Title: Kalia Daman (Serpent King)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 5' x 10'
Parekh was born and raised in a village called Sanjaya in Gujarat, India. She comes from a large family of six brothers and sisters. Her father, a staunch Gandhian, was the headmaster at a local school, so the family was well educated at home. As a child on group outings in the fields or on her way to school, she saw dogs, buffaloes, birds, cows, goats, monkeys, hens, temples, huts, people, and the sun. Memories from her childhood appear in her paintings: the local animals, imaginary characters from stories, colors from the painted ceiling of the Swaminarayan Temple. Parekh does not pre-plan her paintings, so she can easily adapt them to any scale. She starts at one point in the canvas, and from there the painting grows, like a tree or creeper. Things keep changing as she works.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: Traveling One Woman Show, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Beyrouth, Germany, 1995; 30 Year Retrospective Exhibition, Bombay, Calcutta, and New Delhi, 1993-'94; Sakshi Gallery, Madras, India, 1992; Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1986; Al-Khaleeja, Kuwait, 1985; Urja Art Gallery, Birla Academy, Calcutta, 1984; Pundole Art Gallery, Bombay, 1982; Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1978; Dhoomimal Gallery, Bombay, New Delhi, 1975; and Chemould Art Gallery, Calcutta, 1972.
Her selected group exhibitions include: Sahmat, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1990; Tribute to Nelson Mandela, L.T.G. Gallery, New Delhi, 1990; Through the Looking Glass, CCA Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1989; Art Mosaic, Spastic Society, New Delhi, Bombay, and Calcutta, 1989; watercolors by four women artists, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, 1988; Cry, Bombay, New Delhi, and Calcutta, 1987; watercolors by four women artists, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 1987; Play, ICCR, Istanbul, Ankara, Yugoslavia, 1985; three women artists, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, 1983; New Contemporaries, Marg Publication, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay, 1978; Head Series, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1977; and 3rd Triennale of India, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1975.