February 4 – April 6, 2010
Sunanda Sahay paints in a folk style called Madubani, an ancient folk art form practiced in her home region in Eastern India. Madubani painting is a folk art of Northern India with a heritage that goes back at least 2,500 years. The tradition was kept alive by women who passed the painting tradition from generation to generation. This art form has experienced popular resurgence recently.
Sunanda’s works have stayed true to the traditional themes of mythology and social customs, and her style has not deviated from the dense, arching and brightly colored strokes characteristic of the art. In the last couple of years, she has exhibited her works at Peabody Essex Museum (2007, 2009), Mass College of Art, National Heritage Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (2009), Danforth Museum, Boston Children’s Museum and several town libraries. She has done several presentations and interactive workshops. These paintings chronicle timeless legends in authentic cultural expressions and have been well received. Her website is www.colorofindia.com.
Artist’s Gallery Talk: Wednesday, March 3, 11:30 am (March 17 snow date)