Gulam Sheikh

Gulammohammed Sheikh

Artist Bio

(b. 1937, Gujarat, India)

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara, India; Master of Fine Arts, Royal College of Art, London, U.K.

SELECT EXHIBITIONS: Ideas of the Sublime, Vadehra Art Gallery at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi , India (2013); City, Kaavad and Other works, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, India (2011); Mappings, The Guild at Museum Gallery, Mumbai, India (2004); Palimpsest at Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (2001); Kahat Kabir at Vadehra Gallery, New Delhi, India (1998); Pathvipath at CMC Art Gallery, New Delhi (1991); Returning Home (a retrospective of work from 1968-1985) at Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France (1985).

Gulammohammed lives and works in Vadodara, Gujarat.

Artist Statement

Hashiya is a fascinating, tantalising, intimidating idea. Much of what we needto engage with these days has been pushed into the margins:conservation andthe love of nature, the green cover of our forests, besides the struggle for free speech and right to dissent.

It is not unusual to find artists alongside vegetation and fabulous animals in the margins of Mughal folios. Kavita Singh in her essay 'Hashiya the Margin' has reproduced a painting of a disconsolate Majnun in the central space while Laila's 'litter on the camel' is staged in the margin. In his eternal quest for Laila, my Majnun has moved into the margin, but where is Laila?

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Majnun in the Margin

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