Malika GHOSH Garrett |
Born in Calcutta, India, Malika Ghosh Garrett received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Visual Arts from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. Malika has enjoyed her love of painting and creative expression since she was a child.
Malika’s approach to her work is very instinctive and she is constantly experimenting. She uses the palette knife as her primary tool to paint and her sole medium is oil. Malika’s primary subjects are the simple everyday lives of rural India and its people. She photographs her subjects during her travels to her native home in India. Her paintings speak of her desire for human connection and her meetings with some wonderful and resilient people. Her work is about bright colors and many of her subjects are from the alluring desert region of Rajasthan, making her work full of vibrant yellows, reds, greens and bright pinks. Candid images and powerful memories are the essence of the artist’s works. Malika thinks in color and believes in artist Renoirs words when he said “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world!” Her work is a mix of modernism and abstract expressionism rooted in Indian tradition.
Malika is also an aspired writer and has a successful 25-year corporate career in sales and marketing. She has been a featured speaker at Schools and Universities around the world including Wesleyan College in Macon and the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta. Malika is committed to pursue her passion and love for painting and manages her family, business and art career well.
Malika lives and works out of her Alpharetta, GA studio and home. On her creative process, Malika explains,”The images on my paintings come mostly from my personal experiences and I try and reveal what I have seen. Joy expresses itself in the form of bold colors. With my art, I celebrate life and experience quiet power, tranquility and purpose.”
Malika’s work is part of many private collections in India, Singapore, UK, Australia, China and USA. Malika was the first South Asian artist to have a solo exhibit at the prestigious Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta in August 2004. She has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, Mercedes Momentum Magazine, Khabar Magazine, Rivaaj Magazine, East West Woman Magazine, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Alpharetta/Roswell Review and has appeared on Fox 5 WAGA-Good Day Atlanta and UPN 69-Focus Atlanta and CBS Insider.
Through the power of the Internet, Malika also continues to establish herself as an influential source in the world of social media. Her growing visibility gets a huge boost by one of her most visible connections with media mogul & philanthropist Oprah Winfrey...a relationship born on Twitter! In a continued effort to learn, teach and inspire she reminds us everyday to open our hearts and let the love and energy from the world fill us up. Because it’s when your own open heart overflows that you realize how capable you are of changing the world and making it better because you are here!
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