Roses without Thorns
Symphony of the Libertine
"For me my models are my celebrities, my icons. They are people I find unique," says Jemisha Maadhavji. "I don't really think about the likeness when I’m painting them, it’s just a process of discovering who they are and how I see them and what they mean to me. This is what painting does: it discovers the subject through paint and that’s what I feel I’m doing when I am painting my subjects."
Jemisha Maadhavji is a figurative painter based in Leicester. She graduated with a 1st class degree in Fine Art from De Montfort University in 2018. She is not interested in painting people that everybody knows, or people who are already famous. Instead, her work explores individuals from different cultural backgrounds, personalities and genders through symbolism and narrative, following a poetic journey in which she searches for beauty. Her work is typified by bold bright colours and patterned fabric. Her paintings demonstrate a contrast between realism and expressionism, from thick textured paint to smooth delicate painting, allowing the viewer to feel the presence of the sitter.