Maitrry P Shah

Maitrry is a much-lauded and award-laden artist, whose contemporary aesthetic has earned her broad recognition. Her unique and profoundly expressive painting style, teeming with imagination, distinguishes her from her contemporaries. Originally hailing from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Maitrry spent her formative years in Gandhinagar. Her artistic journey was initiated during these early years, when she first began to render nature’s wonders through her paintings. Inspired by her avid reading of art literature and buoyed by her parents’ unwavering encouragement, she was led to the realisation that an entire universe could be conjured with merely a brush and a palette of colours.

Her artistic vision was further enriched by visits to revered art galleries in the USA, such as the National Gallery of Art-Washington, MoMA-New York, and the Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art-Charlotte.

In this connection, Maitrry has been felicitated widely and has received multiple awards and many accolades. She has exhibited her paintings at many reputed art galleries/institutions in India (Gandhinagar, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Bhilwara-Rajasthan, Ahmedabad, Noida, Gurugram, Manipal, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata et al.) and globally, in Mauritius, Poland among many others. Her works also form part of many private collections as well as art institutions in India and worldwide.

Given the above, Maitrry’s artistry, predominantly focused on human expressions, is crafted in various mediums such as oil, acrylic, oil pastels, and mixed media. Her paintings, particularly those that illuminate women’s emotions, have been described as soul-touching. The nuances of love, happiness, despair, and sadness are all skilfully conveyed through her brushstrokes. Her acute sense of composition and her eye for subtle detail lend her work a distinctive vitality and depth. Maitry’s unique application of acrylic and oil infuses her figures with vibrancy and motion, while her use of mixed media creates realistic textures that distinguish her work from others.

Her artworks showcase her profound instincts and artistic conceptualisations about various facets of the human psyche. Indeed her distinctive style captures the range of human emotions and her brushstrokes not only convey a youthful exuberance but also a wide open optimism which often resonates through her paintings. Each artwork serves as a window to the innermost thought processes, emotions and a varied experience of the human psyche, inviting all to engage in visual inspection, conversation, introspection and empathy. Her diverse collection of paintings truly demonstrates a wide range of universal truths and is a revelation of the myriad realms of life, thereby encouraging viewers and onlookers alike to contemplate the themes of anticipation, longing and liberation which are duly manifested in her art.