About the Show


Born in 1972, Madhuri Kathe is not just a painter; she is also a thinker, scholar, reader, and spiritual philosopher. For her, figurative art is akin to the body, while abstract art is like the soul. The journey of every person begins in the body, and we spend a lifetime trying to come closer to our true being – our soul. In her lifetime, Madhuri too, has been on a journey of exploration, growth, and evolution to come closer to the divine abstraction now seen in her work.
Nirakar is a series of artworks by Madhuri Kathe that explore the idea of divine formlessness. “Nir” means without, and “akar” means form. Nirakar, literally then, means without form, or formless. In her delicate abstract creations, Madhuri explores this idea at a literal as well as spiritual level.
Madhuri’s works are dominated by muted colours and a soft palette that create a meditative, Zen feeling. Her travels, meditation practice, and fondness for Indian classical music are all influences, evident in both the process and the final outcome of her work, which exude serenity and calmness.
Extremely learned, having completed two master’s degrees in art as well a PhD in Indian miniature paintings, Madhuri Kathe has read extensively on the subject of spirituality, and the knowledge she has gained, reflects in the quiet restraint practiced on her canvas. The colours, materials and empty spaces, all have a role to play, harmoniously balancing with one another in celebration of divine formlessness.

A Meditative Creative Process

For Madhuri Kathe, creating art is nothing short of meditation. Having spent two decades achieving mastery in the use of her selected materials, her elaborate process is an inseparable part of Madhuri’s artworks. Indian classical music plays in her studio as she works, and she meditates in front of her canvas before starting any creative process.

A Play of Texture and Colour

Madhuri Kathe’s mother was a tailor, so her childhood was spent surrounded by cloth. Her love for using surgical gauze as a dominant medium in her works is inspired by those memories. She also uses other interesting materials such as dyed fabric and burnt paper along with a considered colour palette, to create fascinating textures on her canvas.

The Artist Speaks

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