His is a face known to those who have visited the annual Chandigarh Carnival and Street Art Festivals, where Ravinder Sharma gives free demonstrations to people of all ages.
Perhaps, better known is his knack for creating magic on paper with humble tools, such as a piece of broken oil pastel.
Ravinder Sharma interacting with a visitor at his exhibition depicting Lord Shiva at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday. The exhibition is on till Friday.
Shar ma, a professor at Government College of Art, Sector 10, believes that art is not limited by the media or tools used. It is the result of freedom of thought. His ideology is reflected in his work, currently on display at Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10.
The collection ‘Antaryatra’, which celebrates 25 years of the artist’s devotion towards Lord Shiva, comprises acrylics, watercolours and collages.
These depict Lord Shiva in various forms and moods, and many are characterised by seemingly formless textures that take the shape of a human face, animal or other objects with some concentration. The soothing, mostly blue-based, canvasses resulting from the artist’s meditation draw one in.
“The focus is on textures and concept,” says Sharma. “I have used simple tools like card and plastic wrap to create textures. The designs were not preplanned, and the paintings took form as the thoughts flowed.”
Interacting with visitors, the artist elaborates about the process, including the materials used, his thought process, and the techniques. A distinctive technique, used in most of the paintings, is the use of plastic wrap to create textures.
“Patience and freedom are key to creating true art. One has to build on layers and try different techniques. For this, one has to let go of fear and stress,” he adds, adding that being a teacher, he feels blessed to share his experience and his work with others.
The exhibition, dedicated to the artist’s mother, is on till Friday.