Komal Madar is a British Indian painter and mixed-media artist working in her West London art studio in Perivale. She studied at the Byam Shaw School of art (2007-8), The University of Reading BA, Fine Art (2003-7) and Central St Martins (2002-3).
Her indian heritage profoundly influenced her approach to painting, using references from Indian music, culture, religion and textiles; which led her to begin experimenting with unconventional techniques, and subject matter. Madar’s works consist of layers of paint, Holi and Rangoli powders, glitter, collage, heavily textured impasto, straw, and textiles. Using heavily decorative and intricate patterns and wild mark-making techniques, she explores widely diverse themes, including spirituality, concepts and mythology in Hinduism, sacred ideals, identity, Tantric paintings (Rajasthan), self-awareness and nature.
"I want the viewer to go on a journey that not only evokes an emotion but one that offers an insight into my own subconscious and interest in ideas around transcendence. I want the freedom to explore my identity and expressions without boundaries.”
Madar curated her first solo exhibition (Visions of Colour) in partnership with Hyatt Place Hotel in West London Hayes (April 2018); showcasing a large collection of her work including paintings featured in world leading publications like Vogue, House and Garden, and The World of Interiors. She was also commissioned to create a painting for a public space on a funded project (Our Hayes Our Heritage, 2018). Madar has been a twice-shortlisted artist at La Galleria Pall Mall for the Royal Arts Prize exhibition in London and the Art Rooms exhibition in Rome.
Her on-going exploratory investigation of materials and tactile experience is central to her process. Her studio unveils her use of techniques, from flicking, scraping, splattering, and burning materials such as acrylics, oil, inks, fabric and plaster.
Madar’s Lost, Found, and Treasured collection reveals the new identity of reclaimed, salvaged items and celebrates them, including her love for incorporating fabric offcuts into her paintings. The variety of fabrics are an exquisite feast for the eyes; each piece telling a story.
Circles are a recurring theme in her work; Madar is drawn to their symbolic, cultural and religious associations including the Cosmic world, ideas around the cyclic universe, Chakras (wheel) and the natural world.
Her works can be explored and enjoyed within each categorised collection; Surface, Re-imagined landscapes, Natural World, Lost Found & Treasured, Śhakti- sanskrit for (power, energy, strength) and Dhyāna (meditation).