbai, 2016; alternate locations in Kolkata, 2013; Jaipur, 2017; Chandigarh, 2018

‘Indian Landscapes: The Changing Horizon’

DAG, New Delhi, 2012

The ‘Manifestations’ series of 20th Century Indian Art, Editions IX, X

DAG, New Delhi, 2013-14

notable collections

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

Citi India Corporate Collection

archival media

The Sunday Times of India

20 September 1992

The Pioneer

5 October 2006

The Hindu

24 November 2008