Sheetal Gattani (born in 1968) is a Mumbai-based artist, recognised for her distinctive abstractionist works and stirring visual imagery. Gattani completed her Diploma in Art Education (1990) and Master of Fine Arts (1993) from the Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai. From her early days as a student, she challenged forms of representational art by developing an evocative and process-oriented approach that reflected her preoccupations with notions of formlessness and colourlessness. Her practice expresses a conscious disassociation from the self, resulting in a free form engagement with her mediums and materials.
Despite living in a city that teems with stimulants, both visual and aural, Gattani’s works offer a sense of quiet. Her earthy, minimalist paintings—devoid of discernible motifs—absorb viewers with their incredible depth, provoking an introspective experience. Her palette is inspired by spaces, materials, and the environment she occupies, and she applies numerous layers of paint to her surfaces, privileging textural and material explorations over specific forms or familiar structures. Working at fixed hours on a daily basis, Gattani’s practice relies on intensely focused, unremitting, and ritualised labour.
Sheetal’s work has been part off several exhibitions including Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai; Gallery Espace, New Delhi; Gallery Beyond, Mumbai; Jehangir Nicholsan Art Gallery and National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) Mumbai; Lakeeren Gallery at the British Council, Mumbai; Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi; Gallery Art Motif, New Delhi
The artist lives and works in Mumbai.
Her exhibit with us is a charcoal and dry pastel on paper.