Artistic reverberations

Jun 02, 2013, 07:03 IST | Kaveri Waghela

Fifty-two-year-old Medha Rangnekar, a JJ School of Applied Art graduate, who is displaying her works for the first time, hopes her solo exhibition attracts buyers and art aficionados alike

It is never too late to get in touch with your inner passion. So when Medha Rangnekar tells us that this is the first time she is exhibiting her works, we are a bit surprised. Rangnekar, 52, has been painting ever since she graduated from the prestigious JJ School of Applied Art, but her busy schedule prohibited her from pursuing art seriously.

A painting by Medha Rangnekar titled Solitude that uses a lot of texture and has an artistic play of colours

Now she hopes her first solo exhibition at the Artists’ Centre in Kala Ghoda will start a new phase in her career. Titled Resonance, the exhibition will showcase 27 of her paintings done over seven months.

Rangnekar, a full time mother who also worked as a visualiser in her husband’s advertising company, decided to take the plunge after her family and friends motivated her. “I used to paint for my friends and family. None of my paintings are with me presently, they are always with others,” she laughs. Resonance she says, was born “out of an innate desire of doing something that I believe in. It is a creative outlet to my ideas, desires, moods and fantasies.”

Rhapsody and Horizon (below) are some of the other works which will be on display at the exhibition

Most of her paintings involve monochromatic colours. Solititude, a portrait of the Buddha, is one of her favourites. “I think it has a lot of texture and colour-play that gives it a three-dimensional look,” she says.

Ragnekar says she doesn’t want to base her exhibition on a particular subject. “I think giving a subject to a series of paintings makes it very boring and monotonous. I want people to give them their own perception,” she explains.

Happy with the response her exhibition has generated on social media platforms so far, she says, “I am overwhelmed by the response I am getting on social media. I have not planned my next exhibition yet, but having seen the reaction to my first, I am now sure I want to hold another exhibition soon,” she signs off.

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