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Nataraj Sharma

The Iron Man

by Andrew Maerkle

AIR SHOW2005, Cast and welded iron sculpture, 120 x 96 x 24 in. Courtesy Bodhi Art.

Based in the small city of Baroda in Gujarat, Nataraj Sharma has resisted the lure of India's major centers such as Mumbai and New Delhi, embracing his position as an artist "on the periphery." Sharma's figurative, fantastic paintings exhibit a unique sense for the alien aspects of everyday life and the brutal intersections between man and primitive machine or proto-industry. His large-scale mixed-media sculptures, often wrought in iron-a…

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