Bharvi Trivedi is the quintessential observer-artist. A 2003 graduate of the Sheth C. N. College of Fine Arts, Ahmedabad, her compositions merge her daily observations and her innermost emotions. Bharvi, whose works have been shown across India and most recently in a solo exhibition in Australia, continues to draw inspiration from the goings-on of her daily life.
'I have always been interested in the human form, life and its surroundings. One of my earliest works was a series of non-realistic self-portraits. This moved to portraits of other people - people I would see on my way to work every day.'
That is how she came to do a series of works with labourers she encountered on the streets of Ahmedabad. Carrying tiffins, taking their children to school, these were labourers who would go on to be immortalized in her paper works.
Bharvi is also instinctively experimental in forging her techniques. A crucial and distinctive element in the works shown here is her deft use of the knife as a paintbrush.
A tool Bharvi started working with in college, the knife has stayed on in her repertoire, giving works a distinguishing surface and form. 'The knife lends itself beautifully to texture, colour and richness. I mix and directly apply colour to the canvas. Then, to tone down richness, I use a wash, giving the canvas a near-translucent look,' she explains.
Bharvi lives and works in Ahmedabad. Her works feature in several private collections.