Airshow [including sculpture and painting]
Nataraj Sharma proves his talent often as an artist who straddles all media, often uses them lovingly, and reveres them through his craft. His fascination with mechanisation, in many forms, has often been seen in his work throughout his career. However, the sculpture Airshow – featuring a grid made with thin iron / steel wires, with cast-iron planes trapped almost in battle formation within the grid – was conceived when he watched an Indian Air Force parade
taking place near his hometown. His enthralment with flying has often extended to his painting. His paintings depict cities as he has flown over them, in the view he sees as the commercial airliner he travels in as it takes off, glides over the landscape, lands. This, more than anything, is a view on progress and the burgeoning of small towns into cities and cities into big metropolises. The images are from around the world – Mumbai, Baroda [which the artist considers home for the mast many years], Ahmedabad, Athens, Detroit, etc.