Artist VINOD SHARMA
Magnetism in art.
graduate in painting from Delhi College of Art, followed by a masters in Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, Sharma has held scores of solo and group exhibitions, both in India and abroad over the past four decades and been a recipient of numerous awards including from the Sahitya Kala Parishad. Whilst his journey in contemporary Indian art has been on the one hand constant in style, it has on another been a continuous process of creation and re-creation in form. Sharma’s liking for borderlessness, hence, is seen to find its voice in his method as well. Every time one visits his canvases the process of understanding continues and new meanings transpire.
Standing amidst his work is like experiencing a gust of fresh mountain air. You can feel the mist descend, you can feel the snowcapped mountains looking you back in the eye, and you can feel the chill of the semi-frozen lake atop a mountain range...the strokes, the illusion of depth and the play of colours are uncompromising and true to reality.
Each of his works creates a stir, a flutter in the heart, a yearning to stand long and still among the mountains from which the mist is continually lifting off and fall captive to its never ending charm.
Excerpts from his interview:
Why do you paint? I just paint for the sheer joy of it. There is no other reason behind my delineations. There are no moral lessons. No deep revelations from my side. It is only personal joy.
From your paintings one can see your love for mountains, landscapes and rocks. Why have you chosen them?
Nature is a great inspiration for me. Whenever I travel, I never take any pictures or refer to any photograph. The beauty of nature remains in my sub-conscious which motivates me to paint different landscapes. I capture the icy and rocky landscapes in an impressionistic tradition. I feel and experience nature and then produce the images that my mind creates. My brush-strokes make my landscapes unique. These strokes have both fluid grace and power. I recreate seascapes, mountainscapes, desertscapes as real; yet they feel unusual and transient. My landscapes have a magnetism that makes my every work unique. Creating the illusion as reality is my art. The artist has to think one step ahead. Our job is to create something new, something innovative all the time and then perfection comes easily.
What do you feel when you paint a mountain?
Every mountain has a story to tell, in fact each has many stories to tell. My mountains are not all grey and sombre blue despite all the silence that is portrayed. They take deep lively colours. They live in the oranges, blues and greens one lavishly bathes them in.