Artist Vijender Sharma draws from experience to depict intangible themes.
In one of Vijender Sharma’s paintings, a bewitching woman offers you a rose. The mirror behind her shows the hidden hand wielding a dagger. The title, ‘Hate and Love’ is self explanatory, and the image itself is simple conceptually, but rendered with painstaking detail. Vijender reveals that this painting was a consequence of personal experience, as is every single one he has ever made. But he also explores larger, more interpretative, themes — death, hypocracy and spirituality. “These things have fascinated me ever since I was a child and I found expression for them in art,” he explains. Incidentally, the image of a woman forms a common vessel for the emotions he wishes to convey. “I find the female form very evocative,” he says. His work, which dates back to the 80s, found several admirers. From former President Abdul Kalam who bought one of his paintings (it now hangs proudly in the Rashtrapati Bhavan) to the ones that found their way into sets of popular television shows. Vijender admits that satire and realism form a big part of his work. “My paintings are not decoration,” he says, signing off.