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Lot 51
Manu Parekh | Moonlight Festival, 2014

Date of Birth: 1939 - Present

Medium: Acrylic on canvas

Size: 72 x 48 inches, 183 x 122 cms

Signed by: Signed and dated in Devnagari ‘Manu Parekh 14’ on lower right, Artist name, title, medium, size and year on verso

Provenance: Collection of a reputed art gallery, New Delhi . Acquired directly from the artist

Estimate: ₹ 25,00,000 - ₹ 35,00,000


Manu Parekh (b. 1939)

A widely celebrated artist, best known for his series depicting the soul of the city of Varanasi with the Ganges representing its quintessential circle of life and death and the countless contradictions, in which the holy city is steeped in, pulled powerfully in opposite directions. Manu Parekh’s landscapes are known for his spontaneous use of colour, bold brushstrokes and bold, prominent lines. Experimenting with colourful abstraction, figurative and sexual imagery, one also sees the amalgamation of both nature and day to day materialistic reality along with social issues addressed in his works. Born in 1939, the artist has varied interests. He began as stage designer, actor and an artist, he eliminates the boundary lines between different genres of art.

He travelled to several remote parts of India having being associated with the Handloom Board as a consultant designer, working with tribal artisans and craftsmen and helping them sustain their livelihood with their original art and craft forms. Manu Parekh’s works are part of many important public and private collections like National Gallery of Modern Art, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Lalit Kala Akademi, and others. He works and live with his wife Madhavi Parekh in Delhi.