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Signed and dated 'Paresh Maity 04' (lower left)
Further signed, dated, titled, and inscribed 'Paresh Maity / 2004 / 45" x 85" / water color on paper / Talsari (Orissa)' (on the reverse)

Private collection, Dubai

Paresh Maity considers the boat as his very first image and the starting point of his painterly journey, thus the recurring boat metaphor in his watercolours. He nostalgically paints them into seascapes, tying his work to memories of his life while traveling.

The absence of people characterize his later works including the current lot painted in 2004. His signature lies in his use of colors which are subtle and never loud. Using the wet-on-wet technique, Paresh blends the colors of nature impeccably to give the work a smooth washed effect. Also notable is his use of light; even when his watercolours appear rain soaked, there is a quality of light that suffuses them dramatically illuminating both source and subject, content and context.

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.