Shyamolie Madhavji

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I am a passionate visual artist, textile designer and free lance set designer. Being brought up in a family full of art lovers and established artists it is no surprise that I have inherited this creative talent too. Raised in Mumbai, I am habituated to the main hub of street art and popular art festivals and exhibitions. I have acquired a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree from the Arts University Bournemouth. After spending years of experimenting with painting, installation, media and curation, I have returned to Mumbai and founded Faceprints, where I work on paintings and textile prints.

Working across a variety of media my work includes paintings, installations, photography and textile prints. My artwork is a combination of my personal upbringing in Mumbai and cultural heritage and lineage from Kutch, my hometown. My paintings bring out the scenic visuals in Mumbai that one sees on a daily basis in this beautiful metropolitan city. The artwork is contrasted with a colourful amalgamation of Rogan and Ajrakh handicrafts from Kutch.

After visiting my motherland, Kutch and living with the local craftsmen and artisans, I was grateful to learn the tedious process of textile printing. This inspired me to make my own textile designs and revive them in my paintings. Portraying my cultural background and traditional values through my artwork gives me immense satisfaction and pride. Being brought up in a family of art lovers and artists it is no surprise that I have inherited this creative talent too. Textiles and handicrafts have always been very close to my heart as my great grandmother used to paint on saris and various other garments. Seeing her paintings made me motivated to give back to my ancestral roots and motherland.

My personal upbringing and ethnic values have played a huge role in my artistic career and has helped me develop this unique and original style. My work allows me to explore my unconscious ideas and awakens my creative personality. I find myself continuously discovering more about the historical background of my hometown and emotionally connecting myself with various traditional customs and ethnic values.