“Pulsating strokes enliven the remnants of nature . . . .”
Rajesh Harsh‘s idea of looking at sublime nature in captivating fantasy has resulted in magnificent images of its scanty remnants coming alive with a silent union of flourishing greenery. Through his vivid imagination, he has turned the sublime nature into the architecture of beauty ending the environmental conflicts and infusing a romantic amalgamation of scientific thinking and artful execution of vibrant images on his canvases – what he terms as the impact of ‘science on art’ and ‘art on science’. However, neither of these two elements finds a heightened glorification in his majestic landscapes. The effect is mild and gentle in approach.
The mesmerizing rhythm of calculative wiry strokes builds up the animation on the surface that gives a silent momentum to the vibrant colors in different hues and tones. The angelic beauty of nature is returned gracefully with his meditative thoughts to the canvas with the equal dignity that has a crispy, vibrating sensibility within that has a peaceful eloquence. Amidst the aggressive depth of colluding colors, Rajesh has maintained the serenity that only nature can give to mankind. Most of his works are inundated with a dense foreground with the delightful froth of gentle colors illuminating the skies overhead with a spiritual glow. The intensity of colors in contrasting variations gives a wispy, feathery feel and the thickness of the pigment wafts through racy and soft strokes like the gentle wind; in every direction in a curvilinear, straight, or circular motion. This aspect has become his signature now, spanning more than three decades, and more than one hundred and fifty solo shows as well as group shows in India and abroad, however, Rajesh’s works are a major shift than earlier works that were a mixture of landscape and astronomical symbols. Moon perhaps is the lone surviving symbol that bravely stands up to his avowal of giving an astronomical feeling of the past; a faithful recognition of his style of yore.
One can find a naughty bend in his crispy and vibrant but nocturnal compositions, which amply demonstrates the way he reminisces the moving scenes for creating ideas out of them, as he sits before the canvas and dips his brush into color after finishing the day’s journey sitting stubbornly by the window of the bus or train observing the world outside. An amusing confession that he shares with me during a friendly interaction, matures his childish sensibility into manliness that we all can witness in his compositions.
Following are the shows and camps in which Rajesh Harsh has participated till date.
2016 Majestic Landscape-10 –Gift of Nature at Convention Foyer Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2016 Majestic Landscape-9 –Brush with Nature at AIFACS Rafi Marg New Delhi
2015 Majestic Landscape-8 at Convention Foyer Habitat Center, New Delhi
2015 Majestic Landscape-7 at Nehru Center, London
2014 Majestic Landscape-5 at Convention Foyer Habitat Center, New Delhi
2014 Majestic Landscape-4 at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi
2012 Majestic Landscape-3 at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi
2011 Majestic Landscape-2 at Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Azad Bhawan, Delhi.
2006 Majestic Landscape-1 at Russian Cultural Center, New Delhi
2000-2009 At Nehru Planetarium, Teen Murti House, New Delhi
1989-1990 Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
2017 DMRC Camp at Shashtri Park New Delhi
2017 2nd INTERNATIONAL ART SYMPOSIUM by I ART at Gurgaon NCR
2016 FACE INDIA INTERNATIONAL at Delhi India
2016 1st INTERNATIONAL ART SYMPOSIUM by I ART at Gurgaon NCR
2013 SENIOR ARTIST CAMP, Organized by AIFACS, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
2010 JUNIOR ARTIST CAMP, Organized by AIFACS, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, India
2010 NAI UMEED CAMP Organized by LALIT HOTEL, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi,
2009 DELHI BHAGIDARI Delhi Govt. organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
2004 KUTUB FESTIVAL organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi
2002 YOUNG ARTIST CAMP, Organized by AIFACS, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, India,
1987 Yuva Mahotsava 3rd by Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.
Also, Mr. Rajesh Harsh has participated in 50+ groups shows all over India.