“My travels and experiences have changed my attitude and concepts. Singapore taught me to be “better than the best, never let it rest…” Japan showed me that true beauty lay in nature alone. My creativity also got further enriched by the rural life in India.” Madhu Jain
In recent years, Madhu Jain’s work has been influenced by her travels to the Far East, new creative processes, and has taken a new dimension. In this exhibition, beauties of nature and folk life have been the focus of her creativity and expression. The shimmering blue of the peacock, the purple of the pigeons, the light footed reindeer, the translucent cherry blossoms and orchids, lotus stalks, have caught her fascination and interest.
Bringing to the fore, ‘joie de vivre’ of countryside folks (of her native Rajasthan) and their voluminous gathered lehengas (skirts), the Desert Dunes and Sunsets, women and pots. Layering of these pigments brought a new richness to her canvas.
Besides her sense and imagination, what made these works special is the Nihongapalette. This has about 1500 mineral pigments, which are layered with brush, using glue (nikawa) and water on handmade washi paper, each layer drying in between.This art form, originated in India centuries ago and travelled to the Far East, where, in Japan, it was perfected and given the name of Nihonga.
In Sumi-e,the single stroke black ink painting, much like the Zen concept, minimal or only the essence is communicated dropping all unnecessary details. Needless to say, it is beauty condensed and distilled.
Madhu Jain, Golden Showers