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An exhibition showcases dreamscapes and nature paintings by a mother-daughter duo

Artist Maite Delteil and her daughter Maya Burman share their passion for art. But the genres they depict and their influences are varied

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Dec 15, 2016 15:34 IST
Soma Das
Soma Das
Hindustan Times
Maite Delteil,Maya Burman,The Flower and the Bulb
Friends, Maya Burman, watercolour, pen & ink on paper

Artist Maite Delteil and her daughter Maya Burman share their passion for art. But the genres they depict and their influences are varied

Trees that are made up of colourful flowers, birds flying in the air and sitting on lush green grass — these are some of the characteristics of Maite Delteil’s oil paintings (83; wife of contemporary artist Sakti Burman). Contrast that with her daughter Maya Burman’s (45) tapestry-like watercolour, pen and ink paintings — girls who seem to be floating in a dreamy world, lost to their reveries, and their gestures indicative of a trance-like state. There are floral elements here as well, but they are a part of the backdrop.

Happy Day, Maite Delteil, oil on canvas

While the works by Burman and Delteil are distinct, they reach a common ground in the use of bright colours and an optimistic theme. Their latest works are currently on display at the exhibition, The Flower and the Bulb, at Jehangir Art Gallery.

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Burman’s latest works are inspired by the idea of dreams and nightmares, while Delteil draws on her childhood memories of nature. Delteil says, “I lived in the countryside (in France) as a child. We had a huge garden with flowers. Then, I went to Paris, where I spent a large part of my life. So, I always missed nature.”

Being part of an artistic family, says Delteil, leads to good exchanges on art and interesting discussions. “When Sakti and I decided to live together, it was the result of a good intellectual understanding and love for art. We are happy to see the young generation following the same path,” she says.

Summer Garden, Maya Burman, Watercolour

For Burman, art was something that she unconsciously took to, by watching her parents. She describes home as a permanent art camp. “They were always at home. They painted every day, and there were no Sundays or holidays. Painting was not imposed on me but was a part of the family,” she says.

Keen on finding her own path, Burman was initially not interested in art. Instead, she studied architecture. It’s an influence that is still evident in her detailing, and in the intricate pillars and columns that feature in her work.

“I kept a lot from my training in architecture, especially in the composition. I build the painting in term of space and volume. But even more so, I never left the ink pen that we used in architecture class,” she says.

(From left) Maya Burman; Maite Delteil

The Flower and the Bulb will be on display till December 19 at Jehangir Art Gallery; and from December 20 to February 10 at Art Musings
At Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda;
Art Musings, Colaba Cross Lane.

First Published: Dec 15, 2016 00:00 IST