Legal eagle to abstract artist, that's the story of Meena Kamal

Lamat R Hasan @LamatAyub | First published: 20 October 2016, 9:38 IST
Legal eagle to abstract artist, that's the story of Meena Kamal

A legal bird developing a fascination for the visual arts is rather rare. Even more rare it is if the professional exits the world of legalese in pursuit of her passion.

Meena Kamal did just that. She enrolled at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and decided to live the new life, stroke by stroke.

A few years down the line, she lets the canvasses do the talking - canvases that she has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Middle East and India.

Currently exhibiting at the Bombay Art Society (BAS) Gallery in Mumbai, Kamal's signature abstracts are telling of life's endless trappings, minus the bland legalese, of course.

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Art critic Ella Dutta says, "Indian artists are doing very well. Their works reflect the times we are living in. It is not a good idea to compare their works with global artists. The genius of a people, the genius of a society comes through in their art."

Kanchan Chander, whose works are a part of almost every prestigious collection - be it the National Gallery Modern Art in Delhi or the Mumbai International Airport - endorses this view too.

No wonder then that the likes of Kamal are keeping the Indian art scene vibrant both in India and abroad.

"My art is inspired by my experiences. My landscapes are a ray of hope in this era of continuous and unending catastrophes - social, political, geographical, economic..." Kamal, who is a patron of the BAS gallery, tells Catch.

"Spirituality had a new meaning for me after I moved to the 'most liberated city' in the world - San Francisco and soon in my works I started freezing moments created through the painterly tension between an intense space and the limits of the colour palette," she continues.

Kamal says her landscapes have elements that are predominantly Indian but are juxtaposed against American, European, Middle Eastern and Asian references by way of location, colour palette, composition, patterns and tactile texture.

"My landscapes symbolise hope and progress and its spontaneity determines the level of intuitive abstraction," she adds.