Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Supremacy"....Contemporary figurative painting by Manisha Vedpathak

I totally enjoyed this painting. Right from the composition 
to the color combination to the finishing touches.

Two male and female figures from Royal family are portrayed 
in an abstract style.Male figure with large gold bead necklace and
golden band on the forehead, is the tribal chief. I always 
love the way the African ladies wear their headgear. You will find 
them in several of my paintings. There are the Adinkra symbols
that are related to Royalty.
The circle in the center is called "Adinkrahene", which is
chief of all Adinkra symbols and symbolizes greatness, leadership.
The symbol "Gye Nyame" which is showed halfway in a rectangular
 shape shows the supremacy of God, that no one is above God.

In the upper right corner below the circle in green color is the design
 of "Kente" cloth. Kente cloth is woven in bright, narrow strips with
 complex patterns; it's usually made from cotton and is always 
woven outdoors, exclusively by men.Kente cloth is a festive cloth
and is traditionally worn during the festivals and the religious occasions.

Upper right and left corners are the umbrellas. During the festivals ,
tribal chiefs and Queen mothers are shaded with these traditional umbrellas.
These all are combined with some geometrical shapes used in textile designs.

There is a lot to see in this painting .Hope you  enjoy this painting as much as I enjoyed.

Acrylic on canvas, 27.5"X50"


  1. Hi Manisha. Your last two paintings are magnificent! Thank you for talking about the symbols in this painting. I wish I could see it face to face to see your brushstrokes etc. Lovely work. xo Carole

    1. Thank you Carole. I am glad you liked my paintings.