Author: Gayatri Sinha
Publisher: Roli Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8174361812
An offering in the pocket art series, this volume with a life sketch of the painter and a short text on his work carries a selection of 24 four-color reproductions of his paintings. The album has captured the paintings in a bewitching manner.
While identifying himself firmly as a commentator of our times, Sheikh draws on world art, literature and popular culture to craft a language that is true to India's civilizational inheritance - her own peculiar modernity. The scale of his references is vast; the possibilities they open for future painters are innumerable. For within the corpus of his work;, the modern and the Indian, in the fullest sense of words, are not a contradiction, but a complement.
Living in India means living simultaneously in several cultures and times. Traditional and modern, private and public, the inside and outside continually telescope and reunite. Like the many-eyed and many-armed archetype of an Indian child, I draw my energy from the source.