Milburn Cherian presents her second solo exhibition in New Delhi titled- ‘Living between the Times 2020’ which opens on March 1 at Visual Arts Gallery.
The exhibition will showcase 80 works that seem to bridge many gaps through the gospel and talk to us about the unity of man and his many ways.
Each painting is like a lesson in art history conceived as sacred art, and the beautiful metaphor of the working spider takes on the appearance of a parable, says art critic Uma Nair.
About her work, Milburn Cherian says, “In an otherwise photographically real world, painting to me is an expression of my way of seeing things”.
With no formal training in painting, Mumbai born artist Milburn Cherian had to depend on her comprehensive communication course from the National Institute of Design (NID) located in Ahmedabad, India for the basics of art and aesthetics.
Before the NID course, she had done a course in textile history and design at the Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai, which she says, "was my launching pad into the world of art".
Her works are teeming with people. The average size is around 14x12 inches, while some, for instance, Tsunami, Sienna Earth and The Healing, spread out to 61 inches.
Besides painting, Milburn has also done charity work by donating her paintings to charities and to organisations such as Parkinson’s disease Foundation, Cancer Patients Society, Khushi, SOS Villages in India and Save the Children Foundation.
Salvador Dali, master of Surrealism, Heironymous Bosch and the German Romantic Caspar David Fredrich have influenced her style. Although Cherian takes inspiration from nature, and reality, on canvas you find only an interpretation of that reality. While in her initial paintings she tended to use softer colours, almost pastels in fact, in this show she switches to earthy colours and even chrome, browns and mauves to create a rich prism of shades.