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AWESOME Vinod Sharma’s work on display at Shridharani Gallery.
AWESOME Vinod Sharma’s work on display at Shridharani Gallery.

Vinod Sharma is back. This time with rocks and landscapes from Turkey, Switzerland and more.

The Shridharani Gallery is looking like a hill station these days. You enter here and it transports you to the lap of nature. You find yourself amidst stunning rocks with mysterious cuts and grooves, breathtaking mountains and serene sea, vast landscapes that stretch your imagination far and wide. The credit for this instant nature trip goes to Vinod Sharma, a well-known nature painter. As usual, the works are untitled, for he says he doesn’t want to limit the viewer’s opinion of his works. The exhibition, ‘Vagabond in Rockscapes’ is presented by Art Indus.

Sharma, who is synonymous with nature paintings, interestingly, was dissuaded from taking up art for a passion and profession by his artist parents. He recalls laughing, “Since both my parents went through a lot of struggle as artists, they tried their level best to make me a doctor! They would often tell me, ‘you will die starving. We survived because we were doing jobs also.’ They admitted me to a science course but I quit within a month and got enrolled to Delhi University’s art college. When I was in BFA third year in early 1970s, Lalit Kala bought one of my nature works for Rs.400! My joys knew no bounds. My teachers teased me saying, ‘now you are a rich and big man’. I still can’t compare that happiness to my works that sell for several lakhs today.”

Sharma is from the generation used to spending 15-18 hours on the actual locations to master their brush. Earlier, as a student of MS University, he used to do “window landscapes”. He freed himself from it soon after he passed his course. His detailing in landscapes comes from practice in graphics.

Sharing a secret

He recalls, “I took up graphics in my MS days. I owe my detailing ability to my guru Somnath Hore. He would make us spend hours in teaching etching, sketching, detailing and designing, etc. In the company of gurus like Rameshwar Broota and K.G. Subramanium I learnt a lot. It also helped me contribute to films as an art director. I did ‘Dhund – The Fog’. It may not have run successfully but its art work was widely appreciated in the countries where it was screened.”

Sharma has always been travelling to bring freshness to his landscapes. His works derive from his graphic memories from Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Italy, Turkey and so on. Being a veteran now, he doesn’t need to paint then and there. “I bring sketches and some basic forms and then develop in my studio. It needs a very sharp visualisation and graphic memory.”

Sharma, quite vary of artificial hike in art prices, also minces no words about art critics’ “writing in language that artists themselves don’t understand. They try to create distance between art lovers and the artists by creating a language barrier. I don’t approve of it”. His spectacular works are on view till Oct 13.

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