Miller IDS is proud to announce Meena Matai as our April 2019 Artist of the Month and we’re featuring her painting, “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans.” Influenced by the wildflowers of Texas, Matai hopes that the vibrant colors of her work encourages viewers to be positive, collaborate, and to nurture and support one another. This piece is particularly unique because of the playful use of texture in combination with her usual alcohol ink on canvas. At Miller, we were particularly intrigued with her ability to capture the revival of spring in Austin while focusing on collaboration and community support.
Born in India, Matai moved to the U.S. in 2001. Originally an electrical engineer, Matai’s true passion lay in art and painting. A cultivated talent, Matai took classes throughout her life to hone her craft. The unexpected loss of her father brought Matai face-to-face with the fragility of life and turned to art as more than a passion and instead to tell her own story. This storytelling approach makes her art accessible and relatable using grounding and engaging subject matter, color, and texture.
Matai’s technique uses alcohol inks blown through a straw onto yupo or canvas, which allows the vibrant colors to blend naturally. In the past year, she has introduced other elements such as texture. She notes that, “I arrange pieces to form exquisite patterns using pins, playing with light and shadow to convey messages of community and collaboration through art.” Specifically, Matai’s work plays with arrangements of color to create patterns that interact with light and shadows. “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” plays with texture as much as it plays with color. With this piece, Matai used a texturing paste to outline the flower petals and keep the colors together. Texture not only brings new elements to a painting, but functions to control the flow of inks on the canvas.
At Miller, we consider our connection with our customers and community to be of great importance and we love how Matai’s work emphasizes and focuses on the importance of interaction with those around you. Recently, Matai has had work featured in the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Art for the People, and many others.
In her own words, Matai said this about working with the Miller IDS Team: “I have worked with Dana Burton at Miller IDS for almost two years now and she always goes the extra mile for me. She always listens to my vision and does her magic to realize it into a finished product – be it fine art reproductions or notecards. The quality of the final product is beyond what I have seen anywhere else. To me, it’s important that when people buy a print of my artwork, they are getting something as close to the original as possible. Dana makes this possible…I recommend Miller IDS to all my artist friends for the quality, reliability and great customer service. Dana, thank you for all that you do.”
Thank you, Meena for those incredibly kind words and for your beautiful work. You can find “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” at either of our locations during April. You can contact Meena through her website at https://www.meenamatai.com/