Business consultant and self-trained Artist, Sharmila Thapar launched herself formally into the art world on 28th September 2017 with her solo contemporary ‘Vibrant Reflections’ Art Exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre. The event which was ongoing for 3 days (from 28th-30th September, 2017) and attracted art lovers, art business consultants and follower of fine arts from different walks of life, was inaugurated by Shri Adwaita Gadanayak, Director General, National Gallery of Modern Art and curated by Mrs. Gargi Seth, reputed Curator and Director of the India Arts Circle.
Sharmila, who has lived abroad for a substantial part of her life, expresses her emotions vividly through graphic colours in a variety of mediums – acrylics, oil paints, watercolors, mosaic, gouache, découpage, clay firing and paper burn and finds working with her hands therapeutic. Her works encapsulate some of the current issues such as global peace, conflict, anxiety, celebration and other such moods. “Travelling through different cultures, absorbing their tints and tones” she says, “inspires me to express what comes from within me”.
In his foreword for the Vibrant Reflections exhibition, internationally-renowned sculptor Adwaita Gadanayak, writes that “the joyfulness of nature is well represented in the works of art such Mosaic, Celebrations in the Levant and Dancing Flowers. Rich blossoming floral pastures in deep hues reflect the felt loveliness and charm of nature as has been experienced by her during her diverse travels”.
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Curator Gargi Seth comments “Must art be the torch bearer of social change or the pallbearer of history? Must it stir consciences or soothe souls? Must it rouse rebellions or kindle devotion? Well, it must do them all. Sharmila Thapar chose to distil joy, in a form that’s essential to the human soul, onto her canvases. Vibrant Reflections, invites you to partake of this sheer joy and let it resonate with you. The incredible, riotous journey of her colours cannot be credited to anything but her very own inner wellspring of exuberance”.
Senior Artist and poet, Nirmala Singh, who has herself frequently exhibited at the Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and several national galleries, expressed her appreciation for Sharmila’s work by reciting a poem at the inauguration of the Exhibition in which she likened her pieces of art to the hues glistening with dew drops during a rainbow.
Sharmila will also be exhibiting at other galleries in the future and plans to put her work on an online portal. Some pictures of her varied works are enclosed.