Divya Sharma, a fine artist, painter and printmaker based in London specialising in portraits and original 3D sculptues.
I was always good at drawing and enjoyed botanical drawing in school though I went on to study commerce and management at university. Moving to Munich allowed me to rekindle my interest in art. I spent a lot of my free time over this period in museums, copying parts of the art works and sculptures trying to tease out ‘technique’ and an individual style. Further travel within Europe enabled me to see the genius of the old masters in The Louvre, The Sistine Chapel, Michaelangelo’s David and the Lenbachhaus. During this time I took part in a week long residential portrait workshop in the south of France with Frank Janca (who was a student of the master portrait painter David Leffel). This amazing experience was a turning point for me as an artist and taught me a great deal.
Living in London and exposure to exhibitions here made me realise the power art has on society and its influence to drive social change. This concept inspired me to further my artistic education. I also regularly attend art sessions at Putney School of Art and Design involving portrait painting, figurative sculpture, silkscreen and etching. This allows me the space, tools and materials to constantly experiment with new ideas and expand my learning.
I have been a practising artist for the last 6 years with my own studio and have taken part in both group exhibitions and solo shows.This year I hope to challenge myself further by undertaking a BA in fine art. I think art schools are a platform where artists of different generations, ideologies, and backgrounds can interact and find this a constant source of inspiration and motivation. Also I feel a sense of urgency and responsibility to give back to society through my expressions in art.
My goal is to make more artwork that allows people to look at themselves as part of a global setting, to influence and be influenced by best practices worldwide. I have a keen interest in history of ancient civilisations including India’s history and my intention is to bring an essence of its rich and varied artistic heritage into my future work. Divya Sharma
Please view my latest projects on thegallery pages or contact me for more information about my portrait commissions.
Neulinge (Newcomers) | The Crypt Gallery | St Pancras, London Portrait Exhibition | Putney Library | London
Studio 106 Group Exhibition | 'Seven' | Fulham Broadway, London
Sculpture Exhibition | Kings College School | Wimbledon, London
Made in Morley, Print Exibition | Morley College | London
Fulham Community Centre Exhibition | Fulham, London
Open Studios | Wimbledon Art Studios | May 2015 and Nov 2015 | London
The Toast Rack, Artisan Bakery & Cafe | Wandsworth | London