5 October 1999
Arpita Singh (b. 1937)
Munna Appa's Kitchen
signed and dated 'ARPITA SINGH 94' (lower left) and further inscribed 'ARPITA SINGH/MUNNA APA'S KITCHEN OIL ON CANVAS 1994 60 x 66' (on reverse)
oil on canvas
60 x 66 in. (152.4 x 167.6 cm.)
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Geeti Sen, Image and imagination: Five Contempory Artists in India, Ahmedabad, India, 1996, p.111, illustrated.
New Delhi, Vadehra Art Gallery, Arpita Singh Paintings 1992-4, 29 September - 31 October 1994, illustrated.
Arpita Singh's paintings defy interpretation. On the surface of things, they appear remarkably naive and picturesque. According to the artist, they are 'a memory of something once known and since forgotten, like childhood or paradise.'
Using familiar objects from domestic life - sofa sets, potted plants, floral bouquets and kitchen utensils Arpita Singh creates a magical world where inanimate objects come to life. This assemblage of familiar objects are painted in bold colours and presented in an overall pattern reminiscent of Kantha embroidery.
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