Renowned artist Hemraj’s paintings reflect a quest for the very meaning of existence. He uses the trope of landscape to delve deeper into the exploratory realisms of human existence. He explores the landscapic feeling with one colour and its countless tones. Each of his paintings has its own rivers, hills, waterfalls, smell and vegetation and its own independent entity. In his paintings, melody, rhyme, rhythm and soul coalesce into a single whole.
A graduate of Delhi College of Art, Hemraj lives and works in Delhi. He was born on 6th June, 1968 in Delhi. As with the other artists he has shown in many group and solo shows both at home and abroad. At the India Art Fair 2014 Hemraj’s work was exhibited on a solo booth by Uday Jain from Dhoomimal Gallery. This was one of the first occasions that a contemporary Indian artist working with abstraction had exhibited as a solo project at the International event.
Hemraj’s artistic technique is as innovative and interesting as his works are. The artist adds layer and layer of paint as he builds up the essence of the work. The light and effervescent images that confront us are just like a piece of music. They have a beginning a middle and an end and this process may be repeated over and over again as Hemraj takes off almost more paint then he applies. His is a technique of minimalism. The artist keeps reducing the colours, the lines and the forms until we are left with the bare essence, just enough to consume the work with the meditations and genius of the artist.
Hemraj’s abstract paintings give the viewer a chance to participate in the process of artistic creation. By looking at his works, the viewers can let go of their preconceived notions and enjoy his works like one would a piece of music or look at them like one would at the beauties of nature, unbound, mysterious and pulsating with cosmic energy.
1991 - BFA in Painting from College of Art, New Delhi with 1st division.
1993 - MFA in Painting from College of Art, New Delhi with 1st Division.
1999 - Photoshop, CorelDraw, Premier, T.V. Paint, Elastic Reality, 3D Studio, 2D, 3D, Animation, DOS.
1991 - First Prize: Annual Exhibition of College of Art, New Delhi.
1992 - Ravi Jain Memorial Foundation Award organized by Dhoomi Mal Art Gallery.
1992 - All India Award from AIFACS.
1993 - Pandit Ravi Shankar Award from College of Art, New Delhi.
1995 - All India Award from Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore.
2000 - 42nd National Award from Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi
2008 - Honorable mention award From www.mosaicglobe.com
1993-94 - Lalit Kala Research Grant in Painting
1997-99 - Junior Research Fellowship from HRD.
2001 - Research Scholarship in Painting - Kanoria Centre for Art.
1993 - LTG Art Gallery
1994 - Dhoomi Mal Gallery
1994 - Jahangir Art Gallery
1995 - Alliance Franchaise de Delhi
1996 - Shridharani Art Gallery
2001 - Son Et Lumiere, Mumbai
2001 - Shridharani Art Gallery, Delhi
2001 - Delhi Art Gallery
2003 - Blue Moon, Germany
2004 - Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany
2005 - Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany
2009 - Avyakta-Vyakta:A Virtual Journey, Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi.
1992 - Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur organized by ‘IPTA’.
1992 - Green Wood Art Gallery
1992 - Gallery Espace
1992 - Group Show in Denmark
1993 - Duet Show in Gallery Jharokha
1994-99 - Dhoomi Mal Gallery
1995 - Lalit Kala Rabindra Bhawan
1998 - Enter Art Gallery, Korea
1999-2004 - Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany
2002 - Joy of Life - Painting Exhibition, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
2002 - Kalanjali Art Gallery, Delhi
2003 - Indian Abstract Art at Shridharani Art Gallery–Indian Forum of Creative Artist
2003 - Kite show – Dhoomi Mal 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 Galeria at Aserlohn
2005 - Nandan Art Gallery, Kolkata
2007 - Group show in Korea
2007 - Delhi Art Gallery,New Delhi
2007 - Dhoomi Mal Art Gallery,New Delhi, India
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 Academy Delhi
WORKS EXHIBITED AT
1990-92 - Annual Art Exhibition AIFACS
1992 - India Youth Art Exhibition organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad.
1992 - Bansi Parimool Memorial Exhibition AIFACS.
1992 - All India Exhibition, Kanpur
1993 - National Art Exhibition orgsnised by Lalit Kala Academy
1993 - All India Exhibition in Jaipur
1993-94 - In Search for Talent in Vadhera Art Gallery
1995 - All India Exhibition organized by Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore.
2000 - National Art Exhibition orgsnised by Lalit Kala Academy
2001 - Exhibition of Delhi Artists,by Birla Academi of Art and culture,Kolkatta.
2003 – ‘Art and Fashion’by Damyanti Art Gallery New Delhi
2004 - Golden Jubilee,Lalit Kala Akademy
2006 - XI Trienale India
2006 - Group show at India Habitat,Orgnised by Doomi mal art Gallery,New Delhi
2007 - Art Aouction organized by Doomi Mal Art Gallery
2008 - Art action organized by Help Age Ngo,Delhi
2009 - Deep in black in Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany
2009 - Indo-Korean art organized by Doomimal Art Centre
CAMP & KALA MELA
1990 - Western Egg-Tampera workshop College of Art.
1990 - Enamelling Workshop College of Art.
1992 - Artist Camp organised by Sahitya Kala Parishad in Delhi
1992 - Kala Mela organized by Lalit Kala Academy, Madras
1992 - Children Workshop organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad.
1993 - Sumi painting workshop College of Art, New Delhi
1994 - Painting and Sculpture Symposium on International Level organized by the Ideal fine Art Society, Karnataka.
1997 - Drawing Camp by The ‘Earth Colors’, New Delhi
1999 - Art Awareness Camp, Kota
2001 - Painting Camp organized by Dhoomi Mal at Massourie
2002 - Painting Camp organized by Baba Paint at Massourie
2002 - International Art Symposium at Gyor (Hungary) under Cultural Exchange Programme)
2008 - Painting camp in srilanka organized by Lantern art Gallery, New Delhi.
2008 - Indo-Korean art Camp in Khajuraho,Organized by Academy of Visual Media New Delhi
2010 - Painting camp in raipur India,organized by Lalit Kala Academy,new delhi.
College of Art, Delhi
Sahitya Kala Parishad Delhi
Lalit Kala Academy, Madras
The Ideal Fine Art Society, Karnataka
Enter Art Gallery, Korea
Galeria Muller and Plate, Germany
Dhoomi Mal Art Gallery, New Delhi
Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
Wrosi Muveszeti Museum, Gyor, Hungary
Borowski Art Gallery, Germany
Jung art Gallery,Korea
Shanti art Gallery,Korea
Academy of Visual Media,Trust for promotion of art and Photography.
Documentary film on me and My Art Directed by Mr.H.K. Handa for Delhi Doordarshan
Documentary film on me and My Art Directed by Mrs.Nilofar from Delhi Doordarshan
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