PARTICIPANT / Manisha Parekh

  • Name Manisha Parekh
  • Country India
  • Vocation Artist
  • Education M.A. (Painting) 1991-93 - Royal College of Art, London, U.K.
 

Manisha Parekh was born in Gujarat in 1964 and raised in New Delhi. She holds an M.A. in painting from both the Royal College of Art in London (1991-93) and the M.S. University in Baroda (1983-1990). She was one of the founding members of Khoj International Artists Workshop.

Parekh is one of the few artists working in India today who continues to explore an exclusively abstract language. It could be said that her works are indebted to the ethereal abstractions of Gaitonde and the geometric draftsmanship of Nasreen Mohammedi (who was one of her teachers in Baroda), as well as the more gestural ink drawings of Jeram Patel. She has developed an artistic practice which also pays reference to the craft and textiles traditions of her native land. The artist straddles painting, collage and drawing to create works that incorporate both the geometric and the organic. Her most recognized works are created by layering shapes cut from handmade papers into dense fields of pattern and energy, sometimes perforating the surface and adding other materials.

Numerous solo shows of Parekh’s work have been held across the world. The last solo show was at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai and her work is part of public and private art collections in India and internationally, including the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Ahmedabad, Jehangir Nicholson Collection, Mumbai, Royal College of Art, London, Davey & Chester Herwitz Collection, Boston, Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung, Cologne, and Robert Lodar Collection, London.

Solo Exhibitions

2020
‘A River Inside’ Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India.

2017
‘Line of Light’ Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, India.

2016
‘Regarding Embodiment’ with Naiza Khan Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India

2014
‘Epiphanies’ Bhau Dhaji Lad Museum Special Project Space, Mumbai, India

2012
‘Being as One’ Rohtas Gallery, Lahore, Pakistan

2011
‘Amber’ Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore

2009
‘Spinning Time’ Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

2008
‘Wonderwoods’ Bodhi Art Gallery, New York, USA

2006
‘Shadow Garden’ Berkeley Square Gallery, London,U.K.
‘Memory Membrane’ Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India

2004
Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India

2002
‘Measures and Multiples’ Nature Morte, British Council, New Delhi, India

2000
Nature Morte Gallery, Lokayata, New Delhi, India

1999
Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
Foundation for Indian Artists, Amsterdam, Holland
Hungarian Centre, by Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India

1996
‘Vessels’ Pundole Gallery, Bombay, India

1995
‘Vessels’ IFA Gallery, Bonn, Germany
‘Vessels’ Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi, India

1994
AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi, India

1991
Gallery 7, Bombay, India

Group Exhibitions

2019
‘Shadow Lines’ curated by Meera Menezes at Shrine Empire Gallery, New Delhi. ‘Alterations, Activation, Abstaraction’ curated by Betty Seid at Sunderam Tagore Chelsea, New York, USA.
‘Alchemy’ at Arvind Indigo Museum at Katurbhai Lalbhai Museum, Ahmedabad, India.

2018
‘Connecting Threads’ curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta & Puja Vaish, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai, India
The Sculpture Park’s second edition curated by Peter Nagy, Madhavendra Palace,
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, India
‘New Traditions: Influences & Inspiration in Indian Textile, 1947-2017, curated by Mayank Mansingh Kaul, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, India

2017
‘Unearth’ curated by Kanika Anand, Exhibit 320, New Delhi, India

2016-17
‘Tale of two Cities’ Indo-Sri lankan project with exhibitions in Goa, New Delhi, Colombo (Sri Lanka)

2015
‘Construts:Constructions’ curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum, Saket, New Delhi, India.
‘WORKING SPACE around memory and perception’ curated by Roobina Karode, Kiran Nadar Museum, Saket, New Delhi, India
‘Unfolding’- Contemporary Indian Textile curated by Maggie Baxter, RMIT Gallery,
Melbourne, Fermantle Arts Centre, Perth, Australia.
‘Notional Worlds’ Curated by Rekha Rodwittiya, SITE art space, Vadodara, India

2014
‘The Eye and the Mind’ curated by Prof. Rajeev Lochan, Gaungdong Museum of Art, Gaungzhou, China Art Museum, Shanghai, Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, China
‘Drawing 2014’ curated by Annapurna Gariemella & Prayag Shukla, Gallery Espace at IGNCA, New Delhi, India
‘transXform in Delhi’ curated by Hiroyuki Hattori, Japan Foundation, New Delhi, India

2013
‘Ode to Monumental’, Saffron Art Gallery, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India
‘transXform’ curated by Hiroyuki Hattori & Yuki Kondo, ACAC-Aomori, Japan ‘Panoplism’ curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte gallery, New Delhi, India

2012
‘Work on Paper’, Espace Gallery, New Delhi, India ‘2 + 2 = 5, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

2011
‘Fragility’, curated by Rakhee Balaram, Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon, India
‘Serial Pursuit’, curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, Berlin, Germany
‘Work on Paper’, The Conerstone Gallery, Liverpool, Uk
‘Drawing the Line’, The Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK
‘BACK TO SCHOOL’, curated by Rabjit Hoskote & Veer Munshi, Pallete Art Gallery,
New Delhi, India.

2010
‘Revisiting Nature’, curated by Jayshree Chakravorty & Anirudh Chari, Gallery
Sanskriti, Kolkata, India.
‘Does size matter’, Latitute 28, New Delhi, India.
‘Whole’, Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore.
‘Writing Visuals’, curated by Adip Datta, Harrington Street Art Centre,Kolkatta, India.

