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.
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 then 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. Her work can be seen all year long at Mala Galleria, Kenneth Square. 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. Recently, Rinal’s work has been published in Magazine like Philadelphia Stories, 2015 and fall issue of Rathalla Review, 2016. She teaches children’s and adult watercolor classes in Swarthmore. Rinal’s artworks are mainly found in the Private collection in USA, Canada, and in 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 the Art program at Swarthmore-Rutledge school in Swarthmore. Rinal holds artist memberships at Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Davinci Art Alliance, Media Art Council, Chester County Art Association.
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.
My subject choices are directly influenced by my childhood memories in India. I also choose subjects that are based on my emotions, thoughts, and experience from day to day life. All in all, my work is a modern adaptation of the traditional Indian folk art. I enjoy portraying my subjects with intricate details to the extent that often times it is perceived as pen and ink work instead of gouache. Achieving this degree of details require using extremely fine point brush, for instance, a 000 brush.
I often use Kalamakari style to express my feelings through my paintings. Although it is very decorative style, the style requires using a limited color palette that includes red, black and one additional color. I enjoy this particular style as it involves a unique challenge in using the limited pallet.
Madhubani style is one of the most colorful styles of folk art that I use. I enjoy this style of folk art for portraying birds and other animals as it gives me the freedom to use as dynamic of a pallet as possible.