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Real touch

A national-level badminton champ, Madhuri Bhaduri, is an artist with a difference, writes Jigna Padhiar.

art and culture Updated: Feb 21, 2009 12:44 IST
Jigna Padhiar

Pune-based artist Madhuri Bhaduri’s ongoing exhibition at the Museum Art Gallery is crowded with images of sublime and everyday life.

The title, The Theme – In Backdrop, explains the large abstracts and bold brush strokes in bright colours. “My canvasses reflect my emotions.. look deep into my soul. I want my compositions to make people brood.. dream.” Her paintings are a visual representation of life’s realities and a medium of solace. The textures and strokes give the paintings the look of a landscape.

Changing lanes
Bhaduri was born into a family of sports professionals and devoted her initial years to badminton. She has been a national-level champion. After a degree in economics and a diploma in French, she studied art at the SNDT University and has been painting for two decades now. Developing her own style with abstract forms and energetic execution, Bhaduri has had many solo and group shows in India and abroad since 1986.

“I like working in different mediums — oil, acrylic, mixed media and even stained glass,” she explains. She has also experimented with metal scrap sculptures.

Viewers are encouraged to interpret the patches of colours as they would wish. “When I paint, no form or image guides me. I create my own image and I would want you to create your own. My artistic journey has always been adventurous,” she says. (The exhibition is on until February 23)