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September 20, 2014

The Postcard Canvas

Text by Sitanshi Talati-Parikh

A typewriter, stove, traditional telephone, juicer, tickets and postcards. Madhav Imartey finds inspiration in everyday or defunct objects and elevates them to the level of art

  • Madhav Imartey Moving Images Percept Art Gallery Mumbai
    UNTITLED, MIX MEDIA ON CANVAS. SIZE: 48” x 72”
  • Madhav Imartey Moving Images Percept Art Gallery Mumbai
    UNTITLED, WATER COLOUR ON PAPER, SIZE: 19.5cm x 25.5cm, 2000
  • Madhav Imartey Moving Images Percept Art Gallery Mumbai
    UNTITLED, COLLAGE WITH MIX MEDIA, SIZE: 38.4cm x 56.2cm, 1995
  • Madhav Imartey Moving Images Percept Art Gallery Mumbai
    UNTITLED, COLLAGE WITH RAILWAY PASS AND MIX MEDIA, SIZE: 15.5cm x 20.5cm, 2001
  • Madhav Imartey Moving Images Percept Art Gallery Mumbai
    UNTITLED, INK AND BRUSH ON PAPER, SIZE: 28cm x 38.4cm, 1990

Nagpur-born Madhav Imartey has remained fascinated by disused and defunct objects. With a background in classical music and art (JJ School of Art, Mumbai) collages form an intrinsic part of his artworks, using postcards, railway tickets, inland letters among other things. Jesal Thacker, curator, finds that the Mumbai-based artist engages with various aspects of movement – organic, conceptual and subliminal, and the exhibition attempts to trace this synchronised visual formation. A takeaway is that Imartey doesn’t fall into complete abstraction, rather concentrates on the result of the elements that combine into a form.

Moving Images, opens at 5:30pm today at Percept Art Gallery and continues until November 7, 2014. (Percept Art Gallery: P2, Raghuvanshi State Compound, Lower Parel (W) 11am-9pm.)

3 Qs with Madhav Imartey


Artistic Motivations “Freedom to express myself! I work with a liberal attitude and I am intolerant to any kind of restriction. I aim to express hidden emotions and inner feelings; individuality drives me and I am motivated by the state of ambiguity that prevails within oneself.”

Inspirations “Objects that are not beautiful and are disused fascinate me a lot; nature has always been my prime inspiration….”

Concerns  “Firstly, uncertainty of human life and secondly, insecurity that persists in every individual.”

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