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IAA Meeting May 22: Navneeta Khemka on Tanjore Art- Gold Foil & semi-precious stones

The May IAA Members Meeting will be held on the 4th Tuesday evening, May 22 at 7pm.

It will feature artist Navneeta Khemka, who will give a demonstration of Tanjore Art, an ancient Indian (South Asian) art which goes as back as the 1600 AD. These paintings are characterized by rich, flat and vivid colors, simple iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces of very rarely precious and semi-precious gems. Originally, the subjects of most paintings have been Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints.   In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs and colorful pieces of art to decorate walls, and collectors’ items for art lovers

Her demo will feature the fundamental technique of this art form. She will also give ideas as how one could incorporate the art form in modern contemporary and other art styles. How one can protect the work from weather damage. She will also give you a list of supplies and materials used in this art form.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Guests are welcome.  Directions.

Find out more about the Irving Art Assocation at http://IrvingArt.org.

About the artist:
Navneeta is a Fashion Designer/Merchandiser and has a degree from FIT, New York in Merchandising. She is also a Radio Jockey on a popular FM frequency in Dallas catering to the South Asian Community. She has worked at several corporate design houses in India and in New York and she moved to Dallas in 2012. She lives in Flower Mound, TX.
She has won several art awards in Irving and also in Denton and has become a full-time artist. Her art has heavy reflections of her culture and folk art as she has grown up in India. She feels art has no boundaries. Her exposure to the American Art has strengthened this belief that American art can be given a different dimension if incorporated with different techniques of Indian Art styles. That is what she is set to achieve with her work.

She has also started a small company through which she does mobile paint parties. Her solo exhibit would be on display at the IAA from April 26th – May 24th, the same time when the demo would take place. One could find more of her works with the Tanjore art form used in many of her pieces.

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Navneeta Khemka Exhibit: Sound of Music…Original Indian Contemporary Art

Navneeta Khemka Solo Exhibit:
SOUND OF MUSIC
ORIGINAL INDIAN CONTEMPORARY ART

Apr 29- May 25, 2018


Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, East Gallery, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX. Sponsored by the Irving Art Association

RECEPTION Sunday, May 6, 1-4 pm

An artist has the ability to create & contribute unique art by adding colors, forms, textures to this already beautiful universe, making this world a more beautiful place. I feel blessed with the talent to be able to do so.

About the Artist
Navneeta is a Fashion Designer/Merchandiser and has a degree from FIT, New York in Merchandising and is a proud valedictorian. She is also a Radio Jockey on a popular FM frequency in Dallas catering to the South Asian Community. She has worked at several corporate design houses in India and in New York and she moved to Dallas in 2012. She lives in Flower Mound, TX.

The Musician Man Acrylic 20”X16”

She has been drawn to the field of art from a very young age. She would participate in performing arts (drama, dance, singing), creative writing and the creative process of designing. Her color sense has always been appreciated. Her fashion sketches and illustrations have won her several awards. Growing up she would observe the minutest of details of things around her and get fascinated by textures, people and their expressions. She would get attached to stories and events and that reflects in her art. She primarily paints in Acrylics and sometimes in Oils. She loves acrylics and the surprise factor that it brings along with it. The layers and textures one can achieve with acrylics makes the process mesmerizing to her. She also paints realistic but has majorly started gravitating to Indian contemporary and abstract art. This comes naturally to her. Also, she is very close to the Indian heritage and culture which she would love to bring forward in a way the American world could appreciate or relate to. She is no at ease when painting. She dreams for days, even having sleepless nights over an idea and her mind rests only after the piece is finished to her desired satisfaction. But that end feeling to her is divine.

She has won several awards in Irving and also in Denton and has become a full-time artist. She has also started a small company, her entrepreneurial venture through which she does mobile paint parties. She wants the world to paint with her. “It gives me immense pleasure seeing the happy faces after the completion of their master pieces. It is very gratifying.” she says.

She also works in a special art form from the 17th century India. The art form is called Tanjore, notable for the 22Karat Gold foil and semi-precious stones which involves several hours of intricate details and meticulous work. She incorporates the traditional art into modern contemporary.

Her solo exhibit ‘Sound of Music’ is an Indian Art Exhibit. She will have big and small pieces of art depicting music in different forms, colors and compositions. Music is everywhere and it is entirely one’s interpretation how you see or hear it. She is a storyteller and every piece has a story around it. Her love for music as a RJ is what manifests in her first Solo. She says ‘Come stop by to see my exhibit just for the experience of it and if you like it do leave a note for me.”

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