2009
‘LIVING OFF THE GRID’, curated by Meera Menezes, Anant Art Gallery, India
‘Bapu’ curated by Gayatri Sinha, Saffron Art, Mumbai, India

2008
‘Faultlines’ curated by Gayatri Sinha, Bodhi Art, Mumbai, India
‘Fluid Structures’ curated by Vidya Shivadas, Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi

2007
‘Indian Color’ curated by Peter Nagy, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea
‘Core Rhythms’ curated by Geetu Hinduja, Kitab Mahal, Mumbai, India Group show curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, New Delhi
‘Its here and now’: young voices from India” Curated by Vidya Shivadas, Grosvernor
Vadehra- London.U.K.

2006
‘Myrrh’ curated by Anupa Mehta and Geetu hinduja, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
‘Shadow Lines’ curated by Vidya Shivadas, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

2005
‘Span’ Sakshi gallery, Mumbai, India
‘Are we like this only’ curated by Vidya Shivadas, Vadehra Art Gallery, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India
‘Endless Terrain’ curated by Yasodhara Dalmia, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India
‘Negotiating matter/s’ curated by Roobina Karode, Anant Gallery, New Delhi, India

2004
‘Subtlety Minimally curated by Marta Jakimowicz, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, India
‘Anticipation’ Fine Arts Resource, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
‘Summer-Show’ Bose Pacia Modern, New York, USA
‘Summer-Show’ Nature Morte, New Delhi, India

2003
An apparent calm which is in fact a perfectly balanced tension’ curated by Peter Nagy, Grant Peirrie, Sidney, Australia
‘Hightlight’ Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India
‘20X20’ Chemould Art Gallery, Mumbai, India

2002
‘New Paradigms’ Visual Art Gallery,India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.
‘Heat’ Visual Art Gallery,India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India.

2001
‘Three Contemporary Painters’, Bose Pacia Modern, New York, USA.

2000
Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba
‘Global View’ curated by Bernhard Steinruecke, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
‘Embarkment’ curated by Yasodhara Dalmia, Millenium Show, Sakshi Gallery,
Mumbai, India
Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai, India
Beyond the Surface, curated by Dattatreya Apte The Fine Art Company, Mumbai and
Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India

1999
Istanbul Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey
Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy
‘Edge of the Century’, curated by Amit Mukhopadhya, British Council, New Delhi,India

1998
‘Multimedia’ CIMA Gallery, Calcutta, India
Khoj International Artists Workshop Open-Day, Modinagar, India
‘ada or ador’,curated by Peter Nagy, Nature Morte, Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
‘New- images, perception, creations’, CIMA Gallery, New Delhi and Calcutta, India

1997
Khoj International Artists Workshop Open-Day, Modinagar &
Exhibition, British Council, New Delhi, India
Wasanii International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya
‘Gift for India’, Sahmat, New Delhi, India
Pacaembu Facade, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Cross Current, curated by Rekha Rodwittiya and Jennifer Lloyd, Travel Exhibition, Norway

1996
‘Recipe’, Eicher Gallery, New Delhi, India

1995
‘Fastenzeit’, Gallery 68elf, Cologne, Germany
‘The Tent’, Atelierhaus Bonn, Germany

1994
Gallery 7, Hong Kong
Women Artists ’94, SPA, Hyderabad, India

1993
Art Fair ’93, Business Design Centre, London, U.K.
‘Turning Point’, Paton Gallery, London, U.K.

1992
Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, India
‘XI-XI Exhibition’, Royal College of Art, London, U.K.

1988
National Exhibition, New Delhi, India
Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad, India

Professional Training

M.A. (Painting) 1991-93
Royal College of Art, London, U.K.
M.A. (Painting) 1988-90
M.S.University, Baroda, India
B.A. (Painting) 1983-88
M.S.University, Baroda, India

WORKSHOPS/RESIDENCIES ATTENDED

Artist in residence, AICON Gallery, New York, 2017
AIR at Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan 2013
Artist in Resident, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, U.K. 2011
‘Idea of Fashion’ Khoj Residency, New Delhi, 2011
‘Art in Nature’ site-project for German Festival in India, New Delhi, 2001
Khoj International Artists Workshop, Modinagar, India 1998
Khoj International Artists Workshop, Modinagar, India 1997
Wasanii International Artists Workshop, Naivasha, Kenya 1997
Artists Workshop organized by ZAL Pracsise, Goa, India 1988

COLLECTIONS

Kiran Nadar Museum, New Delhi, India
Lalit Kala Akademi, Ahmedabad, India
Inlaks Foundation, London, U.K.
Royal College of Art, London, U.K.
Davey & Chester Herwitz Collection, Boston, U.S.A
Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung, Cologne, Germany
Robert Lodar Collection, London, U.K.
CIMA Gallery, Calcutta, India
Jahangir Nicolson Collection, Bombay, India
Bose Pacia Modern, New York, USA
Bodhi Art, New Delhi, India

AWARD

Erasmus Award – Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany 1993
Lalit Kala Academy Award, Printmaking 1991

POSITIONS HELD
• Guest Faculty — Department of Fashion Design, National
Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, India
• Founder member, now board member — Khoj International Artists Workshop, India
• Appointed as External Examiner to Painting Department, Faculty of Fine Arts,
M.S. University from 2010-2012, 2015-2016.

Associated Programmes