An overview of the fine art exhibition “Suchitra Bhosle: Sacred Spaces”
by Kelly Skeen, Arts Writer for Meyer Gallery
Suchitra Bhosle’s representational painting style embraces impressionist techniques through loose brushwork and accurate depictions of ever-changing light. The defining factor of Bhosle’s work, however, is the mood she invokes through oil paintings that are inspired by personal moments or lingering experiences. While much of Bhosle’s painting career has focused on the figure, her latest work emphasizes architectural subjects that stem from an intimate sense of place.
“Apart from lighting and mood, what draws me to paint these spaces is the dynamic dialogue between shape and color,” says Bhosle of her architectural imagery. While the dominating subjects for Bhosle’s exhibition are church naves or facades, the sacred feel of her paintings is not necessarily reliant on spiritual subject matter. The distinct mood of each piece is conjured instead through intimate lighting, soft brushwork, and subtle color harmonies. These techniques are also evident in Bhosle’s figurative style, which will have a presence within the exhibition. “A sacred space could be a mosque, temple, or any place of worship,” she says. “But it’s not limited to that. It could also be a personal moment that was close to me.”
Bhosle was born in India, where she lived for 25 years before moving to the United States. She and her husband lived in California and took regular trips to New Mexico before recently moving to the East Coast. Her latest architectural paintings reflect blended imagery of Indian temples, California Spanish missions, and Southwest adobe churches. Bhosle often juxtaposes various elements from each culture into a single image, imagining a place that encompasses the beauty she has experienced in various sacred spaces.
“Suchitra Bhosle: Sacred Spaces” will be on view through June 14, 2018. For more information, please visit www.meyergalleries.com.