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EXHIBITION "Vibrant Reflections" solo contemporary art show by Sharmila Thapar at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road > 11am-7pm on 28th, 29th & 30th September 2017

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Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm -  Add to Calendar 28/09/2017 11:00 30/09/2017 19:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION "Vibrant Reflections" solo contemporary art show by Sharmila Thapar Event Page : Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 DD/MM/YYYY  Exhibition on View

 Entry : Free

Venue : Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003

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Event Description : 
EXHIBITION "Vibrant Reflections" solo contemporary art show by Sharmila Thapar

Foreword for the exhibition

The creative journey ranging from lush landscapes to figurative paintings with vibrant flowing strokes represents the distinct profile of Sharmila Thapar’s art practice. Taking it further, the artist has well experimented with abstract paintings too, in her characteristic strokes. Her experiments with mosaic, gouache, decoupage, fired clay and paper burn also reflect the diversity in varied mediums. Born in 1963, she has travelled extensively all over the world which is generously reflected in her creative endeavors. Her passion for the arts is joyfully evident in her creative strokes, majorly in brilliant hues.

The joyfulness of nature is well represented in the works of art such as 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. Celebration of life in varied cultures has also been beautifully depicted in her creative language. The rich color palette is occasionally subdued with pristine white, which forms focus with a flying dove with an olive branch of peace. Her decorative decoupage panels beautifully reflect an assimilation of vivid floral patterns finding prominence beside a bright background.

I congratulate her on her first solo art exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. While she has seen the sun rise and set in various continents, it is her first endeavor here in India to represent her works of art in an exhibition. I wish her grand success and applause for all her sincere efforts for this exhibition and also for all her creative accomplishments in the near future too.
Adwaita Gadanayak
Director- General
National Gallery of Modern Art

Curator’s note for the exhibition
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.

When the brilliance of turquoise meets the calm of pearls; when the vibrancy of rubies collides with the depth of onyx, when jades and tourmalines dance together, a joyous colour symphony is born. It is this symphony that’s captured on the canvases of Sharmila! The itinerant artist who has travelled some interesting corners of the world, allowed only the most celebratory aspects of the lives and mores of their cultures to permeate her soul; thus building an uplifting repertoire of artistic vocabulary. Thapar wields her brush with a smiling confidence and that’s what informs the entire collection at hand. The French leave from formal education has lent a bold innocence and honesty to her oeuvre, even as she missed no chance to gather techniques and styles and influences along her journey. Though, the incredible, riotous energy of her colours can not be credited to anything but her very own inner wellspring of exuberance.
Ms Gargi Seth
Curator andDirector
Indian Art Circle

Introductory Note on Art Works by Sharmila Thapar
With little or no formal education in art, Sharmila uses painting, clay firing, decoupage and other art forms as a medium of expression not only for her emotions but also to encapsulate some of the current issues such as global peace, conflict, anxiety, celebration and other such  moods. Alternating freely between the tangible and the abstract, Sharmila prefers vividness and vibrancy for projecting her thoughts.  
Her multicultural exposure, interaction and engagement with various cultures is subtly articulated in her various creations - whether landscapes, portraits, clay models, charcoal sketches, or simply flowers in a natural or man-made setting. What is most striking of course, is her skillful playing with colours in the abstract e.g. in her works depicting Celestial Lights, Dancing Flowers, Four Seasons, Fireworks and others. 
According to her, colours as an inanimate medium, get a voice when put together, in any and every combination.  An international haute couture designer once said , " Indians put together the most unimaginable colour combinations and come up with the most exotic results."
On a personal note, she believes the dullness of certain aspects of everyday life can be minimized by wearing and using colours in tones that bring out the best in a person.

Brief Biographical Sketch
As a globe-trotter for over three decades, Sharmila Thapar has lived abroad in 7 countries and travelled through many others.  Besides her household responsibilities - of bringing up two accomplished young daughters and being a diplomatic hostess - she has also pursued her passion for creative arts at different stages of her life. Her professional accomplishments include two successful tenures as a business consultant with the Punjab, Haryana & Delhi Chambers of Commerce & Industry and also with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry. 

Sharmila has seen the sun rise and set in various continents. After soaking in the hues and nuances of different cultures - from the souks of Egypt in Africa to the golden sands of the Middle East and the vast open spaces of North America to the blue waters of the Caribbean, the Maestros of Italy to the Mosaics in the Levant, she has expressed herself in acrylics, oil paints, watercolors etc.

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