Photos: Manu Parekh
Text: Guardian 20
These artworks are taken with permission from Manu Parekh: 60 Years of Selected Works, a book of pictures published by Aleph. The book brings together the finest paintings and drawings Parekh has made in a career spanning 60 years.
In an interview with Annapurna Garimella, published in the book, the artists says, “I do not become emotional about the ‘artistic process’. I operate like I am making a painting. Suppose I was designing a sari, the pattern has to come all over, right? I would put newspaper between sections and get on top of the printing table and say ‘Put a half inch black border.’ They would do that and then I would feel that a half inch red border should also be there. And a thin black line too. Only two colours are possible in Bagru and only two shades and one base colour. So the mind thinks very graphically. I would use that painterly element.”