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Komal Madar : Artist

Posted on : 06/09/2019 02:01pm
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What’s your background? 


British Indian. 


How did you start making art? 


Since I was a child I was always collecting things, making things and painting on the walls. I always felt a need to create, and that feeling hasn’t left me. 


What painting means to you? 


Freedom, personal growth and when I feel most like myself. It feels good for my soul, and it’s something I must do. 


What is your favorite color? 


At the moment I'm drawn to Teal but I have a love for all colours.


Which artist or painter has influenced you? 


Salvador Dali, Anselm Kiefer. 

What are the limits of painting? 


The ones you set.

What inspires you?


Nature, dreams, life, my Indian culture. It can be anything that can spark an idea. 


How do you navigate the art world? 


I have a network of artists I talk to, I visit exhibitions, art fairs etc., but I have times when I like to retreat for long periods of time. I need the stillness.   



Which current art world trends are you following? 


I’m try to keep away from trends. I read something Georgia O’Keeffe said “Pay no attention to trends -be yourself” I think this is important. 


What are you working on now?


Investigating materials more, learning old techniques. Moving towards oil painting. 

If you were about to be reborn, what would you like to be?


Still a painter? Yes or even a dancer- maybe I could combine them both. 


Madar studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College where she graduated in art and design. She then went on to complete her BA in Fine Art and English Literature at The University of Reading (2007) and later, a Diploma in Fine Art from the Byam Shaw College of Art (2008).



Visually, Madar seeks for an element of beauty and mystery in her work, and for the point of entry to be intriguing to evoke an emotion in people. Her Indian heritage has played an essential role in influencing her choice of materials such as Indian textiles, pigment powders, henna, and in the sprawling, intricate patterns, designed to add depth and texture to her canvases. Madar’s work embraces a rich, bold and vibrant palette; drawing inspiration from nature, abstract shapes and in particular the female form. 

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