Meera Palia

Meera Palia

London, United Kingdom

About Meera Palia

I am a largely self-taught abstract expressionist painter and collage artist based in London. I have always been attracted to spontaneity in art forms and love to create art that feels ‘free’ and made ‘in the moment’. My paintings are therefore unplanned and evolve out of the colours, textures, marks and moods that emerge throughout the process. I am aiming for the painting equivalent of a jazz jam or a flamenco improvisation rather than a polished composition/choreography!

I love the rhythmic, gestural, physical act of painting- when it feels like my hand is freestyle dancing- and will often paint to music. Although I have a mixed media approach, I work mostly with acrylics and love to experiment with building up and scratching away different layers of paint to reveal those underneath.

Painting feels like an enquiry, a dialogue with the unknown. Sometimes more recognisable ‘forms’ such as figures or landscapes start to emerge. Sometimes they do not. It is this sense of the unexpected and endless possibilities for reinvention that I find so compelling.

Education

Large-scale and Colour Abstract Painting- City Lit, London (April 2019)

Abstract Painting- Mary Ward Centre, London (Jan-March 2019)

Collage & Mixed Media- City Lit, London (July 2018)

Expressive Painting, Central St Martins Summer School, London (Aug 2011)

Introduction to Abstract Painting, Morley College, London (2010)

PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, University of Brighton (2006-7)

MA in Social & Political Thought, University of Sussex (2004-5)

BSocSc in Media, Culture & Society, University of Birmingham (1996-99)

Events

Current/Upcoming:

The Other Art Fair, London Kings Cross, July 1-4th 2021

Every Woman Biennial, 'My Love is Your Love' Salon Exhibition, Copeland Gallery, Peckham, London, 2nd-9th July 2021

The Other Art Fair- London Virtual Edition, 6th- 11th July 2021

Blue House Yard Art Market, London (June 13th, July 11th, Sep 12th & Dec 12th 2021)

Katmapped, 'Jungle', Online group exhibition, Spring 2021

Artists Walk, Alexandra Palace, London, July -Sep 2021

Exhibitions

Previous:

The Holy Art Gallery, 'Facade' group exhibition, Hackney, London (24th-28th April 2021)

The Holy Art Gallery, 'Dreamers', Virtual group exhibition (14th - 20th April 2021)

Candid Arts Trust Gallery, Islington, London (11th-20th Dec 2020 & continued 22nd April - 16th May 2021)

Blue House Yard Art Market, Haringey, London (Aug & Dec 2020, April & May 2021)

Artists Walk, Window Exhibition, North London (14th Nov - 14th Dec)

Boomer Gallery, 'Eternal' Group Exhibition, East London (23-29th Oct 2020)

A WAY Online Art Gallery, 'The Collective' group online exhibition (Aug 7th- Sep 6th 2020)

Exhibithere’s 'Art Maze' group exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London (Nov 2019)

New Artist Fair, Old Truman Brewery, London (Sep 2019)

Blighty Coffee Shop, Finsbury Park, London (March-June 2015)

Morley Gallery, Student Group Show, London (May 2010)