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 Ajay Sharma 

An artist's dreams on display at Sans Tache

The artist at workAjay Sharma is a Baroda-based artist, who was born in Kharagpur, West Bengal. Sharma came to Baroda in 1991 to study painting. He completed his BFA and MFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda. Ajay Sharma's exhibition titled 'Cradle Dreams & Songs of Departure' is currently on at the Sans Tache Art Gallery in Worli, Mumbai. Besides attending various workshops and camps, such as the workshop on paper making by John Babcock in 1995 and the Camp at NCPA, Mumbai, conducted by Bhupen Khakhar and Nalini Malani in 1994, Sharma has also won the Lalit Kala Scholarship in Painting, Human Resource Ministry, New Delhi in 2000 and the Academy of Fine Arts Award, Calcutta in 1996.

Verses from a Love Lyric, Mixed Media on Paper 65.3 cm x 21cm. Artist Ajay 'Cradle Dreams & Songs of Departure' comprises oils on canvas, water colour and mixed media works. They include the abstract and intriguing 'Fragments from an Unfinished Letter (to Mother)', which has a dismembered limb hanging down the centre of the painting. It looks as though the limb is left hanging in mid air, just as the letter has been left incomplete. The shocking red paint and the images, seemingly unconnected and deliberately distorted, stand as a testament to the protagonist's state of mind.

Verses from a Love Lyric, Mixed Media on Paper 65.3 cm x 21cm. Artist Ajay Such works as 'Tragedy of a House Builder / The Allegory of Expulsion from Paradise' and 'Prelude / The Nakedness of true love' use Biblical themes to convey the artist's ideas. These paintings are dark, gloomy and brooding, and reveal the working of the mind. 'Verses from a Love Lyric' juxtaposes differing, yet interlinked images together. These include the image of the fallen angel, a burning lamp and moths or butterflies in nature.

Ajay Sharma gives us a clue to understanding some of his work, when he says, "Within those who search, insecurity builds its permanent nest. Through my paintings I record phases of the journey with its uncertainties and the sense of wonder that it can also bring."

The exhibition will be on till February 7th, 2001.

Cradle Dreams & Songs of Departure, Paintings by Ajay Sharma, 12th January, 2001 to 7th February, 2001

Sans Tache Art Gallery, Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Road, Worli, Mumbai - 400 018

Phone: 493 5050 / 492 4341

By : Patrick Coelho

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