Meera Palia

Meera Palia

I am a largely self-taught abstract expressionist artist based in North London. My paintings are unplanned, evolving out of the colours, textures, marks and moods that emerge throughout the process and whatever emotions or thoughts I am carrying with me at the time. Working mainly in acrylics but with a mixed media approach, I am aiming for the painting equivalent of a jazz jam or a flamenco improvisation, prioritising spontaneity, authenticity and freedom in mark-making over achieving a polished composition/choreographed act.

Inspired by the rhythmic, gestural, physical act of painting -when it feels like my hand is freestyle dancing- I will often paint to music, bringing its energy into my work. My approach is playful and experimental and I enjoy being surprised by what happens in front of me. Painting feels like an enquiry, a dialogue with the unknown, and I see each piece as a unique event. Recognisable ‘forms’ such as figures or landscapes may or may not emerge and it is this sense of the unexpected that I find so compelling.

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