Nilima Sheikh
Indian, born 1945
103 followers
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2018
Show for Gallery Weekend Mumbai,
Gallery Beyond
2016
Diary Entries curated by Gayatri Sinha,
Gallery Espace
A Group Show,
Gallery Espace

Declaring, “I think beauty can be a vehicle for the most violent of sentiments or attitudes, it should be allowed to contain other things,” Nilima Sheikh produces beautiful paintings about contemporary Indian life, in all of its wonder and grimness. Part a generation of artists who have embraced Indian artistic traditions, she turned from Western-style oil painting to miniature painting, taking inspiration from the Rajput and Mughal court painters. Sheikh works in series and uses traditional materials, including tempera and wasli paper. Narrative is at the heart of all of her work, from her miniature paintings to her murals and large-scale canvases. In her “When Champa Grew Up” series (1984), for example, she illustrated the distressingly common story of a young bride killed by her in-laws, a tragedy that unfolded in her own neighborhood, among people she knew.