Artist Statement Kitty ParakhARTIST STATEMENT

Through the years as an artist I have derived artistic inspiration in abstraction. As its proponent, abstraction not only provides infinite possibilities as it deconstructs but it stays non-representational and works well with color and principals of design. No two images are alike.  Color and abstraction are therefore my mainstay and aides to art. My inspirations stem from my Indian heritage, my enduring love for my city of New Orleans, from nature, travels and life experiences. Before I begin, I doodle, read, anguish often and mentally prepare - that is always a part of the process. The energy of color, with my bold expressionistic style of brushwork (often in acrylic and oils) aide me through the painting. It is important to know for an artist when the balance between creativity, color and complexity of the image is just right. Knowing this offers a challenge to the mind.  I also want to maintain a visual connection with my viewers and hope the images stand the test of time. In recent years my art has also extended to scratchboard drawing. It is very graphic, black and white to the core, and in its modernity has an appealing side. Addition of color to scratchboard extends its boundaries. It has revealed a playful side to my art, whimsical yet thoughtful and unique.  I visualize that my Children Series of Scratchboard Art is seen as real art that children grow up with thereby beginning an early appreciation of life with art.  I invite you into my world. BIOGRAPHY Born in Calcutta, India, in 1950, Kitty Parakh has always felt a special connection with the fine arts.  Her maternal grandfather was a sculptor in his own right and she grew up demonstrating an aptitude for artistic expression. Despite this, family took precedence, and she took to art again after she moved to the United States in 1988. She received her M.A. in Fine Arts from Marshall University, Huntington, WV. Her advisor, Stanley Sporny is a well known landscapist and professor. During her stay in Charleston, WV, she exhibited in several group and juried shows in the states of West Virginia and Kentucky including the Sunrise Museum at Charleston, WV, the Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center at Wheeling WV and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History at Charleston. In 1998, she had a solo exhibition in the Sunrise Museum’s Annex, Charleston, WV. In 2001, she moved to New Orleans and has since participated in many group showings with the New Orleans Arts Association, the New Orleans West Bank Art Guild and the BECA Gallery. Her work was represented by the Agora Gallery and Galerie Royale, New Orleans. Currently she focuses on direct sales from her studio and works on commissions. She was Vice President of the Allied Artists of West Virginia (2000-2001) and Secretary of Main St. Studio in Hurricane, WV. Membership included the National League of American Women, Inc. (Washington, DC), the New Orleans Arts Association and the New Orleans West Bank Art Guild. Her art visually depicts strong symbolical representations, abstractions with emphasis on color.

RESUME

Juried Exhibits of Recent Works

· Multi Media National Exhibit, Union Art Gallery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 2005 · Art with a Southern Drawl, University of Alabama, Mobil, AL 2004 · St. Mary Arts & Humanities Council, LA  2004 1st Place Mixed Media · Morgan City Art Show, Morgan City, LA 2003 1st Place Mixed Media (Juror Rene Ghirardi) · Artists Guild Unlimited, Morgan City, LA 2003 2nd Place Mixed Media, 3rd Place Oils (Juror Sara Parker) · Slidell Art League,  41st Regional Juried Exhibition (Juror Susan Brunner) Slidell, LA 2003 · Terrybone Fine Arts Guild, Houma, LA 2003 Creative Award & Merit Awards. · West Bank Art Guild, New Orleans, LA 2003, 2002 First, Second places. · Crescent City Brewhouse, West Bank Guild, New Orleans, LA 2003 · Cardinal Valley Show,  Ashland, KY  2000, 1999 and 1995 with Merit Awards · Allied Artists Exhibit,  Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV  1998 · The Town House Gallery Show,  Sistersville, WV  1998 & 1996 · The Juried Show at the Cultural Center,  Charleston, WV  1997 · Crosscurrents, Wheeling, WV  1997

Private Exhibitions

· Ochsner Art Foundation, New Orleans, LA – 2004, 2011 · House of Ruth, St. Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA - 2010 · BECA Gallery, Private Group Show, New Orleans, LA - 2009 · Chairish the Children, Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, LA - 2005 · Solo Exhibit, Galerie Royale, New Orleans, LA – 2004 · Private Group Show: La Petite XI, Alder Gallery – Coburg, OR – 2004 · Private Group Show: Abstractions – New Orleans, LA - 2003 · Neutral Grounds Coffee House, New Orleans, LA - 2002 · Tamarack, David L. Dickirson Gallery, Beckley, WV - 2001, 1999 · Main Street Studio,  Hurricane, WV - 2000, 1999 · University of Charleston,  Charleston, WV - 2000, 1998 · Sunrise Downtown at Bank One,  Charleston,  WV - 2000, 1998 (solo exhibitions) · Carnegie Hall,  Lewisberg, WV - 2000, 1998 · Marshall University,  Huntington, WV - 1997 · Roger Lucas Gallery,  Charleston, WV - 1998, 1997 · One Valley Bank,  Charleston, WV - 1998

Featured solo on New Orleans R’Tist Revue TV, June 2013

Prior representation in New Orleans, LA by Galerie Royale and Agora Gallery, now focused on direct Studio sales and private commissions

Experience

· Workshop in Argenton Chateau, France with Timothy Stotz, 2011 · Workshops with Jack Beal, Shirley Campbell, Frank Webb, Alex Powers, Al Stine, Auseklis Ozols and Carol Peebles · Encaustic workshop with Paula Roland, Santa Fe NM 2008 · Taught 5 day workshop Exploration of the Abstract for St. Charles Parish Art Guild - 2006 · Art Instructor at Holtz Elementary School

Professional Membership (Past and Present)

· Allied Artists of West Virginia. (Vice President 2000-1) · Tri-State Art Society, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky · Main Street Studio, Hurricane WV (Secretary 1998-2001) · The National League of American Pen Women, Inc. Washington, DC · Artina – Westbank, New Orleans · West Bank Art Guild, New Orleans · New Orleans Arts Association · New Orleans Arts Council · Cider Painters of America (miniature art)

Education

· 1997  MA Fine Arts (painting major) - Marshall University, Huntington, WV. · 1994  BA Fine Arts - WV State College. · 1984  MA English Literature - Bhopal University, Bhopal, India. · 1970  BA (Honors) Education – Calcutta University, Calcutta, India.