Preetima Pande is essentially an abstract painter. This style appears to come to her naturally. She does landscapes which she transforms into new compositions. Doing abstracted works of nature is like transforming divine creation into new images. Does a changed landscape -- on the basis of abstraction -- change God's work and procedure a new image? It does. It adds to the beauty of a painting. It brings out forms which are not present in the original. It reveals hidden qualities. It is an improvement on reality.
Beautifully abstracted images are seen in the high calibre of paintings at the exhibition which is titled ‘Chiaroscuro’.
The 53-year-old artist has a Master Degree in Zoology. Later, she did a Masters degree in Fine Arts.
Based in Pune, Preetima apparently has great visualisation powers and instinctive appreciation of aesthetics.
Having painted and exhibited her works for two decades, Preetima sources her ideas from a rich reservoir of experience developed through her travels all over India and abroad. With her sustained efforts, deep involvement and thorough study of her subjects, she has carved a niche for herself.
She focuses on nature such as Monsoon, Jacaranda, Blooms, the Divine, Strolling, Moonlight, etc.
Exhibition at Nehru Centre from next week. Contact: 8888861318/ 02064783074.