Self taught, she didn’t learn painting from any traditional school or university instead, Aparna is an artist of nature, by nature and for nature, and expresses the amazing landscapes she sees around the world through her spectacular artworks.
Bahrain based Aparna was born and grew up in Pune, India which is not only a historical and beautifully scenic city, but one of the main educational hubs of the country. She graduated in Statistics and was set to embark upon a career in accounting, when her journey and dreams of becoming an artist started the day she attended a local art exhibition.
Being a true nature lover, landscapes fascinated her imagination, and her passion and affection for these subjects made her a proficient artist specializing in natural scenery. In addition, her work in Zentangle art (non-representational and unplanned art where artists focus on each stroke and not worry about the result), spectacular wall paintings and portraits has demonstrated her versatility and command over various mediums. Over the twenty or so years as a professional, she has created a place for herself within the Gulf region as a significant contemporary artist.
Sea, waves, sky and jungles are her favorite topics to paint, and they all attract and motivate her to get so very involved while painting them. She uses many shades of key colours, for example; Sap Green, Permanent Green and Cadmium Green, along with combinations of White, Lemon Yellow, Orange, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Mars Black and Burnt Sienna When her creativity goes wild, she can complete an art work in just a few hours, and at other times she can take up to a month.
Aparna knows that abstract or modern paintings are currently more popular in art circles in the region, but personally she doesn't enjoy them. Natural beauty is something that has always both fascinates her and inspires her, and she normally paints the places she visits, so her vacations provide food-for-thought for her next art work.
Her process starts by evaluating the different type of colours and mediums she might use for a particular scene, for example from acrylic, water, oil, ceramic colours or chalk paints, to simple black and white charcoal or sketch pens and markers on a medium of white, off white or black papers or canvas. And then she starts to manifest what is in her mind's eye. Recently she has been experimenting in wall murals and, inspired by Mario Miranda, a cartoonist from Goa, she has also been experimenting in painting furniture items.
Her versatile painting styles have been appreciated by various publications across the region and beyond. she has recently completed her Fine Arts certification in Muscat, represented India at the International Women Exhibition in Qatar, and her Chaiwalas collection - showing typical tea-makers across various communities worldwide - was well applauded by art lovers. Some of her paintings have also been collected privately by both individual art lovers and corporate establishments including the Qatar Ministry of Arts, Culture & Heritage, Qatara village, Doha Bank and International Islamic Bank.
Art runs in the family and her son Aryan, aged 14, is also a natural artist, and has already won many portrait competitions. At just 12 years-old he conducted his first solo exhibition in India, displaying 40 art works out of which 30 were sold with funds raised donated to a charitable institution and these experiences are boosting his confidence and ability to consider art as a career option too.
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