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date: 25 January 2020

Sheikh, Nilima locked

(b New Delhi, Nov 18, 1945).
  • Peter A. Nagy


(b New Delhi, Nov 18, 1945).

Indian painter . Sheikh studied history at Delhi University (1965) and went on to study painting (1971) at M.S. University in Baroda, Gujarat. She developed a style of painting which, along with the work of her peers (including her husband Gulammohammed Sheikh (b 1937), Vivan Sundaram , Nalini Malani and Bhupen Khakhar (1934–2003), has come to be known as the Baroda School. Their painting was analogous with the rise of Post-modernism in Western art in that it consciously accommodated narrative, figuration, historical quotation and allegory. Sheikh reinterpreted the tradition of miniature painting in India, re-inventing a style of painting associated since medieval times with the foothills of the Himalayas.

Sheikh’s work matured in the 1980s when she specifically exploited the materials and methods of traditional Indian miniatures ( see fig. ). Working in tempera on prepared paper, she retained the flattened and distorted spaces of traditional miniatures, while infusing them with both contemporary details and abstract passages. ...

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