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Madhukar Maithani’s artistic figures emerge from the depth of his imagination to tell us about their journey and their existence. His paintings have a drifting quality. Something at times whimsical and in search for its destination.


By sheer chance, I came across Madhukar Maithani’s exhibition. The beautiful transparent and opaque colours, the almost ephemeral forms and colours, the animal figures…A sense of calm came upon me. I did not hesitate to enter the hall.


Looking at his paintings I found a remarkable influence of Ganesh Pyne and Laxma Goud.

I asked him about his influences. He told me that his father, who was an eminent artist was his first teacher. He grew up in an art environment. He told of how his father was so skilful that he could turn any ordinary day to day object into a work of art .


Also the house, where he grew up played a role. A dilapidated haveli (meaning a private mansion in India and Pakistan, usually one with historical and architectural significance) in South Delhi, which is an upmarket area of New Delhi which has immense historical significance containing many of the city’s architectural treasures. The city with its crumbling but enchanting monuments also helped the young artist to weild his ideas into a personal space full of mystery.


From early childhood he would visit the exhibitions around Delhi and this multitude of artistic exposure has shaped the artist that he is today.


Madhukar Maithani explains his free and fluid perspective, “When I approach a canvas with an intention to paint, there is no particular subject in my mind.” He tells that that there are different layers in his painting. The transparent layers overlap each other to make a harmonious blend of various forms and colours. He relies heavily on his free flowing imagination to execute and create his works rather than observing and marking down realitic studies.


Carl Sagan said, “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”


Madhukar Maithani, is a BFA graduate from Delhi College of Art. He is a promising artist with a fluid layered style executed in for the most part acrylic on canvas. His show ‘Parallel Interpretations’ was held at the Triveni Gallery, New Delhi, India from 1-11 February 2014.