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Portrait of an artist as a young soul - A solo show by Madhavi Joshi at Jehangir Art Gallery

Picasso said that every child is an artist but the challenge is to remain an artist as we grow up. Also, as a parallel from the world of literature, we feel like mentioning a comment by a famous author once upon a time, 'You think, writing in a simple manner is a simple task? Come on!'

Indeed, making it simple without losing the essence and spirit calls for a master at work. And it has been the endeavour of every legendary artist since art entered its modern times.

This very innocent simplicity is the hallmark of the paintings by artist Madhavi Joshi. The fun and frolic of the fantasy world of childhood has taken flight in the Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.

You can re-live your childhood if you visit the solo show by Madhavi during 27th November to 3rd december '23.

Memory is an intricate tapestry that weaves together the fabric of our existence. Happy childhood recollections play a pivotal role in shaping our well-being as adults. They act as the nourishing soil from which our psychological health blooms. These early experiences, like tender seeds, imbue us with a sense of sincere affection and attention, fostering our growth.

Our memories are the building blocks of who we are, continually transporting us to a treasure chest filled with the past. In those cherished moments lie the essence of our lives, grounding us in our personal history and guiding us through the labyrinth of existence.

Childhood memories, akin to a trampoline, provide a platform for our dreams to leap and express themselves. They are the roots from which our personal growth sprouts, enabling us to soar to new heights.

Sadly, not everyone has the privilege of a carefree childhood. Nevertheless, a challenging past doesn't preclude the possibility of a happy adulthood. In this light, "The Childhood Stories" series emerges, a poignant tribute to the blissful episodes of youth. Through the use of figures, objects, and lines, the artist brings forth these cherished memories, reminding us that happiness can emerge from the shadows of a difficult past, offering hope, solace, and the promise of brighter days ahead.

Overall, your correspondent is really overwhelemed by the optimised balance between depth, harmony and simplicity in Artist Madhavi Joshi's paintings.


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