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Signed and dated 'Paresh Maity 99' (lower left)
Further signed, titled, dated and inscribed 'Paresh Maity / "The Glow" / '99 / watercolor on paper / 40" x 60"' (on the reverse)

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner

Paresh Maity is an instinctive master of watercolor, a notoriously difficult medium. With his ability to interpret light in terms of pure colors, he progressed from an earlier realism to a more moody, expressionistic and atmospheric style. What has become of paramount importance to Paresh is to capture the moment. He chooses to work directly with nature–on the spot. He said, "If you paint directly from nature, what you have is a direct transformation. You can capture the moment, the emotion, the feeling, the light." (Iain Gale, Man on a Voyage, Life, and Works of Paresh Maity: 25 Years, Art Musings, Mumbai, 2001, p. 16)

Paresh Maity

(b. 1965)
Born in 1965, he studied at the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kolkata, and the College of Art, New Delhi. A very skilled artist, he wields a rugged palette, and is extremely versatile in his treatment of colour and texture. He has held many solo shows, including exhibitions at Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai, Gallerie Ganesha in New Delhi and Gallery Katayun in Kolkata. He has participated in various group shows like the National Art Exhibition in Jaipur, Kala Mela, Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi, and the Citibank Group Show in Mumbai. Besides other accolades, he has also received the National Scholarship from the Government of India and the All India Mini Sculpture Exhibition Award from AIFACS. He gradually moved from atmospheric scenery to representations of the human form. His more recent paintings are bold and graphic, with a strong color and unusual cropping. His works are in a number of collections, including the British Museum, and the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi. In early years he did many watercolors of different locations.