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Signed and dated 'Manu Parekh 9' (lower left)
Further signed, titled, and inscribed 'Manu Parekh / Banaras at Sunrise / 26" x 41" / Acrylic on canvas' (on the reverse)

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)

Being a part of the Calcutta art scene influenced Manu Parekh, in content and spirit. His work changed along with his artistic language - it became strong and darker using palettes that are full of browns and black. He started exploring other mediums for his art as well, like using paper with ink, pasting paper and painting over it. During this time, growth was the central theme of his work.

However, moving to Delhi 10 years later he experienced a nervous breakdown as an artist and felt that something was missing in his work. He felt that his new environment is not giving him the stimulation that he craves as an artist and was at lost on what to paint. After much pondering and conversation with fellow artist for guidance, he came to an understanding, "I felt that my works had an abstract element and were erotic and organic. I realised that I needed to bring it all together and tie it, root it somewhere. By rooting my works in Banaras, it gave me language."

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.