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Signed in Hindi and dated '17' (lower left)
Further signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Manu Parekh '17 / Moonlight - Temples at Banaras / 2017 / 4' x 8' - (48" x 96") / Acrylic on canvas (on the reverse)

Manu Parekh's Banaras is an abstracted essence - his personal response to the particular iconography. As an artist, his sensitivities lie on the sense of the place and the underlying forces that govern and transform it. He depicts the striking colors that define the city, the cycle of life and death while alluding to the throng of people that passed by its sacred walls. In his work, the river Ganga, mighty and revered, serves as the defining feature of the holy place.

Characteristically, Parekh evokes the essence of the place, its soul and spirit, in a few spontaneously expressionistic brushstrokes; but in his work, the autonomy of color and form do not go hand and hand. "The form of an object, its contours and surface composition such as a boat or a building remain true to natural reality, although often extravagantly distorted. There is a structured, often monochromatic framework onto which he juxtaposes complementary contrast of strong color." (Peter Osborne, Painting Banaras, Manu Parekh: New Paintings, Exhibition catalogue, Berkeley Square Gallery, July 2007, unpaginated)

Manu Parekh

(b. 1939)
Born in Gujarat, Manu Parekh studied at Sir J. J. School of Art, Mumbai. He has been exhibiting since 1967 and his most recent solo shows include those held at Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon 2012; Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2010 and '09; Berkeley Square Gallery, London, in 2006; Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 2004, 1994 and 1991; Jehangir Art Gallery and Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2003; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, in 1999; ARKS Gallery, London, in 1997; Bose Pacia, New York, in 1996; and Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi, in 1988, '85, '81, '76, '75 and '74. A retrospective of his work was held in 1992 in Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai. His works have also been featured in several group shows including those held at Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon in 2012; Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, in 2011, '10; Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2010, '09 and '08; Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2004; Saffronart, Hong Kong, in 2001 and Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 1977. He has also participated in the III and IV Triennales of New Delhi, in 1975 and 1978. The Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri in 1990. He received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, in 1982, and the President of India’s Silver Plaque in 1972. Manu Parekh lives and works in New Delhi.