Rhea Dalal through her work has given archaeological moments a whole new meaning through her Ceramic paintings! When asked what defines her art work, she says, “I am an archaeologist by education and draw a lot of inspiration from the art of ancient man. I love using motifs from the great civilizations of the past like the Harappan.” She paints mainly on ceramics, but she also paints on fabrics, garments, wood, metal and any other surface that strikes her fancy. She is a woman of many talents. She is a marketing content writer and also runs a catering business with her husband. She is also actively involved in organizing workshops for The Gyan Tree.
Mugs with characters from the Harappan Script
Teacup and saucer with Madhubani Lotus motif
She seeks inspiration from no specific artist, since her main inspirations come from ‘the nameless artists of the past’. She says, “I look for motifs from rock art, from ancient pottery, I use ancient scripts, patterns and motifs from ancient Egypt – the choice is vast and rich indeed!”. She does follow some FB art pages, like АТЕЛИЕ РАЙЕ.
Folk art inspired Casserole
When asked about her favourite work, she quips, “My favourite is probably the silk sarees I’ve painted for friends and family. Apart from those are the archaeology inspired plates that I did for my husband who’s an archaeologist”. For every artist, getting people inspired to understand and appreciate art is a task. Rhea sums up her thoughts on this very articulately, “Having chosen an unusual medium to paint on I think I am promoting art and art history in my own small way. While I do paint the more middle of the road designs like flowers, etc., the archaeology and ancient art themed ones are hugely appreciated because people get to see and use a slice of history in their daily lives”.
Mug with a Shaman from the rock art caves at Bhimbetka, MP
Tea cups with abstract Chinese motifs
The resounding response to her Facebook page has been a memorable moment for her and now she is handling global orders and even wonders, if this alternate career should become her main career path! For all those who follow her and love her work, she intends to soon start workshops, in response to the numerous requests she has received.
Snack plates with dot patterns inspired from Austrian Aborigine art style
Do check out her Facebook page or mail her on firstname.lastname@example.org. Discover the euphoRhea-ic world where art and archaeology blends!