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Nature in a jigsaw

Navleen Kaur Lakhi, Hindustan Times   December 05, 2013
First Published: 00:46 IST(5/12/2013) | Last Updated: 09:15 IST(5/12/2013)

A jigsaw’s scattered pieces do not make sense, but when fit together in the right order, they tell a story. Similar is artist Parul Juneja’s work, which she is currently exhibiting at Flamme Bois Bistro, Sector 7, Chandigarh.

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Parul’s paintings in acrylic are made on the theme of nature. “Each work is a form of continuing series and all canvases are interlinked. From flowers to birds, sunset to wildlife, music to phases of life and different moods; every piece of art has some or the other story of nature to tell. My paintings also show the highs and lows of life,” Parul tells us, adding that her work is both realistic and abstract.

The 33-year-old painter is currently based in Chandigarh, though she is originally from Shimla. Talking about her journey so far, Parul says, “I did MBA from Himachal Pradesh University in 2004, so I wasn’t always a student of fine arts. Painting is a hobby that turned into my profession as I always had an inclination to paint. When I was 12 years old, I started learning how to paint from Sant Kumar Chatterjee, whose name is recorded in the Limca Book of Records for having made the longest painting on silk fabric.” The artist says she even represented her school, The Lawrence School, Sanawar, at the Round Square International Conference in the UK in 1997.

Parul shifted to Chandigarh in 2007 after getting married. “I then started attending classes at the Bama Academy of Fine Arts in Panchkula to hone my skills. In fact, from 2007 till date, I have been a part of 12 group exhibitions,” she says.

The exhibition is on till November 18. The paintings cost anywhere from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 18,000.

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