Masterpieces that transcend time: Suvigya Sharma's work celebrates India's art heritage of miniature painting.
Masterpieces that transcend time: Suvigya Sharma's work celebrates India's art heritage of miniature painting.

Miniature artist Suvigya Sharma exhibits 127 paintings at his art show ‘Reminiscence’ in Mumbai

The show highlights Pichhwais, Lord Krishna holding the Govardhan Parbat and vintage stamp paper miniature art gilded in 24-carat gold

Well-known Indian miniature artist Suvigya Sharma is currently showcasing 127 artworks at his show ‘Reminiscence’ at the Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery in Mumbai. ‘Reminiscence’ is an epic saga, highlighting the Hindu pantheon and its timeless grace that sets the foundation for the aesthetics of modern contemporary art, worldwide. The show, which is on till 14th October, highlights the 2,000-year-old art form incorporated as Tanjores, Piquas, life-like portraits and mythological paintings on vintage stamp papers gilded in 24-carat gold.

The highlights of the show are contemporary Pichhwais (devotional painting made on cloth or paper portraying Lord Krishna) depicting Shrinathji and one of Lord Krishna holding a three-dimensional Govardhan Parvat. The latter is a celebratory reminiscence depicting the Divine Cowherd's supernatural act of holding Govardhan mountain aloft for seven days and nights.

The Pichhwais are made on ‘Elfh’ a patented mineral-based composition, a great substitute for ivory. Painted in freshly prepared vegetable dyes, the artwork is gilded in 24-carat gold, reinstating the disciplines of 'bardashat ka kaam' -- the ‘art of tolerance’ -- as the technique is meticulously practised under a magnifying glass.

“Miniature paintings originated in India around 750 AD and (this) art is the base of all other painting art forms that have evolved in the contemporary art world over time," said Sharma, who has trained in traditional fine miniature art painting under his father RK Sharma, who traces his creative lineage to the masters of Nathdwara Shaili Miniature paintings.

Suvigya Sharma

The artist has contributed to art collections of several well-known personalities -- such as India's PM Shri Narendra Modi, industrialist families like the Ambanis, the Birlas and the Piramals; and celebrities like Justin Bieber, Rani Mukherjee, Kangana Ranaut, Sachin Tendulkar and Sanjay Dutt.

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