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Ajay Sharma, 2014. From the Speed of Life series.


AirSpace Projects and SquarePeg Studios are proud to announce that Ajay Sharma is coming to Marrickville in July to exhibit his work and to run two five-day Miniature Painting workshops. Only a limited number of students will be accepted into the workshop. For more information and enrolment go to SquarePeg Studios.

Sharma is a freelance artist and Master Mughal Miniature Painter of the Rajasthan School who has been supervising a studio of employees and students in Jaipur, India, since 1984. From 1979 until 1984 he was apprenticed under the direct tutelage of Master Painter Mahendra Sharma in Jaipur, India.

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Ajay Sharma, 2014. From the Zodiac series.


Sharma has built an international reputation based upon the many artists and students who have passed through his school and as a result of his teaching and exhibition history both in India and abroad. In 2010 he exhibited his collaborative works with artist Julie Evans in ‘Cowdust’ at the Julie Saul Gallery, New York. The exhibition received significant reviews in Art in America (Anna MeCugni, January 2011), Art Forum (Ida Panicelli, February 2011) and Vogue Italia (Emanuel, Lugli, November 2011). He has taught miniature painting at the Jaipur Virasat Foundation; the Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha; the University of Baroda; the Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi; the Ahmadabad Fine Arts College and the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London.

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The work of Francine Haywood, first time student of Ajay Sharma.


Ajay Sharma is an expert in the field of Mughal miniature painting, conservation and copy work. He has formidable knowledge in the research, preparation and practice in pigments, composition and drawing, brushes and gold leaf. He specialises in all types of miniature and mural painting including Tantra painting, Rajput Painting, Kota School and Jaipur School, Rajput and his practice spans new creations, collaborations, traditional style, portrait painting and commission work. His major preservation and conservation projects include the Heritage Hotel Samode Palace and the Multan Estate in Jaipur, India.