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SHEILA MAKHIJANI

NowNotNow

September 15 - December 19, 2015

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More or less like this, 2012  Oil on canvas  48”x 84”  

Talwar Gallery is delighted to present NowNotNow, an exhibition of paintings on canvas and works on paper by Sheila Makhijani.  In Makhijani's canvases, the first impact is of movement, forceful and definite. Rising vertically, diagonally, spreading, or converging they seem to expand beyond their frames. Planes of color jostle amongst themselves, merging and overlapping as if being directed by hidden energy fields under the canvas. Constructed with layers of paint, Makhijani creates depths with light-filled planes alongside dense dark surfaces. Their presence is bold and full-on, and unlike in her sparsely executed drawings, not a single spot remains untouched on Makhijani's canvas. Everything here belongs to her and her brush.

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Very much here!  2009  Gouache on paper  19.7” x 27.6”

In contrast to the canvas works, on paper Makhijani proceeds with precision abled brush strokes gently borrowing space for her lines to exist. In the recent works, amidst the meandering markings, there appear floating planes as if the result of an overflowing river system revealing the possible depths within the structure. Playful, imaginary, and exacting these self-contained, self-governing worlds appear to unfold according to some unknown logic. The compositions appear as unified forms, singular if confoundingly complex: the course of thought as if it was presented all at once. Sheila Makhijani stands distinctly apart in her consistent commitment to an oeuvre that stands resolute in its singular pursuit of abstraction. A quotidian practice that has been rigorously maintained over the last quarter-century, as artists abandon painting for other mediums, Makhijani has steadfastly remained engaged in discovering its limitless possibilities.

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More or less like this, 2012

Oil on canvas

48” x 84”

Unintentionally Intended, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 168"

So that is how it happened, 2015

Oil on canvas

48” x 84"   

Just Like That, 2012

Oil on canvas

84" x 48"

Split Splat, 2009

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Dumped, 2009

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Very much here!  2009

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Not like that, 2014 | Graphite on paper

How come? 2015 | Graphite and color pencil on paper

What about tomorrow? 2014 | Graphite on paper

Slide, 2014 | Graphite on paper

11.75" x 16.5" (Each of 4)

Not only, 2014

Right there, 2014

One up, 2014

Almost zero, 2014

Graphite on paper

11.75" x 16.5" (Each of 4)

Yelp, 2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Flight, 2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Take off, 2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Smack!  2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

More or less like this, 2012

Oil on canvas

48” x 84”

Unintentionally Intended, 2012

Oil on canvas

48" x 168"

So that is how it happened, 2015

Oil on canvas

48” x 84"   

Just Like That, 2012

Oil on canvas

84" x 48"

Split Splat, 2009

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Dumped, 2009

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Very much here!  2009

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Not like that, 2014 | Graphite on paper

How come? 2015 | Graphite and color pencil on paper

What about tomorrow? 2014 | Graphite on paper

Slide, 2014 | Graphite on paper

11.75" x 16.5" (Each of 4)

Not only, 2014

Right there, 2014

One up, 2014

Almost zero, 2014

Graphite on paper

11.75" x 16.5" (Each of 4)

Yelp, 2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Flight, 2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Take off, 2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

Smack!  2015

Gouache on paper

19.7” x 27.6”

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The Secret Life of Sheila Makhijani October - December 1999

Roobina Karode seeks out Sheila Makhijani at her studio in Delhi and unearths a hoard of energetic works.