Ajay Sharma’s wonderful watercolours involve a subjective way of looking at and making an attempt at deciphering the meaning of his surroundings from a myriad of images, which are an integral part of his life. The artist draws his artistic inspiration from current events, the news, literature, poetry and cinema to give direction to his artistic endeavour. Sharma says he realises that the larger global cultures, socio-political issues, urbanisation and urban life, environmental issues, all collectively impact and influence individual destinies. He tries to weave in elements of subversion in his colourful and often flat picture plane by using some mixed media accompanying his otherwise masterful watercolours. He says his works are his subjective voice reflecting the time they are made in. “If I look back, the consciousness of time in which I live in has always been an important component of my work although I have shifted gears in terms of method, medium, scale and imagery”, says Sharma.
Born in Kharagpur (West Bengal), Ajay Sharma was deeply interested in art since his childhood. He started taking art lessons at a tender age from local art teachers, graduated from MSU, Baroda in 1995, and went on to completing his post-graduation in 1997. Soon after that, he rented a studio space in Ahmedabad. He had his first solo show Cradle Dreams and Songs of Departure in 2001, and was awarded the national scholarship and Lalit Kala scholarship in painting in 1996 and 2000 respectively. A few years later, he travelled to London for a short while and showed his paintings and graphic prints at The Other Cinema in Piccadilly Circus. In 2016, he was awarded the Vadodara city award from Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation.