Veiled Presence

 

Paintings from this series represented the U.S. in India's Triennale and were exhibited at the National Gallery of art in Delhi.

 

On the 50th Anniversary of the sub-contienent from British rule, the series was exhibited at Parish Gallery In Washington, DC.

The 14 original paintings in the series of women ofthe Indian subcontinent,

includes Pakistan and

Bangladesh.

Veiled Presence #15 was painted during India's Triennale.

In their mostly colorful sari and while covered up, many women express their identity through their dress.

 The design and style of wrapping the sari vary regionally.

Veiled Presence #1
Veiled Presence #1

From Maharashtra, the deeply bronzed woman exudes sunshine.

Veiled Presence #2
Veiled Presence #2

In the Rajasthan Desert, a very unusual sari in design and style.

Veiled Presence #3
Veiled Presence #3

This sari's transparent panels allow glimpses of the wearer, and also allowed her to see out from behind her veil in Rajasthan.

Veiled Presence #4
Veiled Presence #4

In Delhi, the sunlight and shadows emphasize the flower design on the sari and the flowers in the background.

Veiled Presence #5
Veiled Presence #5

In the desert of Rajasthan, the dust and grit is kept out of the face and hair with the sari's veil.

Veiled Presence #6
Veiled Presence #6

The Ganges delta of green paddy fields and waterways is reflected in this sari worn by a Bangladeshi woman.

Veiled Presence #7
Veiled Presence #7

Proudly displaying her watch this woman of Rajasthan artfully covers her head to allow her to peek out through the transparency of the veil.

Veiled Presence #8
Veiled Presence #8

In Rajasthan, sun browned arms lifts her sari embellished with shining silver discs to allow conversation.

Veiled Presence #9
Veiled Presence #9

From Pakistan, the enveloping burqa makes a striking graphic shape.

Veiled Presence #10
Veiled Presence #10

In Maharashtra, saris are wrapped a little differently, emphasizing the designs of the cloth.

Veiled Presence #11
Veiled Presence #11

Sheer chiffon allow the wearer to look out, while protecting her from the tiny dust particles of the desert.

Veiled Presence #12
Veiled Presence #12

The sunlight of Kolkata and the sari merges the wearer in golden light.

Veiled Presence #13
Veiled Presence #13

The design on this sari in Delhi of a water carrier with her head covered has a very detailed background.

Veiled Presence #14
Veiled Presence #14

Colors and designs blend harmoniously in the sari of this Rajasthani woman.

Veiled Presence #15
Veiled Presence #15

Painted during India's Triennale at the Garhi Studios of Lalitkala Akademi.