Komal Madar is a British Indian artist based in West London. Her first solo exhibition took place in Hyatt Place Hotel based in West London Hayes (April 27- May 24 2018) where she showcased a large collection of her work; including paintings which have featured in world leading names like Vogue, House and Garden, The World of Interiors, and Inside Artists magazine. Madar is also preparing for one of the most exciting contemporary art events held by FLUX in London at The National Army Museum in Chelsea, London (March 14-17 2019).
Madar was selected to exhibit in the first addition of Artrooms Art fair in Rome at the Church Palace Hotel (March 2018), and has also been a twice-shortlisted artist at La Galleria Pall Mall for the Royal Arts Prize Exhibition. She has undertaken commissioned art works for well renowned establishments in Cambodia and London, and has been selling original artwork and limited edition prints worldwide
Madar studied at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College where she graduated in art and design. She then went on to complete her BA in Fine Art and English Literature at The University of Reading (2007) and later, a Diploma in Fine Art from the Byam Shaw College of Art (2008).
Visually, Madar seeks for an element of beauty and mystery in her work, and for the point of entry to be intriguing to evoke an emotion in people. Her Indian heritage has played an essential role in influencing her choice of materials such as Indian textiles, pigment powders, henna, and in the sprawling, intricate patterns, designed to add depth and texture to her canvases. Madar’s work embraces a rich, bold and vibrant palette; drawing inspiration from nature, abstract shapes and in particular the female form.
" I want the viewer to go on a journey that not only highlights my visions of colour but also offers an insight into my own subconscious/ spiritual state and my interest in ideas around transcendence.”
With the continued investigation of materials Madar gives a personal exploratory energy to her paintings. The abstract forms allow the viewer a glimpse into the artists’ subconscious as patterns from nature are depicted with vibrant passion, wrapping around the forms of figures twisted in pleasure.
My practice takes on three distinct forms; imagined and re-imagined Landscapes; rich vibrant work inspired by my Indian heritage and abstract paintings. My work is an invitation to go on a journey that not only highlights my visions, but also offers an insight into my subconscious/ spiritual state and my interest in ideas around transcendence. Visually I seek for an element of beauty and mystery in my work, and for the point of entry to be intriguing. I try to find liberty from rules to mobilise the unconscious, as I want to paint the world as I imagine it.
The mysterious, and re-imagined landscapes become the voice for nature and a space for the viewer to contemplate. Nature’s beauty in all its elements possesses an inexhaustible vitality and the promise of infinity, which I try to capture. It yields us into a reflective state or some form of meditation - away from the concrete jungle of noise, pressure, concerns, distractions and anxieties we face on a daily basis. I try to construct magical and fantastical imagery in a world that is increasingly becoming mechanical. I want the connection I create through my paintings to be more real than what actually exists. I strive to give expression to our most profound existential emotions in a simple and universally comprehensible manner; and seek for a sense of purity to evoke an emotion in people.
Some of my paintings carry a bleak vision with a sense of loneliness and abandonment, but still remaining celebratory in nature. The use of a darker pallet echoes my concern for self-destruction, environmental destruction, and the suffering of other life forms from human errors. It’s also about the viewer becoming present of their own sentience of the Natural world and for ones personal condition or experiences.
I aim to create a space that provides the viewer a space for contemplations. The works will be small and intimate. The experience will be like walking through an enchanted forest.