Bela Mardia

Bela Mardia

Bela Mardia is a self-trained Indian artist whose paintings are uninfluenced by conventional styles of art. Her piece de resistance is the knife-palette style of painting. The plethora of artwork including abstract, semi-abstract, figurative & portrait paintings in acrylic & oil created straight out of her living room have resided in various art galleries over the years, and have captivated patrons with a keen eye.

Bela's paintings have been greatly inspired by her childhood memories & natural rustic settings portrayed with a blurry effect that will walk you down the memory lane. Particularly fond of deeper tones, many of Bela's knife paintings are a product of pure imagination, appearing to be mysterious alternate worlds which are in fact regular scenes, portrayed in semi-abstract form.

Themes of Bela's work primarily revolve around the portrayal of an outdoor setting. She uses the palette knife with extreme finesse, that evinces expressiveness & sets it apart from regular brush stroke painting. The creaminess and intensity of paint achieved through knife make it possible to create effects of reflections, masses of houses in the background or thin lines that render a three-dimensional quality to the painting.

Between 1999 to 2000 paintings were displayed at Jehangir Art Gallery through Art Society of India.
Between 2007 to 2008 paintings were displayed in a show at Kala Ghoda Festival.
Between 2010 - 2012 Group Exhibition and Monsoon show of paintings was held in Bajaj Art Gallery twice and Group Shows were held in Ravindra Natya Mandir, Coomarswami Hall, Art Entrance Gallery and Museum Art Gallery. A Charitable Group show was also hosted in Cymroza Art Gallery.
In 2012 Duo show was presented at Nehru Centre with a German artist. Show was also presented in Coomarswami Hall (Prince of Wales Museum) & in Jehangir art gallery.
·Between 2013 - 2016 group shows were held in Ravindra Natya Mandir & Coomarswami Hall (Prince of Wales Museum). Her work was also covered on Television by Channel TV9 6 and NDTV.
Between 2017 - 2018 presented her Debut solo show in Artists' centre and a Winter Show at Tao Art Gallery, Worli.

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