Starting his career as a theatre artist and a stage designer, Parekh went on to become the art Director at the Weaver’s Service Centre followed by Handicrafts and Handlooms Export Corporation of India as a Design Consultant before fully focusing on being a freelance artist.

As a third generation modernist and with over 60 years of his painting career, Parekh painted from his experience accrued from his life in Ahmedabad, Banaras, Kolkata and Delhi over the years and in different significant stages. Considering himself more of a physical painter who tried seeing beyond the rhetoric’s of a mere physical existence he captured the pulse of a place, its people, their emotions, daily mundane life, the nature with its blue ever changing sky to the light of the setting sun transforming a simple landscape giving it a surreal form.

His work ‘The Last Supper’ has elements of a play and shows the influence of his background in theatre. His series on Bhagalpore blinding, city of Banaras with its florescent skies and its fluid ghats, Kolkata with its colonial history, its people their pathos, the strong women forming the inherent backbone of the city, the feel of Delhi as something serene in contrast to this all found their representation as figurative abstraction in his canvases. The series of Early Works, Rituals and Abstract, Animals, Still Life, Heads and Banaras Landscapes is the embodiment of his work done through his expansive career.

Some of his strong geometric forms have come alive with blue, indigo, orange, red and purple; sometimes the earthy shades, sweeping brush strokes breathing life into his versatile oeuvres of work. All through he has celebrated polemics, the energetic link between man and nature, the inherent sexuality within these forms, which has exerted their tangible presence as a volatile energy in his paintings.

He received the Birla Academy of Art and Culture Award, Calcutta, 1971 & 1991,All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Award, 1972 & 1974, Silver Plaque of the President of India, 1972, National Art Award, Lalit Kala Academy, 1982, Padma Shri, Government of India, 1992.

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