Brinda Miller, Mumbai-based contemporary Indian artist who is known both for her artistic and organisational talents (she was former director of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival), held her 16th solo show titled Vanishing Point in the city last month. Based on the premise that a vanishing point, or point of convergence, is a key element in many works of art, especially in a linear perspective drawing, the vanishing point is the spot on the horizon line to which the receding parallel lines diminish.
Just like art imitates life, Millerâ€™s multi-tasking
skills are reflected in the way she paints. There is both energy and a sense of calmness pervading her canvases, just as she likes to balance her busy life with the introspective peace of working on her art. With this new body of work, she veers away from the landscape-laden vocabulary drawn chiefly from her travels across the world. Her expression has become increasingly architectural, thanks to the fact that her studio is physically part of the architecture and design firm ABM Architects.
Millerâ€™s recent collection could be interpreted as a new phase wherein her preoccupations are based on principles of the architectural and an urbanscape abstraction via vestigial lines, angles, arcs and ellipses, and through other geometrical devices. These continue to exercise a structural function â€“ primarily that of a scaffolding that supports the many layered hues and shades, and their countering tonalities. Clearly, her paintings with their conscious denial of strict form, and their preoccupations with colour, can be viewed as restless cityscapes.
About the artist
Brinda Miller qualified in Textile Design from the Sir JJ. School of Art, Mumbai, in 1979 with a First Class, standing first in order of merit in Maharashtra. Miller, who has been exhibiting her work since 1982, also studied Drawing and Painting at the Parsons School of Design, New York, in 1989.
Miller has been honorary festival director of the iconic Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, and has been instrumental in bringing this festival to its present popularity. She is also art advisor and mentor to several NGOs and other not-for-profit art organisations such as AVID, a learning programme, and is a committee member of Artistsâ€™ Centre, a non-profit art gallery. She has been on several prestigious art and design juries too.
The artist has won several awards throughout school and college: She was honoured by The Rotary Club of Sealand as â€˜Acclaimed Artistâ€™, 2009. She has also won the Women Achievers Award from the Giants Group, 2009; International Womenâ€™s Day Award, Young Environmentalists Programme Trust, 2009; the Institute of Indian Interior Designersâ€™ Icon Among Women Award, 2010; and the Bharat Nirman Award, 2017. In September 2017, she was a TEDX speaker at IIT (BHU), Varanasi.
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Dec 06, 2018
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