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Sunita Khedekar

Sunita Khedekar

"Education: I Graduated in Applied arts and Fine arts from Asia’s premier art school, Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art at Mumbai, India in 1991. Along with pursuing the two degree courses, I have trained in Bharatnatyam style of classical Indian dance. Currently, I am training to be a Hindustani classical vocalist at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London.

In India
After my degree course I started working for an advertising agency, Sowbhagya, as a visualiser / illustrator for 2 years. I then got the privilege to work with Mr.Viru Hiremath, Art director of Trikaya-Grey, Mumbai, India for the next 2 years.

While working in the agency I worked on several prestigious ad campaigns and challenging projects. This professional experience gave me confidence to start my own design studio.

In 1995 I started my own design studio, mainly concentrating on stain-glass paintings, murals and oil / acrylic paintings.

Working with interior designers and architects I got opportunity to work for high profile projects such as the Mayor’s Bungalow, several corporate offices and hotels.

During this time, apart from my main line work I participated in three group exhibitions. In these exhibitions I mainly displayed acrylic paintings along with experimenting with different mediums and themes. My work was well appreciated by audience and critics.

Venue for the first exhibition was the Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai, India. Here, I experimented with combination of acrylic and stain-glass paints on lampshades, mirrors and canvas too. There was an overwhelming response which resulted in very good reviews in India’s leading newspapers like the ‘Times of India’ etc and many private orders.

The second exhibition was held at the Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai, India. In Indian mythology, Lord Ganesha is recognised by 108 different names. All these names reflect his characteristics. The theme for this exhibition was a selection of twelve different names of the elephant God ‘Ganesha’ . This exhibition was one of the most successful ones so far. It got very good reviews and I also got coverage in the prime time news on the state TV channel. The show was completely sold out and I developed a lot of recognition among art dealers.

In the third exhibition, my work was inspired by African art forms. Apart from acrylic paintings, masks made from ceramic clay and glass were the main highlights. This show was greatly appreciated for its versatility.

In U.K.
In late 1999 I relocated to the UK. Since then I have concentrated on acrylic paintings. Inspiration for these paintings has been the beautiful English landscapes, the symmetrical architectural style and the seasonal change of hues all around me. But nostalgia about the past has made me continue with traditional Indian themes as well.

Since 2002, I have been associated with Wimbledon Art Studio, London. I have showcased all my work at the various art shows organised there. The response has always been very encouraging. My painting also got selected for the publicity material created by the Studio for the Art Review magazine.

I am currently working on Indian mythological theme using acrylic on canvas. Keep watching my gallery for latest additions."

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