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Dileep Sharma



Education  1998 Master of Fine Arts (Print Making), Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai 1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Rajasthan School of Art, Jaipur    Exhibitions  2010 'Kunwarji's Ground', Bose Pacia, Kolkata 2009 'Theatre of Libido', Space 355, Tokyo 2008 'Kunwarji's Fantasy', International Traveling Show at Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo 2008 'Asia Belt', and 'Kunwarji', Seoul International Print, Photo Art Fair-08,07, Hangaram Museum, Seoul Arts Centre, Korea 2007 ‘Crazy Stills’, Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai and The Gallery in Cork Street, London 2007 ‘Kunwarji’s Muses’, Articullate Gallery, Mumbai 2004 ‘Kunwarji on Paper’, Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi and Chennai, organized by Apparao Galleries 2003 ‘Modeling the Tattoo’, Jehangir Art Gallery, organized by Gallery Beyond, Mumbai 2002 ‘Flash Back’, Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur 1999 ‘Parchaaiyan’, Prithvi Gallery, Mumbai and Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur Group Exhibitions 2012 'Angkor Wat: An Indian Perspective', Gallery Art and Soul, Mumbai 2012 'Aqua', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai 2011 'Icons in Our Midst', Artspeaks India, New Delhi 2010 'Three Painters', Nature Morte, New Delhi 2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai 2010 'The Evolution of the Species', Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai 2010 'India Rising: Tradition Meets Modernity', presented by Ati Art Gallery at Varya, New Delhi 2008-09 'Nature of the City', Religare Arts Initiative, New Delhi 2008-09 'Popular Reality', The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi; Jam Jar, Dubai; Clark House, Mumbai 2008 'Moscow to Mumbai', Eugene Gallery, Seoul 2008 'The Sun Rises In The East: Contemporary Art From India', Kala Gallery / Gallerie Christian Hosp, Austria 2008 'Indiavata', Gallery Sun Contemporary, Korea 2008 'Beyond Boundries', presented by Arushi Arts, New Delhi and Visual Arts, London at The Gallery in Cork Street, London 2008 'Live Wires', presented by Art Konsult & Mon Art Gallerie at Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong 2008 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai 2008 'Inside Out and Outside In', organized by Jaipur Virasat Foundation 2007 ‘Indian Color’, Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Korea 2007 'Cool 5', Lansdown Gallery, Mumbai 2007 ‘The Art Expo 2007’, Birla Art International, Inc., New York 2006 ‘Hybrid Trend’, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, organized by Seoul Art Centre and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2006 ‘Rock’, Gallery Art Resource, Kitab Mahal, Mumbai 2006 ‘Impression of India’, organized by Pasel Art Gallery, Singapore 2006 ‘SpanDan- The Vibration’, Articullate Gallery, Mumbai 2005 ‘Present-Future’, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai 2005 ‘The Quotable Stencil-II’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 2005 ‘Creative Collaboration’, Kitab Mahal, Mumbai 2005 ‘Color Therapy’, ITC’s Wills Lifestyle and Jamaat Art Gallery, Mumbai 2003 ‘Light Hearted’, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai 2003 ‘Mumbai – Glasgow’, National and International Traveling Print Exhibition, Cymroza Art Gallery and British Council, Mumbai 2003 ‘IIFA Show’, Tao Art Gallery in association with Times Group and CNBC, Mumbai 2003 ‘A Transitions of Icons’, Kala Ghoda Art Festival, organized by Saffronart.com, Mumbai 2001 ‘Edinburgh International Festival’, Glasgow Print Studio Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland 2001 ‘Gallery –III’, Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland, UK 2001 ‘For Our Kids’, Stories of My Childhood, Jammat Art Gallery, Mumbai 2000 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2000 ‘The Miniature Format Show’, Sant Tache Art Gallery, Mumbai 2000 ‘Graphic Expressions’, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai 2000 ‘Print Exhibition’, Atelier-2221 Art Gallery, New Delhi 1997 ‘Colors of Rajasthan’, organized by Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur    Participations 2011 'Take 2', Arushi Art Gallery, New Delhi 2009 'The Miniature Format Show', Sans Tache Gallery, Mumbai 2008 Singapore Art Fair presented by Gallery Sun Contemporary, Singapore 2008 ART HK-08 presented by Keumsan Gallery, Hong Kong 2008 KAIF-08 presented by Keumsan Gallery, South Korea 2008 'EnGendered', A South Asian Multidisciplinary Arts Festival, Lincoln Center, New York 2008 'Harvest 2008', organized by Arushi Arts at The Stainless Gallery, New Delhi 2008 Miniature Format Show, Sans Tache, Mumbai 2006,1998 Printmaking Workshop of the Senior Artist, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal 2005 National Graphic Workshop, West Zone Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Udaipur 2005 ‘Tokyo International Mini-print Triennial 2005’, organized by Tama University 2003 Print Making Workshop, Rajasthan School of Art, Jaipur 2002 All India Print Making Workshop, organized by AFFA in collaboration with Jawahar Kala Kendra (JKK), Jaipur 2002 Invitee at 10th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2001 Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland, UK 2000,1996 International Multimedia Print Making Workshop, J.J. School of Art, organized by British Council & Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai 2000 Viscosity Workshop organized, Raheja School of Art, Mumbai 1996 All India Painting Workshop, North Zone Cultural Centre, Patiala 1995 