Born in Dankaur (U.P.) India. Lives in Summit, NJ, works in Summit, East Orange and Newark, NJ.
After a long business and legal career, with forays in art, I started making art full time 5 years ago. I have had good enablers along the way. I did not make a conscious effort to develop a style; I let it happen to me.
I am an experimental light and illumination artist, making indoor and outdoor immersive work. I paint and sculpt natural and computer programmed Light, with reflections, movement and shadows. We take light for granted as a functional utility, but light is unavailable to millions on Earth after dark. I grew up without manufactured light in a farming community in India. We lived with the natural light we had. I now explore manufactured light.
I strive to create work that interrogates my experiences and is at the edge of familiarity and stimulates aware states. Light is a natural and democratic medium that lets me do this. Metaphors linking Light to knowledge, awareness, thought, ideas, are abundant: “enlightenment”, “bright ideas”, “flashes of genius” or of “insight”.
I want to entice viewers to slow down and see and contemplate light and color in their lives. I want everyone to “eat light, drink it through our skins” since “with a little more exposure to light, you feel part of things physically.” (Turrell).
I was a resident at Gallery Aferro in Newark and was selected to exhibit in competitive Call for Chelsea and Call for Bushwick exhibitions. I have exhibited in “open call” group and on invitation by local curators. My large-scale, site-specific public art installations (in and outdoors) have been exhibited in Newark, NJ, Key West, FL, Madison, WI, Summit, NJ and Long Beach Island, NJ.
My work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Hyperallergic, Artefuse, and other media. A mini-documentary on my work was selected for the New Filmmakers’ Festival.