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Ragini Prasad is a contemporary artist from San Francisco Bay Area, California who explores themes of femininity, beauty and spirituality. Each painting is an articulation of myth and reality of relations to nature. She specializes in acrylic paint and nib pens on canvas and paper.
Ragini is an accredited mithila artist from National Institute of Mithila Art, Darbhanga, Bihar, India. Her paintings are influenced by Madhubani technique as she paints her contemporary compositions. Ragini’s journey with Madhubani Art is a skill learnt through generations of artists in her family that used this technique of art.
In her words, “I joined Gallery9 in 2021 summer. It has played a key role in my art journey as I learn through our visitors to the gallery what intrigues and fascinates them. Gallery9 has a high bar of the quality of art and it has been a special moment to visit the Gallery each month as the art refreshes. Each first Friday of the month it’s magical to stop by the gallery with live music in the downtown. I believe galleries play a key role in our lives as it brings together the community and artist giving a forum to local artists. Art is statement, like a piece of jewelry that speaks about us individually and local artists give an opportunity for everyone to make such a statement about themselves.”
In Composition of Ram Sita Swayamvara
My grand mother who influenced my technique of my compositions.
"The art is specially famous for the geometrical patterns that the artists imbibe in their work. Madhubani paintings were first made by women from the Madhubani district in Bihar's Mithila region. These eye-catching works of art were often made on house walls before they caught attention of the urban world as well." Source
Madhubani Art (or Mithila painting) is a style of Indian painting, practiced in the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent - India and Nepal. Madhubani paintings were originally done with a variety of tools, including fingers, twigs, brushes, nib-pens, and matchsticks and using natural dyes and pigments. It is characterised by its eye-catching geometrical patterns. Madhubani paintings mostly depict people and their association with nature and scenes and deities from the ancient epics. This traditionally created by the women of various communities in the Mithila region of the Indian subcontinent. The paintings were traditionally done on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts, but now they are also done on cloth, handmade paper and canvas. Madhubani paintings are made from the paste of powdered rice. Madhubani painting has remained confined to a compact geographical area and the skills have been passed on through centuries, the content and the style have largely remained the same.
"Madhubani art not only depicts the social structure but also the cultural identity of the land with its depictions on themes of religion, love and fertility. Madhubani paintings are among the most famous paintings in the world. This popular art of the Mithila region expresses the creativity and sensitivity of its people." Source
"Till the Thirties, the world had never seen a Madhubani painting. In 1934, during the terrible Nepal-Bihar earthquake, the walls of the homes in Jitwarpur, Bihar collapsed, exposing the inner chambers and the stunning artworks that snaked all over them like lush vines. William G Archer, a British officer, took photographs of the paintings and wrote about them in 1949 for Marg magazine. Another disaster in the form of a drought in 1966 would nudge the artists out from within those painted walls and into the marketplace." Sources (1) (2)
Six Madhubani famous women artists to know 1) Sita Devi, 2) Mahasundari Devi, 3) Malvika Raj, 4) Dulari Devi, 5) Pushpa Kumari, 6) Mahalaxmi
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