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Vinay Sharma



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SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
Contemporary Chronicles
 26th September 2005 - 7th October 2005
 Art Alive Gallery



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Statement

Painting for me started at an early age when I was a child and my first canvas emerged when I was about 16-17 years of age. Since then, painting has become synonymous with life for me. I paint because I exist. I exist because I paint. A certain emptiness persists till I take the brush and paint in hand and then things, shapes and lines emerge. I owe a lot to my village home where I grew up amongst festivals, rituals, tradition and of course, astrology. My father, grandfather and great grandfathers were pundits, well-versed astrologers. Astrology, as one knows, deals with planets, their movements, days and minutes and time as a whole. The impressions I inculcated as a child are indelible. They surface in my work as symbols. My recent series, Scenic Times Bygone, is about time which holds an important place in Indian culture, religion, philosophy and literature. My work in abstract form is centred around concepts and signs of life and earth. My process of creating a canvas is gradual. I like to use several media and paint on handmade old paper and materials. My whole life, the past, the ancestry, the handwriting of my father and grandfather are assimilated in my work. My canvas is old paper used for astrological scrolls and book keeping by my ancestors. To create multi-layered images, I use collage, print and traditional miniature painting in oil and watercolours. These merge well with handwritten calligraphy and markings on my paper. While making this series, I had a sense of being a witness to my own ancestry and continue to bring in different images, techniques and combinations in my paintings to infuse them with a new life.

Biography

Born 1965 in Jaipur, Vinay completed his Diploma in Painting from Rajasthan School of Arts, Jaipur in 1986 and did his Post Graduation in Graphics from Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in 1990. He has held 13 solo shows including Gallery of Contemporary Art in Poland during 1999; Hanover Galleries Liverpool in England and Talisin Arts Centre at Swansea University, UK in 1996; Hope Street Art Gallery at Liverpool, England in 1989. He has also participated in several group shows in India and abroad including Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Korea, Jaipur, New Delhi and Mumbai. He was given an Hounorable Mention by National Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 2000; Golden Jubilee of Indias Independence Award (Rajasthan) by AIFACS, New Delhi in 1997; All Rajasthan Drawing Award by Progressive Artists Group, Jaipur and All India Award for Print; Rajasthan State Award and Rajasthan State Student Award by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Akademi in 1991, 1987 and 1986 respectively and Rajasthan Kala Parishad Award in 1986. He lives and works in Jaipur, Rajasthan.


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