I have seen the work of Pinky Bhatt in the contemporary Art Gallery, today. Many artist have worked under the influence of different artists. There is no showiness in her work; nor does she try to impress others. Her figure drawing is very powerful. There is no fault in it. Her works make us experience of strong imagery feelings. The control of colours is very amazing, which really convince us that she is a mature creative Atist.
Bhanwar Shigh Panwar

Pinky Bhatt had begun her artistic career with the creation of 130ft scroll depicting the theme of “Stree-Shakti”. She wanted to express the massage of the power of women through the ages in history.
This work was awarded in Limca Book of Records in year 2003. She also received award in the Inter National Poster Contest 2001 on the theme of “Save Environment” such purposeful art works naturally led her to try her hand at creating works on the problems of women which she tired to explore pictorially or symbolically. Paintings also expressed women’s feelings through the element of nature like trees. She tired to explane the vital subject of the “Girl Child Abortion” Such works may appear loud but Pinky wants to deal with them through visual suggestions.
Then there was a big change in her works She started painting the condition and activities of women. Their works are purely and predominantly figurative. They depict Indian women with their jewellery and simple clothes in very simple surroundings and background in limited two or three colors. They have their own rhythmic graceful forms and postures. Their eyes show their feelings of joy, thoughtfulness loneliness. Their postures one visually arresting. They throb with true Indian sensibility.

Pinky’s resent works have stylized female forms with live olive greens, blues and clothes in yellows. Which impresses the viewer. These works can not be called decorative because of the jewellery so beautifully shown. Pinky’s works shows her own individualitic figurative style in which indirectly paintings suggest women strength(Power)
Bansilal Dalal (Art Reviewer)

Yellow FEVER
Rural women and their rustic charm enchant artist Pinky Bhatt
If you thought olive green and yellow aren’t feminine, think again. For artist Pinky Bhatt, these colours signify the power of women. “ A woman is power, intelligence, energy, and a creator. The colour yellow signifies goddess Lakshmi”, says Bhatta whose paintings are on display at the Contemporary Art Gallery. The theme of the exhibition, titled Stree Shakti, is women. Bhatt jumped into limelight in 2002 for painting 9130ft long) , something that found her a mention in the Limca Book of Records. The painting depicted the status of women from the vedic to the modern times. However, this time around Bhatt focuses on rural women. “ I think rural women work harder, yet are less appreciated. Also , they don’t wear expensive jewellery of clothes but still manage to look so beautiful.” She says. Bhatt’s appreciation for the rustic women is portrayed sensitively. Using olive green and bright yellow in combination. She portrays women in their many moods-three women releasing on a charpoy, gossiping: two women teasing a third as she hides a love letter in the other hand: women on their way to the market complete with a wicker basket and baby in hand: women singing and dancing while beautifying themselves ,etc. “yellow is also the colour of pitambar (Krishna’s dhoti),” she adds.

Observation is the only was through which Bhatt, with no prior training in painting, understands her subjects, ”I observe a lot of women on the street, the way they act of carry themselves. Apart from that, I have also traveled to a lot of villages in kutch to have a better understanding of my subjects,” says Bhatt, adding, “however it is only when I get back to my studio that the images come to mind in various forms and I paint,” says 40-year old Bhatt who works from home. What makes Bhatt’s works interesting is the detailing and the creation of textures. She has worked with various instruments like the knife of even the paint tube to create the desired effect when painting a wicker basket, a thatched background, the intricate weaving of the charpoy of even a mud wall. No wonder, then, her work is going places. The Deva-Orente Arte-Tedenze gallery in Rome has bought one of her painting for its collection and she is all set to participate in a group exhibiton at the Jehangir Art Gallery in Mumbai in August. Artists Amrita shergil and Anjolie Ela menon inspire Bhatt, an M. com graduate. “ I was interested in painting since childhood, however it was only after marriage that I began with it,” she says. Lets hope the strokes continue.
Elsa s. Mathews- The indian EXPRESS april 4 2006

 

 

 
 


 

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