I have been practising painting for nearly 15 years now.With an inclination towards line and form, my foremost concern as a visual artist is, the visual pleasure. I believe that the world of visual art has travelled extensively since its cave days. Artists of our age have an entire sea of `isms’ and `schools’ to prepare a cup of tea for themselves. Thus, choosing an imagery (or no imagery) for one’s works is as independent an act as choosing one’s clothes or food.
My skills are trained under western influence, but my life is trained under Indian values, so at present when I paint, I fuse the westernised athletic forms with myths of Indian Heroes, their philosophies of idealism and Karma. It’s like being on an Indian pilgrimage wearing jeans.
Human form is the visual interpretation of `heroic valour’ in my paintings which is eventually affected by the otherworldly powers. Thus, the hand of a man symbolises_ the efforts and the fate.
To paint is like living a life. The extemporaneous and the deliberate actions play simultaneously in life and art. However the sincerity of these actions depends upon the intensity of necessity. The more intense the need, the more unobtrusive the action, and more truthful the performance.
Master of Arts from Panjab University in History of Arts, in 1999 with 67.8 % aggregate marks, got 1st division and topped the batch.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA 4-yr-degree) from the Government College of Art, Panjab University, Chandigarh, specializing in Applied Art in 1997 with 68.5 % aggregate marks, got 1st division and topped the batch.
Passed National Eligibility Test for lecturership in Visual Art conducted by UGC, Government of India, in Visual Art in 1999.
Over 100 illustrations in The Times of India, Chandigarh.
Over 2000 illustrations in City daily newspaper, The Indian Express, Chandigarh
Illustrations of over 70 books for various publishers in Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi
More than 100 pen sketches for bi-monthly literary journal Kafla-intercontinental
Over 150 articles and art reviews of local art exhibitions in The Indian Express
Over 50 articles as a fortnightly column on art published in The Indian Express
Icons and illustrations for various websites
National Award by NCERT, New Delhi, for illustrating a children’s book in 1995.
Solo Exhibitions Of Paintings And Drawings:
Drawings at Govt. Museum, Chandigarh in 1996.
Drawings at Oslo (Norway) in 1996
Drawings and paintings at Fine Arts Museum, Panjab University, Chandigarh 2000
Impressions & Expressions- an exhibition of paintings at Rabindra Bhavan, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi 2003
Paintings at Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh 2003
Exhibition of paintings at Dharamshala Museum (Himachal), 2004
Participations In Art Exhibitions:
Annual exhibition, Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi, 2004
Annual exhibiton, Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, 2004
Regional AIFACS exhibition in Chandigarh, 2004
All India Exhibition of Art 1996 at Govt Museum, Simla, Himachal Pradesh.
All India Exhibition of Art 1997 at Amritsar;
All India Exhibitions of Drawings 1995 at AIFACS, New Delhi
Group Show by The Art People, New Delhi at Rabindra Bhavan - 2003
AIFACS Painting exhibition (regional section) in 2002.
Drawing exhibition by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi- 2002.
Bank of Punjab art competition 2002, 2003.
Group Show of paintings by young Chandigarh Artists in 2001.
Invitation Of Workshops:
Two-day Drawing workshop by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi 2006
Painting workshop at Panjab University Museum 2005
Cartoons and caricatures workshop by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, 2003
Drawing workshop by Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi 2002
Young sculptor’s workshop by Govt. College of Architecture, Chandigarh 1996
Painting workshop Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi 2002
Painting workshop by NZCC at Kalagram, Chandigarh 2002
Young artists workshop at Govt. Museum, Sector 10, Chandigarh, 1998