If pictures can speak then portraits by her tells their story with all the emotions. This is how one can describe the paintings of Shikha Chauhan, a Mumbai based artist, in whose work soul of Rajasthan lives in.
She is a graduate from Mudra School of Arts in Mumbai and one is not sure if Shikha Chauhan has any roots in Rajasthan but if one go by her paintings than it is for sure that Rajasthan is definitely in her DNA.
I am no art critic or expert but stumbled upon her work online at www.suchitraarts.com, which has profiled her work. Her works described as ‘moments’ have caught sensitivity and sensuousness of the moments she has captured in her paintings.
Classic chatty moments of women sitting on ground or those ferrying water pots and sharing village grapevine are beautifully captured by Shikha Chauhan. The VIBGYOR colors which are hallmark of paintings on subjects from Rajasthan have been transformed into soulful moments with artistic use of shadows of black. The richness of colors in her paintings are complimented by use of black and probably charcoal she has used in many other of her works with perfection.
The turbaned men of Rajasthan evoke curiosity as they curiously looks on you with gaiety and amusement. Again, use of black in contrast of colorful turbans has made her paintings a live moment. Combination of black as major color in paintings generally does not touch vibrant subjects but Shikha Chaudhan seems to have developed style of her own in combining black with the beauty of vibrant colors.
Even when Shikha Chauhan has not used any colors, her figures in black have perfectly captured the moments. Acrylic on colors is her basic style material with sketch in black, albeit her hallmark style, one may call it.
This artist seems to be a versatile hand. She has also used Charchol and acrylic on canvass in her work for beautiful untitled paintings of dancing girls. Use of blood red and vibrant green depict the boldness of idea and emancipated modern women perfectly and moreover, the curves in the painting are touching the realms of Greek perfection.
I wonder, if Shikha Chauhan still is not a known name in art circles. But definitely, Rajasthan art may definitely benefit from her work immensely as she is creating new art forms to represent modern image of Rajashan with all its vibrancy and colors even in black and whites’.