About Me 

Ritu is a sensitive painter, expressing hidden emotions and hidden thoughts, in her paintings. Some of her paintings at a glance seem to be still and calm but if you look deeper you will discover it is just an outer calm, masking an inner turmoil. Being a professionally trained painter, she manipulates the human form and paint very skillfully and gives interesting textures to her work.

From 2003 to about 2011, Ritu went through a personal upheaval, and more or less stopped painting. Not only did she loose her brother and father but also fractured her painting arm. Due to the emotional loss, the physical recovery of her arm took a very long time, inspite of intensive physiotherapy. Ritu spent these years in introspection and sketching. Due to this, her work as changed and evolved.

In her recent works she has shed the charade. It is as if she has been freed from some great burden or bondage. The meanings are no more hidden; the emotions are no more camouflaged. The thoughts are no more disguised.

The gut wrenching relationship between human and human and their relationship, with the "creator" are no longer sugar coated. The haves and have not's are all dealt in the same way. Conveying that we are all the same, when you cut to the chaise. Human beings need for love and appreciation transcends race, colour, creed, socioeconomic status, age and size.

The rendering also echoes the same ethos. The drawing is powerful, almost tribal and at the same instant, modern. The skillful stylization of the human form depicts raw emotions, complimented by the texture and the fury of the rendering.

The figures, nearly in silhouette, like sculptures, stand still, frozen in their thoughts, situation and emotion, at the same time depicting action, against a turbulent background.

Ritu is now working towards a solo show titled "twisted through the tunnels of time"- based on this new style.    - P. Chadha

  EDUCATION : Cathedral & John Connon High School- Mumbai
Sir J.J. School of Art- Mumbai (5 years degree course)
Bachelor of Arts, in English from Mumbai University
       
  SABBATICAL : 2003 to 2011 (Injury, Deaths, Births & Deaths)
       
  EXHIBITIONS : NOV.2002    Christies Auction for Akansha, Mumbai.
NOV.2002   “The Creator” Solo show At Primary Colours, Mumbai
FEB. 2002    Exhibited at Kala Ghoda, Art Festival, Mumbai.
JAN.2002    "Body Dialogue" Show at Primary Colours Mumbai.
SEP. 2001    Inaugural Show at Primary Colours, Mumbai
DEC.2000    Exhibited at Jewels Of India Mumbai
DEC. 2001   "Mirrors of the Soul" at Taj Art Gallery- Mumbai
NOV.2000    Exhibited at Grande Bay, Galerie d'Art, Mauritius
JAN. 1997    Exhibited at the 5,000 Millennia of Indian Art- Mumbai.
Participated in many group shows in India and Abroad. Paintings sold and handled by numerous leading Art dealers in India and abroad
       
  MEDIA-TV : An in depth viewing of paintings and interview on BBC TV – London-UK, 1993
       
  MEDIA- PRESS : Write ups in The Times Of India, Bombay Times, Observer, Inside Outside, Femina, Mid- Day, Verve, Café Celeb, The Afternoon, Mauritius Times, among Others


PAINTINGS IN PRIVATE AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS IN INDIA & ABROAD


LISTED BELOW ARE A FEW NAMES

  • MRS SUNITA PITAMBER – INTERIOR DESIGNER
  • MR MRS ZARINE AND SANJAY KHAN- INTERIOR DESIGNER/ACTOR
  • MS DIMPLE KAPADIA- ACTOR
  • ABU JANI AND SANDEEP KHOSLA- FASHION/ INTERIOR DESIGNERS
  • MR MRS ATUL MUNIM- SOLICITORS
  • MRS NAGMA CARIMWALA
  • MR MRS BIMLA AND SURESH MAHKHIJA
  • MRS SHANTI CHOPRA- ART MUSINGS- (ART GALLERY)
  •  MR ASHISH BALARAM NAGPAL (ART GALLERY)
  • MRS USHA MIRCHANDANI (ART GALLERY)
  • MRS NEETU KOLI- INTERIOR DESIGNER
  • MR MRS MAFATLAL
  • MR MRS MAYA AND SUNIL ALAGH
  • MR MRS NEETU AND RISHI KAPOOR- ACTORS (ACCQUIRED THROUGH MRS PARMESHWAR GODREJ)
  • MS. RITU BERRY- FASHION DESIGNER
  • MR MRS MULCHANDANI
  • MR MRS PARIKH
  • MR KARAN JOHAR- FILM MAKER
  • MR SUNIL MANCHANDA- AD FILMS
  • MR MRS SIMONE AND AJAY ARORA- INDUSTRIALISTS
  • MS. NAMRATA SHARMA- INTERIOR DESIGNER
  • DR. RADHA CHOUGLE
  • MS. RASHMI KHILNANI- AUTHOR
  • MS. PRITI CHANDRANI- FILM MAKER
  • MR MRS MARIWALA- INDUSTRIALISTS
  • MS. FARAH KHAN ALI- JEWELLERY DESIGNER
  • MS. COLETTE AUSTIN- GRAPHIC/ JEWELLERY DESIGNER
  • MR MRS MITHAL- INDUSTRIALISTS
  • MR MRS AGARWAL- INDUSTRIALISTS
  • MR MRS MUMTAZ AND MAYUR MADHVANI-ACTOR/ INDUSTRIALIST
  • MR MRS AKBAR KHAN- ACTOR
  • MR MRS SRIDEVI AND BONEY KAPOOR- ACTOR/ FILM MAKER
  • MR MRS BINA AND TALAT AZIZ- ARTIST/SINGER
  • MR MRS PAMMA AND SUNIL MEHTA- FILM MAKERS
  • MR MRS PIRAMAL- INDUSTRIALISTS
  • MR MRS LAKHDAWALA- BUILDERS
  • MR MRS BIRLA- INDUSTRIALISTS
  • MRS MAYA MADHVANI

AMONG OTHERS