Artist of the month: Ravinder Sharma

Ravinder Sharma

Art enabled me to seek the latent powers of my spirit. In the frenzy of creativity, I could reach those unknown realms of spirit where the drop experiences the joy of becoming an ocean.

 1. What is the best thing about being an artist?
Art enables an artist to transcend the barriers of ego and be universal.

2. Illustration, Claymation or Paintings – What do you enjoy doing the most?
I enjoy painting the most.

3. What inspires you?
Nature in its myriad hues (visible or latent) inspires me.

4. How do you manage to work across such a wide variety of mediums?
Mediums, like words, give meaning to one’s thoughts and emotions. The application of colours becomes automatic when intuition and imagination churn out a form.

5. How did you decide to join the world of painting?
It was perhaps the appreciation of my teachers and parents that enabled my hand to find resonance with the head and the heart.

6. Which is the most memorable campaign you have worked on?
I dedicated an exhibition of collages to Kalpana Chawla on her 1st death anniversary. One of my paintings evolved from a phrase on her- “Manzil dhoondte dhoondte wo khud manzil ho gae”

7. Can you give us some examples of the messages you have tried to convey through your paintings?
The most important message that my paintings aim at is to relieve a person from the bondage of his ego and there is nothing like nature to achieve this. I believe my artwork to be in harmony with the spirit of the spectator.

8. Who is your favourite artist?
Nicholas Roerich of Russia, who showed the world the spirited side of nature with a difference. What he painted was the outcome of his deep convictions and belief.

9. If you were not an artist, what would you be?
I would have been a poet or a singer, composing and singing the songs of nature.

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