Aparna started her creative career back in the 90s as a fashion designer, but despite success and several awards for her work, she decided to focus purely on visual arts. Over 40 solo and group exhibitions later, her work has been selected for shows all over the world – from Austria and Iran, to Dubai and Basel.
‘Energy and hope is what I believe in,’ she says. ‘Nature is where I find it – energy, colour, vibrancy, boldness, depth and shadow is what I see… and in abundance. All these are emotions to me. The textured surfaces, as life is, beauty in every nook, be it in the laughter of colours or in the dark.’
Aparna’s works on waterlilies, clearly inspired by her greatest influence Monet, bring to bear her own techniques and personality – the freedom and lightness of touch in her paper works evoke elements of Japanese watercolours. The larger canvas works each took her a year to complete – using watersprays and dry brush strokes alongside traditional painting techniques to create layer upon layer of colour, patterns and textures, achieving the balance of vibrancy and fluidity of life she seeks.
‘Every stroke or mark created is like a new discovery, to an unknown land of pleasure,’ says Aparna, in a typically exuberant tone.
She lives and works in Haryana.