Zonal Serigraphy Workshop, West Zone Culture Centre, Udaipur Honours and Awards 2008 'Asia Belt', Seoul International Print, Photo Art Fair 2008 at Seoul Art Center, Korea 2004 Honorable Mention Award, 6th International Biennial of Print, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal 2002 Awarded by National Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in 10th Kala Mela, Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur 2002,1999 Co Merit Certificate, 5th & 4th Kochi International Triennial Exhibition of Prints, Kochi, Japanlors 2001 ‘Artist Residency’, at Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland, UK 2001 ‘Bendre - Husain Scholarship’, Bombay Art Society, Mumbai 2000 Scholarship by National Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2002,1998 All India Award, Art Society of India, Mumbai 1999,97 All India Award, South Central Zone Cultural Center (SCZCC), Nagpur 1998 State Award, Maharashtra 1998 State Award, Lalit Kala Academy, Rajasthan, Jaipur 1998,97 Merit Scholarship, Lalit Kala Academy, Rajasthan, Jaipur 1998,97 Annual Award, Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai 1997 All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (AIFACS) New Delhi Scholarship on 50th yr. of Independence, Maharashtra Through the graphic medium, he elaborately keeps translating his experiences of object, subject, people, cultures, customs and traditions, periods and circumstantial emotions, on the various pieces of plate in which lie his intricate thoughts. During this process, he confronts elements, which do not identify themselves until they start appearing on his plate. He finds the entire process of printmaking extremely engaging and refreshing. He says, "I always tend to get deeply involved in it with great zeal. New works introduce me to novel new thoughts which, when celebrated through the medium of print on paper, form new relations, thus introducing me to a visual self-portrait which I was earlier unaware of. "I realize that, whenever I express my thoughts through this technique, I begin to know myself better and self-realization becomes intense. Just as the image of a person, place or culture, reveals a clearer picture after a few more transactions, similarly I put the plate in the mordant after drawing on it, remaining curious of the results. Meanwhile, the graphic and mordant astonish me with a dialogue they seem to have with each other. It is this, which leads to self-satisfaction!" For him, the accomplishment of self-portrayal becomes an integral part of self-realization, enabling to experience the emotional facets inside him, which change with time and circumstances. In this way he has attempted to project a complete picture of 'myself by including these reflections in my self-portraits.' The motifs in his work stand out as similes of his experiences of the place I belong to, further juxtaposed with his contemporary existence in an urban setting. This promising printmaker, was part of the Mumbai-Glasgow print Exhibition held jointly by Cymroza Art Gallery and the British Council in mid-2003. He narrated the transition of his life from one place to another, from one stage of life to the next. Dileep Sharma's watercolors on paper were on view at Jehangir Art Gallery in September 2003. His very choice of 'Tattoo' for the new collection exposes the drama the media creates in the minds of youngsters who are in awe of glamour. The artist here hopes to make a point about tattooing that has been a part of our culture since centuries, but has acquired status as a fashion accessory only recently. Two essentials in Dileep Sharma's new body of work are role-playing and gaming. The artist is sole protagonist of his own narratives, although the protagonist might necessarily be like him at all! To the artist playing a role as a character is not restricted to the work but must be simulated 'within your lifestyle.' He quips to say, "There is no point in drawing a lonely romantic unless you are one." The role-playing apart, the gaming is however much restricted to the choice of motifs and symbols. With 'Tattoo', the artist enters a 'new game' that he plays with his own imagery. He would draw a figure in one work with images from his previous works tattooed onto it. The next work however would see the same image figure as a tattoo on another composition. To him this creates a never-ending continuum.

Dileep Sharma

    • Lives and Works :
    • Mumbai
    • Education :
    • M.F.A from Sir J.J school of art , Mumbai


Artist Statement

Through the graphic medium, he elaborately keeps translating his experiences of object, subject, people, cultures, customs and traditions, periods and circumstantial emotions, on the various pieces of plate in which lie his intricate thoughts. During this process, he confronts elements, which do not identify themselves until they start appearing on his plate. He finds the entire process of printmaking extremely engaging and refreshing. He says, "I always tend to get deeply involved in it wit
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Artist Biography

Education  1998 Master of Fine Arts (Print Making), Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai 1996 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), Rajasthan School of Art, Jaipur    Exhibitions  2010 'Kunwarji's Ground', Bose Pacia, Kolkata 2009 'Theatre of Libido', Space 355, Tokyo 2008 'Kunwarji's Fantasy', International Traveling Show at Keumsan Gallery, Seoul, Beijing, Tokyo 2008 'Asia Belt', and 'Kunwarji', Seoul International Print, Photo Art Fair-08,07, Hangaram Museum, Seoul Arts Centre, Kore
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