About Dhaneshwar Shah
Born in 1979 in Delhi, Shah finished his BFA and MFA in painting from College of Art New Delhi in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Committed to what he calls beauty of scale he plays constantly with the size and proportion of objects. Bigger things get smaller, smaller things get bigger. The use of perspective to focus and foreground objects, the bright earthy range of colours and the repetition of forms for metaphor and outline all derive from his confessed admiration for the miniature tradition especially in the Mughal and Rajasthani styles.
Objects of everyday life, culled from his immediate surroundings as well as a range of vibrant animal figures inhabit his canvases. Despite his young age, he has already received lot of awards and scholarships which include the Residency Award from Australia in 2006, Dhoominal Art Award in 2005, Ambedkar Merit Award, NTC in 2002 and the National Scholarship (HRD) from 2005-2007. He has also been a part of many group shows like Summer Art Exhibition (AIFACS) in 2006, ‘Hiroshima: Never again’ at Aparna Art Gallery, New Delhi and ‘Art For The Nation’ (YMNA) AIFACS, New Delhi in 2003. Presently, he is invited to be an ‘Artist in Residence’ by Chinese Government.