Featured Artist Sameer Sharma | Artsy Shark


Enjoy this collection of fascinating and intimate portraits by oil painter Sameer Sharma. Visit his website to see more of his portfolio.

 

“A Patient Wolf” (Self-Portrait) oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

 

For me, painting is an act of surrender to both the process and the product. It is a continuous letting go of what I think I see to observe and feel with pure awareness.

 

oil painting of a man reaching out by Shameer Sharma

“Wound of Light” (Self-Portrait) oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″

 

My process is guided by the idea often attributed to the French poet and philosopher, Paul Valery who said, “To see is to forget the name of thing one sees.”

 

oil painting of a woman and dog sleeping by Shameer Sharma

“Shannon and Louie” oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″

 

This forgetting allows me to perceive what was previously hidden from sight. Shapes, colors, and brush marks emerge from a subconscious, visceral level that is free from the rational mind’s critique.

 

oil painting portrait of a woman by Shameer Sharma

“Andrea” oil on canvas board, 9″ x 12″

 

Yet this fluid, instinctive process is contained within the frameworks of classical painting techniques and principles I’ve learned from my formal training as a representational painter.

 

self-portrait in oil by Shameer Sharma

“Atonement” (Self-Portrait) oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

 

Loose, expressive brushwork sits atop a scaffolding of accurate drawing. I choose colors based more on their emotive quality than their accuracy to the subject.

 

portrait of a man in oil by Shameer Sharma

“The Empty Cup” oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″

 

I’ve always loved painting figures and portraits. Capturing someone’s likeness is one of the most satisfying challenges for me. Expressing an emotion through the subtlest turn of a lip or the strength and determination in a clenched fist requires me to see both the form and the feeling that it evokes.

 

emotive self-portrait by Shameer Sharma

“A Gift of Darkness” (Self-Portrait) oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″

 

This is the yin and yang, the balance of oppositional forces, that I try to find in my work. It also extends to the ideas that inspire me. As a practitioner of the martial arts and student of eastern philosophy, the concepts of impermanence, emptiness and Wabi-Sabi (the beauty in imperfection) influence both my choice of subject as well as my painting process.

 

self-portrait as a clown by Shameer Sharma

“Illusion of Both Selves” (Self-Portrait) oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″

 

Ultimately, every painting becomes a reflection. If I’ve been true to myself and my process, then the painting paints itself. If I can lose myself in the first brush mark, I can find myself again in the last one.

 

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