Rinal Parikh’s art reflects the heritage and vibrant culture of her native India.
Rinal is Bio-Chemist by profession and Artist by Passion. She draws on a childhood fascination with color and composition, portraying spontaneity and energy with saturated color in various media. “I believe in always improving myself, learning from every stage in life and from nature. I love incorporating several mediums into my art, and especially love Indian folk art.-Madhubani from Madhubani district, Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh, Warli from Maharashtra.”
The public is invited to the artist’s reception on Friday, April 6th, from 6 to 8 pm at Swarthmore Borough Hall. The event is free and open to the public, an opportunity to meet the artist that should not be missed.
Another chance to meet the artist – Rinal will also be discussing her art at her artist talk Wednesday, April 11th at 10am at Swarthmore Borough Hall.
Her subjects are influenced by life in India, and she studies the many different styles of Indian painting that vary from state to state: “Although they are from the same country,” she says, “they are very different from each other- I find it intriguing.” Rinal’s work has appeared in India in group exhibitions and on magazine covers. In the United States, she made her debut with a solo exhibit at The Creative Living Room in Swarthmore in 2009, and since than her work has been featured in many juried exhibits at venues like Demuth Art Museum, Rittenhouse Square Art Festival, Swarthmore Borough Hall, The Plastic club, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, Wallingford Community Arts Center, Mainline Art Center, Chester County Art Association, Art Association of Harrisburg to name the few. Rinal has won several awards for her work including Loos award for Works on Paper at The Philadelphia Sketch Club and 1st place award for watercolor at Art Association of Harrisburg to name the few. She does Artist talks for adults on Indian folk art and her modern take on them. Rinal’s work has been published in Magazine like Philadelphia Stories, 201, 2018 and fall issue of Rathalla Review, 2016. She teaches children’s and adult watercolor classes in Swarthmore. Rinal’s artwork are mainly found in Private collection in USA, Canada, Uruguay and India.
Rinal serves as a Treasurer for Swarthmore Friends of Arts, Board member at Wallingford Community Arts Center, Associate at Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artist (MCGOPA). Rinal is juried Professional Artist Member of Mainline Art Center. She is also co-chair for Dimensions in Art program at Swarthmore-Rutledge school in Swarthmore. Rinal holds artist memberships at Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Da vinci Art Alliance, Media Art Council, Chester County Art Association.
Exhibit hours are M-Th 9am – 8pm, Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 10am – 3pm, Sun 1 – 5pm.
Swarthmore Friends of the Arts is the community group responsible for the rotating art exhibits at Swarthmore Borough Hall. For information about Swarthmore Friends of the Arts visit www.swarthmorearts.org, or contact Skip Gosnell, Publicity Chair at 484-343-2728, firstname.lastname@example.org.