- It is a collection of portraiture and still-life paintings that serve as a portal into a well lived life.
Indian American artist Namita Paul is hosting her first solo exhibition, “The Blue Sari,” at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany, California, this month.
“The Blue Sari” is a collection of portraiture and still life paintings that serve as a portal into a well-lived life. Using oil paints, an age-old medium from the western canon, and combining it with her story as a South Asian immigrant in the United States, Paul’s work examines diasporic experience through the lens of memory, relationships, and intimacy. Her work seeks to bridge chasms, interrogate concepts of ‘home’ and belonging, reflect hybridity, and merge landscapes and times.
“The blue sari has a commanding presence in my studio,” Paul says. “Draped on a mannequin, it is traditional, opulent, and striking; as a background of still life, it rests in its majesty. And occasionally, it is still life — transforming into a bodily landscape as light dances across its sensual and structural folds and creases.”
The show runs from July 2 to July 30. The artist’s reception takes place on Saturday, July 10, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Find Namita Paul on IG:@artistnpaul, @namitapaulstudio. www.namitapaul.com
Gallery details: Abrams Claghorn Gallery, 1251 Solano Ave, Albany, CA, 94706. (510) 526- 9558. https://abramsclaghorn.com
(Featured Image: Treachery, 36 x 30,” Oil on Canvas © 2021 Namita Paul)