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Saturday, Dec 14, 2019

His space

His artworks inspired by interior designs are being exhibited at Colaba’s Art Musings. M Pravat quizzed by Reema Gehi.

art-and-culture Updated: Aug 14, 2008 20:18 IST
Reema Gehi
Reema Gehi
Hindustan Times

His artworks inspired by interior designs are being exhibited at Colaba’s Art Musings. M Pravat quizzed by Reema Gehi...

Delhi’s M Pravat was in the city for Late Again, at Colaba’s Art Musings Gallery. The exhibition comprises 15 oils on canvas which will be on view till September 20.

The 36-year-old artist often uses architectural elements in his work. Over to the artist:

Your previous solo shows — Theatre of the Absurd and In Depth — had a similar approach as Late Again. Is this a trilogy of sorts?
Yes, you could say that. I largely fantasise interior spaces. However, in Late Again, I have explored other ideas and introduced different elements as well..

Why interior spaces?
I try to understand and related to my immediate surroundings. Sub-consciously, in a subtle way, they tackle social and political issues as well. <b1>

For instance, the painting titled At the End of Everyday talks of war. The red stain is the blood. I’ve also painted an almari with human organs stacked inside. It indicates the hide and seek of the mind..

How did you compose these images with a photographic element?
I took photographs of the layout of different homes. I also drew inspiration from interior home magazines. Then I combined the images. While working towards the show, I preferred to stay indoors to gauge the atmosphere. That was part of the exercise. That created the ambience of the paintings.

Have your artworks changed ever since you moved from Baroda to Delhi three years ago?
Oh yes, my perceptions changed, my canvas became bigger. I started looking closely at architectural spaces. Plus, people are very different in Delhi. My paintings have become more obvious..not so understated.

What next?
Metal sculptures. I’m also doing watercolours on paper. Hopefully, these will culminate in a show next year.