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Signed and dated 'Manu Parekh 09' (lower right)

Acquired directly from the artist
Private collection, Dubai

Banaras | Varanasi - Mapping the City of Light: Manu Parekh The Fine Art Advisory, Dubai, 2015, unpaginated (illustrated)

'Parekh's expression of the sacred city is an abstracted essence, a highly personal response to the particular iconography. This is not literal landscape painting - far from it. The artist responds to the sense of place, and the fundamental forces that move it; the cycle of life and death, the brilliant colours that decorate and define the city, the almost primeval forces that drive the vast numbers of pilgrims through this revered place and the mighty river that defines and literally underlines the city. A great painter such as Parekh, transported emotionally by the sights and sounds of this place, will absorb the visual alphabet; it will soak into his very subconscious and then later re-emerge onto a blank canvas.' (Peter Osborne, Manu Parekh: Banaras, Eternity Watches Time, Mapin Publishing, 2007, p. 27)

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.