Gajraj by Hetal Mistry
A touch of style makes this framed artwork perfect for any room. Sits on tabletop or hangs on the wall. Gajraj means elephant in Hindi.
Material: illustration board, ink, acrylic paints, beads, ceramics
10 inches x 10 inches
“Ever since I was very young, I was fascinated by Meenakari work. Growing up I had an opportunity to learn this technique in a modern setting, where you use ceramic, plastic beads, and acrylic paints to recreate Meenakari work. Meenakari is not just confined to traditional jewelry but diversifies into more modern products, often with a copper base, including bowls, ashtrays, key chains, vases, spoons, figures of deities, and wall pieces.
Meenakari is the art of coloring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over brilliant colors that are decorated in an intricate design. Mina is the feminine form of Minoo in Persian, meaning heaven. Mina refers to the Azure color of heaven. The Iranian craftsmen of the Sasanied era invented this art and Mongols spread it to India and other countries. Gold has been used traditionally for Meenakari jewelry as it holds the enamel better, lasts longer and its luster brings out the colors of the enamels. Silver, a later introduction, is used for artifacts like boxes, bowls, spoons, and art pieces while Copper, which is used for handicraft products, was introduced only after the Gold Control Act, which compelled the Meenakars to look for a material other than gold, was enforced in India.”
Growing up in a small town in India, Hetal Mistry spent her childhood enjoying the picturesque town along the riverbanks of Ambica. Hetal has a keen eye for details and love for nature’s abstraction. After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts and advanced studies in illustrations and graphic designs, she spent her post-graduate years mastering traditional Indian art techniques - miniature paintings which are renowned in Rajasthan, India.
Migrating to America after marriage, Hetal has spent 15+ years as an accomplished artist in Princeton, New Jersey. She has had the opportunity to create her renditions of some of the historical sites in Princeton, including The Miller Chapel. Her solo exhibits at Erdman Art Gallery at Princeton Theological Seminary and in Lambertville have been well received by the media. Hetal has had the opportunity to exhibit at the Artexpo in New York and internationally in India.
Hetal's prayer is "that by capturing a ripple in the time one may realize that the world around us is the real masterpiece."
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