Priyanka Aelay incorporates the rich forms and elements of Indian folk art into her works. On her canvas, age-old folk heritage is transformed and reanimated into something that is distinctly contemporary and wholly unique. The Hyderabad-based artist’s acrylic paintings unfold like charming, magic realist allegories filled with birds, beasts, animals, trees and flowers portrayed in bold, vibrant colours. The mythical, enchanted forest that she fleshes out is filled with intricate motifs, exquisite patterns and detailing and striking imagery. She seeks inspiration not just in folk art, but in nature, the environment and indigenous flora and fauna as well. Aelay’s art reflects the energy, momentum and simplicity of folk art, as well as the aesthetics and language of contemporary art.