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Hem Raj

New Delhi, India 4 Followers

About Artist

The first thing you notice about Hem Raj’s paintings titled “Metamorphosing. To Devotion’ is their sheer size. Added to the mammoth look, the paintings are mounted on some exquisite hand-crafted (by the artist himself...

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The first thing you notice about Hem Raj’s paintings titled “Metamorphosing. To Devotion’ is their sheer size. Added to the mammoth look, the paintings are mounted on some exquisite hand-crafted (by the artist himself) wooden frames interspersed with rusty iron and brass patches and chains as are found on some ancient doors. “The frame is the gateway to the sanctum – sanctorum of the divine,” he says.


The paintings are devotional, like the bhakti ras found in poetry and music. The style is reminiscent of Sufism, the same abandon and gaiety in reference to the divine who is the lover and the teacher, the giver and the keeper. Simplicity abounds, again in keeping with the Sufi tradition and tribal art which “the within himself’. Colours are kept to the bare minimum, subdued shades – monochromatic colours – where different shades of the same colour have been used to the maximum effort. No stark colours for Hem Raj, which is where he perhaps differs from the tribal artists who have a penchant for using bright shades. Indigo blues, olive greens, dusty pinks, murky browns, rusty oranges, pale yellows – Hem Raj is indeed different from them. Like Sufism, again Hem Raj is concerned only with singing praises of the divine. Unlike a few of his contemporaries who are keen to project contemporary life, the artist has restricted himself to religious themes because according to him this is perhaps the best way to try and be with god while living in a society which is “full of false pride, faithlessness and strife”.


Hem Raj believes an artist is like a flute – it doesn’t pipe of its own. The player is the one who creates the magic of music. Likewise, he simply becomes a medium. “I am as animate or inanimate as my canvas, brush or colours are. The forms and shapes start talking place the moment I pick up a brush, the painting begins from within me and towards the climax I find myself losing my own individuality and mingling with the beauty that has flown out of me. That is the ultimate bliss for me. I feel as if I’ve successfully managed to give birth to these forms and in return they are grateful to me for bringing them alive,” – the art and the artist then become one and the same!

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  • About Artist

    The first thing you notice about Hem Raj’s paintings titled “Metamorphosing. To Devotion’ is their sheer size. Added to the mammoth look, the paintings are mounted on some exquisite hand-crafted (by the artist himself) wooden frames interspersed with rusty iron and brass patches and chains as are found on some ancient doors. “The frame is the gateway to the sanctum – sanctorum of the divine,” he says.


    The paintings are devotional, like the bhakti ras found in poetry and music. The style is reminiscent of Sufism, the same abandon and gaiety in reference to the divine who is the lover and the teacher, the giver and the keeper. Simplicity abounds, again in keeping with the Sufi tradition and tribal art which “the within himself’. Colours are kept to the bare minimum, subdued shades – monochromatic colours – where different shades of the same colour have been used to the maximum effort. No stark colours for Hem Raj, which is where he perhaps differs from the tribal artists who have a penchant for using bright shades. Indigo blues, olive greens, dusty pinks, murky browns, rusty oranges, pale yellows – Hem Raj is indeed different from them. Like Sufism, again Hem Raj is concerned only with singing praises of the divine. Unlike a few of his contemporaries who are keen to project contemporary life, the artist has restricted himself to religious themes because according to him this is perhaps the best way to try and be with god while living in a society which is “full of false pride, faithlessness and strife”.


    Hem Raj believes an artist is like a flute – it doesn’t pipe of its own. The player is the one who creates the magic of music. Likewise, he simply becomes a medium. “I am as animate or inanimate as my canvas, brush or colours are. The forms and shapes start talking place the moment I pick up a brush, the painting begins from within me and towards the climax I find myself losing my own individuality and mingling with the beauty that has flown out of me. That is the ultimate bliss for me. I feel as if I’ve successfully managed to give birth to these forms and in return they are grateful to me for bringing them alive,” – the art and the artist then become one and the same!

  • Academics

    1993 M.F.A in Painting from College of Art, New Delhi

    1991 B.F.A in Painting from College of Art, New Delhi


  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS


    2009 Avyakta-Vyakta: A Virtual Journey, Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2005 Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany

    2004 Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany

    2003 Blue Moon, Germany

    2001 Son Et Lumiere, Mumbai

    2001 Shridharani Art Gallery, Delhi

    2001 Delhi Art Gallery

    1996 Shridharani Art Gallery

    1995 Alliance Francaise de Delhi

    1994 Dhoomimal Gallery

    1994 Jehangir Art Gallery

    1993 L.T.G Art Gallery




    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2007 Group show in Korea

    2007 Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2007 Dhoomimal Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2007 Jung Art Gallery, South Korea

    2007 Shanti Art Gallery, South Korea

    2007 70 years of Dhoomimal Art Gallery

    2007 Garhi artist, Art Exhibition Organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi

    2005 Nandan Art Gallery, Kolkata


    2003 Kite show – Dhoomimal Art Center

    2003 ‘Project Time’, Painting Exhibition, Belgium, Europe

    2003 Painting Show by Birla Academy

    2003 Painting Show at Hyatt Regency Hotel by Damayanti

    2003 International Miniatures Print Exhibition, Belgium

    2003 Indian Painting Exhibition at Galeria Borowski, Germany

    2003 Painting exhibition at Stadtische Galerie at Iserlohn

    2003 Indian Abstract Art at Shridharani Art Gallery–Indian Forum of Creative Artist

    2002 Joy of Life - Painting Exhibition, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

    2002 Kalanjali Art Gallery, Delhi

    1999-2004 Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany

    1998 Enter Art Gallery, Korea

    1995 Lalit Kala Rabindra Bhawan

    1994-99 Dhoomimal Gallery


    1993 Duet Show in Gallery Jharokha

    1992 Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur organized by ‘IPTA’

    1992 Green Wood Art Gallery

    1992 Gallery Espace

    1992 Group Show in Denmark





    PARTICIPATIONS

    2009 Deep in black in Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany

    2009 Indo-Korean art organized by Dhoomimal Art Centre

    2008 Art auction organized by Helpage NGO, Delhi

    2007 Art Auction organized by Dhoomimal Art Gallery



    2006 XI Triennale, India

    2006 Group show at India Habitat, Organized by Dhoomimal art Gallery, New Delhi

    2004 Golden Jubilee, Lalit Kala Akademi


    2003 ‘Art and Fashion’ by Damyanti Art Gallery, New Delhi

    2001 Exhibition of Delhi Artists, by Birla Academy of Art and culture, Kolkata

    2000 National Art Exhibition organized by Lalit Kala Akademi

    1995 All India Exhibition organized by Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore

    1993 National Art Exhibition organized by Lalit Kala Akademi

    1993 All India Exhibition in Jaipur

    1993-94 In Search for Talent in Vadhera Art Gallery

    1992 India Youth Art Exhibition organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad

    1992 Bansi Parimool Memorial Exhibition, AIFACS

    1992 All India Exhibition, Kanpur

    1990-92 Annual Art Exhibition, AIFACS

  • Award & Recognition

    2008 Honorable mention award From www.mosaicglobe.com

    2000 42nd National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi

    1995 All India Award from Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore

    1993 Pandit Ravi Shankar Award from College of Art, New Delhi

    1992 Ravi Jain Memorial Foundation Award organized by Dhoomimal Art Gallery

    1992 All India Award from AIFACS

    1991 First Prize: Annual Exhibition of College of Art, New Delhi


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