(Last Updated on : 17/12/2013)
Nataraj Sharma is an internationally celebrated Indian painter
who expresses the unique concepts of industrialized landscape through his paintings
. It is said that his passion for flying has also crawled its way into his artistic creations, as is evident from views of sweeping landscapes depicted in his paintings, as if he has flown over the cities and towns. Idiosyncratic elements, coupled with a subtle touch of humour manifests themselves through his art-forms, which are generally autobiographical. Nataraj Sharma firmly believes that art should be devoid of any form of sufferings, negativity and violence. It has been three or fours ever since Sharma has been making attempts to introduce features of industrialization into most of his paintings, complete with commercial objects.
Early Life of Nataraj Sharma
Nataraj Sharma was born in the year 1958 in Mysore
which is located in the southern portion of the nation. He graduated in the field of Applied Arts and Faculty of Fine Arts from Maharaja Sayajirao
University of Baroda
during 1982. From the year 2000 onwards, his paintings were displayed in several exhibitions which were conducted throughout India and also abroad.
Works of Nataraj Sharma
Outstanding creativity and attention to detail has been magnificently illustrated through the paintings practised by Nataraj Sharma. He is quite fond of mechanization which is clearly reflected in a majority of his creative works. His paintings are similar to a 'helicopter view' of various lands and cities. He has asserted that such paintings signify the metamorphosis of tiny towns into big cities
and cities into smart metropolises. The images have been inspired by regions like Ahmedabad
, Baroda, Athens, Detroit and many other locations.
Some of his paintings like 'Set of Two', 'Untitled (Playground)', etc. are popular. The Set of Two is about two men and comprises the images of a 'Seated Man' and a 'Standing Man' or 'Soumen'. Painted in 1988, the painting is divided into two different portions. The upper half of it describes a man seated on an easy-chair with folded legs. The other part displays the image of a man who holds the rear portion of the chair, while his back faces the canvas. This lower part is entitled 'b' and is done in graphite and watercolour on paper which is pasted on board. The upper part is named 'a' and has been painted on graphite. Another painting, 'Untitled (Playground)' depicts players engaged in some sports activities, in which some actions were skilful and some fatal. It was done during 2002. This work has been accomplished with the aide of acrylic, enamel and serigraph on paper that was pasted on board. This is so named since it does not possess a title. A human figure is existent in it, with the head of a cat and it seems that he is clad in shorts, in unclear surroundings. It is painted with the help of oil paints on top of paper. People have been shown as collecting things from the garbage. This was painted between the periods of 1992 to 1994.
Yet another painting done by Nataraj Sharma does not bear any title and presents an array of bright colours, represented in a rectangular box. This box is wonderfully beautified with floral motifs. At the central portion of this painting, there exist three painted rectangles of similar sizes. The shade employed in pink. This was a work of mixed media on canvas which was pasted on board. This was painted during the era of 1999 to 2000.
Nataraj Sharma is a talented Indian painter who has proved his mastery over all kinds of media and his deft utilization of these forms of media. One of his sculptures
known as 'Airshow' portrays an iron grid along with cast-iron planes which have been trapped, like a battle formation within the limits of the grid. This particular art-work was created by Nataraj Sharma while he was watching an Indian Air Force
parade which occurred close to his hometown.