Provenance : Property from a private Mumbai based collection, artwork was acquired by the present owner from Pramila Kurian.
Height of the figure - 6ft
Nasreen Mohamedi was born in 1937 in Karachi, India, in what later became Western Pakistan about ten years after her birth. Her family moved to Mumbai in 1944. Later, she attended Saint Martin’s School of Arts in London from 1954-57. She lived with her family in Bahrain after which she achieved a scholarship in Paris from 1961-63. Briefly after returning, she joined the Bhulabhai Institute for the Arts in Mumbai. Mohamdei worked in Europe before returning to India in the 1970’s. She worked towards becoming a teacher in the Faculty of Arts, MS University, Baroda. It was here that she worked alongside many notable artists and began to develop her abstraction, producing small-scale, geometric drawings, painstakingly composed on an architects’ table, using her minimalistic mediums, a pencil and a pen. She also taught Fine Art at Majaraja Sayajirao University and continued teaching till her death. Mohamedi takes reference to Kasimir Malevich and Wassily Kandinsky, both of whom she admired and claimed as influences on her work. If one would observe her later works, her works would portray an absolute pinnacle of abstract expressionism, the beauty of which she acquired while studying in London and Paris. Mohamedi initially worked with vibrant colours and Oil as her primary medium in the 1960’s. During this time she began to form a grid format popularized by Piet Mondrian and The Minimalists. Her monochromatic palette and pecuniary form, substantiates the design of modern art’s potential to silence, narrate and critique. She travelled extensively to countries like Kuwait, Bahrain, Japan, United States, Turkey and Iran during the course of her lifetime. During the last decade of her life she was challenged with a rare neurological disorder, similar to Parkinson’s disease. None the less, she was still able to create meticulous works till she passed away aged 53 in Vadodara, 1990.