Richa Vora is an award winning contemporary Indian artist, based in London. She is a figurative painter and specialises in Colourful Memoryscapes. She works mainly with oil paints, pastels and sometimes prefers working with mediums like Print and collage. Her subjects derive from her journeys and she creates narratives from her layered artworks.
Since moving to London in 2016 she has won prizes and participated in many group shows including New English Art Club, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and The British Art Prize. Currently Richa is exploring new possibilities whilst studying at The Art Academy, London weaving her journeys into her new artworks.
My colourful memoryscapes are the answers to a reoccurring question – What makes us?
This is a question that pervades my paintings as I record and illustrate my memories of different times and places in my life as layers within them.
I dig deeply into my own recollections and reminiscences and use this to produce an archive of intersecting memoryscapes. Each layered painting blends people with incidents from my journey, connecting them to my present. One can walk into these scapes and observe my imaginative world experiencing the blend of different times, atmospheres, textures, tastes, patterns and forms.
This cohesion, confluence, or attachment and detachment is a real mystery to me. One I can only untangle through painting. The images deconstruct the question – What makes us – by inviting the viewer to consider whether it is where they live, where they feel most whole, where they can connect with loved ones, or where they can rekindle memories. I believe whether we know it or not, our lives change with political and personal influences.
Because we share a common humanity, we can find similarities in our experiences even when coming from dramatically different places. Hence, my aim in these paintings is to speak a universal abstract language with the alliance of recognisable realism bringing organic unity to the narratives. The artworks are layered with my varied experiences from the natural world, geometry, classical music, symbols and folklores.
Please walk inside with the enthusiasm of a little seeker.