Size: 18"W x 24"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2018
This painting fits into standard 18" x 24" open back frames.
It is three dimensional-- real bangles were cut and glued onto the painting near the flower seller's hands. I used gold and silver paint to depict her ornaments including her earrings, mangalsutra and glasses.
I met her selling flowers in front of a temple in Karnataka, India.
In creating this painting, I was curious about old and new-- what artifacts of traditional culture we chose to maintain-- such as her bindi, bangles, sari and mangalsutra in contrast with what aspects of modern living we let enter our daily life, such as her glasses, and the plastic bag on the lower right corner of the painting.
I found repeating patterns to be especially characteristic of India while painting this. These can be found in her sari, the iron gate and the tiles.
Shreya Soni is an emerging artist with international roots that can be traced throughout her artwork. Shreya shares her love of her birthplace in India, and experiences around the world including Bahrain, the United States, Nicaragua, South Africa and Mozambique in the stories of her artwork. Shreya won the People's Choice Award from the Fairfax Art League three months in a row in 2014. In 2008, Shreya was a recipient of the Uphoff scholarship for her series on Shakespeare in Washington D.C., as well as winning Scholastic Gold Portfolio Award and a Congressional Medal. Eleven of her paintings are currently on display at Busboys and Poets Shirlington location in Arlington, Virginia. She also has artwork hanging at Sun & Moon Yoga Studio and Old Town Hall Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia and Pinnacle Offices in Bethesda, Maryland. Shreya was president of the Art Student's Society at the University of Virginia, mobilizing the student body for two showcases spanning performance arts and visual arts. Learn more about Shreya on her website shreyapaintsor follow her to see how she grows by clicking like on her page on Facebook: facebook.com/shreyapaints