Mahesh Sharma (b Jammu 1963) was attracted towards art from his childhood. He was guided by his teachers and encouraged by his mother during school days. He graduated in mechanical engineering from NIT, Kashmir. In 1984 he joined Triveni Kala Sangam where noted artistes guided young talent through short term courses. Through his college years, he was associated with Spic Macay, College Photographic and the Drama clubs experiencing various forms of creative expression. Print making attracted him and he learnt serigraphy in his home town Jammu. The turning point in his artistic journey was his initiation by his spiritual master (Guru) in the year 2004 bringing a new dimension to his art.
His paintings are inspired greatly from nature. He paints through his imagination and from memory of his experiences. Although he has left printmaking, yet its tools subconsciously influence the way his works are developed. In the pages here, one may see the various styles and practices the artist developed in the last few years; each one being unique in treatment and outcome. He has moved from realism to abstract and now to semi realistic works enriching his palette and canvasses.
He has been painting actively since the year 2006. His works have been selected for participation in the Annual State Art Exhibitions of the Jammu & Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in the years 2008-09, 2009.-10, 2010–11, 2012-13. He has participated in the India Art Festivals in the years 2016 and also in 2017 when he was represented by Galerie Art Eterne. He has organized and partcipated in shows displaying his works in the Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi), AIFACS (Confluence ’16 and ’18), Artizen Art Gallery (Pearey Lal Bhawan), Shanta Art Gallery, Art Junction, The Lalit Hotel, the Janpath Subway (art at public places organized by NDMC), Literature Fest at Noida Golf Club, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and other noted spaces in Delhi.
He has attended several art camps; notable among them are Lagoons and Canvasses Art Camp organized by Lalit Kala Akademi Lakshadweep at the Bangaram Island Resort 2018, Art camps held by the NDMC at the Garden of Five Senses, Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi. He is also participating during covid times in online art discussions and several online art camps in the recent past recent being organized by the Bhartiya Kala Vichar Manch. He was invited by the West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCCC), Ministry of Culture, Udaipur to an art camp celebrating ‘India @ 75’.
His works are in the collection of Lalit Kala Akademi Lakshadweep, private collections in India and USA.
His preferred media are Acrylic on Paper/ Canvas, Water colours/ Ink on paper, Mixed Media.
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more
― George Gordon Byron
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