IAA Meeting May 22: Navneeta Khemka on Tanjore Art- Gold Foil & semi-precious stones

The May IAA Members Meeting will be held on the 4th Tuesday evening, May 22 at 7pm.

It will feature artist Navneeta Khemka, who will give a demonstration of Tanjore Art, an ancient Indian (South Asian) art which goes as back as the 1600 AD. These paintings are characterized by rich, flat and vivid colors, simple iconic composition, glittering gold foils overlaid on delicate but extensive gesso work and inlay of glass beads and pieces of very rarely precious and semi-precious gems. Originally, the subjects of most paintings have been Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints.   In modern times, these paintings have become souvenirs and colorful pieces of art to decorate walls, and collectors’ items for art lovers

Her demo will feature the fundamental technique of this art form. She will also give ideas as how one could incorporate the art form in modern contemporary and other art styles. How one can protect the work from weather damage. She will also give you a list of supplies and materials used in this art form.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and the Meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts in Irving. Guests are welcome.  Directions.

Artists, please bring finger food for the potluck and don’t forget to bring your entry for the Artist of the Month competition. We will also have a Silent Auction of art supplies and books.

About the artist:
Navneeta is a Fashion Designer/Merchandiser and has a degree from FIT, New York in Merchandising. She is also a Radio Jockey on a popular FM frequency in Dallas catering to the South Asian Community. She has worked at several corporate design houses in India and in New York and she moved to Dallas in 2012. She lives in Flower Mound, TX.
She has won several art awards in Irving and also in Denton and has become a full-time artist. Her art has heavy reflections of her culture and folk art as she has grown up in India. She feels art has no boundaries. Her exposure to the American Art has strengthened this belief that American art can be given a different dimension if incorporated with different techniques of Indian Art styles. That is what she is set to achieve with her work.

She has also started a small company through which she does mobile paint parties. Her solo exhibit would be on display at the IAA from April 26th – May 24th, the same time when the demo would take place. One could find more of her works with the Tanjore art form used in many of her pieces.