Artist and painter Krupa Shah spoke to IndyaWire.com regarding her ongoing exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai on abstract art.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, Krupa Shah has been artistically inclined since she was a little girl. She remembers being drawn towards color and canvas and discovering her own individual style as a teenager. However, it was recently – a few years ago, that she re-discovered her inborn passion for art in a way that she couldn’t look back. From a devoted mother to a dedicated artist, Krupa essays many roles in her life and she fulfills them all dutifully, she says.
Krupa’s knowledge and understanding about art comes from the real world and the experiences she has lived and learned from. Fearlessly independent, she believes that every girl and woman has a right to follow their true calling and her calling was in the field of art.. When she picks up the brush, her ideas translate into paintings almost instantly. Krupa Shah is a graduate in Arts from the Mumbai University.
She works with acrylic on canvas, she tells IndyaWire.com. A self-taught artist, she has been painting for the past seven years. She says her strokes on canvas are influenced by her emotions. “I paint whatever I feel about things that I come across. Through this painting, I have tried to send across the message that how life, with its ups and downs, is like a game of chess,” she said, adding that her works are mostly abstract and are open to different interpretations by viewers.
“I believe that colors are a major part of an individual’s life. It is very important to balance the hues. Green and red are my favorite,” says Shah adding that she gets her colours from the US and paint-brushes from Italy.
With abstract paintings, Krupa portrays her feelings to her audience and lets them interpret them in the way they feel. She draws her inspiration from the things around her. “Art is everywhere, you just have to put your eye on it and may be at times contemplate on it to get into its skin,” she tells us. Not only she wishes to showcase her art to the world, it’s also her goal to ensure that money rewarded on art is then utilized for a good social cause.
Speaking about her current (on-going) exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery in south Mumbai, she says her inspiration is AUM or OM. Speaking to IndyaWire.com, Krupa says, “When I meditate, and I meditate on AUM or OM, I experience various colors and various frequencies. These are the colors and feelings that I portray in my paintings. Colors have a different connectivity with human beings like green connects with nature and so on”. Some of her paintings on display include Ishwara, Shivalik, Eternity, Ataman, Sthana – which are also the names of the paintings. The depth of the colors are also influenced by my meditation on OM and are a reflection of the depth of the frequencies that I experience and various other forms of nature.
There are over 37 paintings on display – all acrylic color on canvas. When asked why she prefers acrylic on canvas, she says, canvas has better durability. “I like to work with the best. Acrylic color gives an artist a lot of freedom.”
This is Krupa Shah’s first solo exhibition, though she has jointly exhibited several times with other artistes. Krupa Shah’s paintings have travelled around the Globe and she has participated in shows and combined exhibitions at places like Dubai, Chicago, Delhi, Portugal, Lisbon, Pune, Calcutta, Mumbai.
“Most people do not know what abstract art is,” opines Shah. Size-wise, the largest painting on display is a 5 ft x 7 ft Shivalik which is approximately priced at Rs 5.25 lakh. The smallest is a 2 ft x 2 ft painting titled Prana (or Pran) and is priced at approximately Rs 60 Thousand.
Krupa Shah plans to do several shows in December – at theTaj Mumbai in Mumbai, Lalit Kala Kendra Delhi and Taj Vivanta at Hyderabad.
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