Shikha's work can be seen on exhibition at various Plano public libraries, and the Plano Art Association spaces.
Shikha Bajaj is an artist based out of Plano (Texas). She trained in India as a Fashion designer at the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (New Delhi). After working for a few years in the field of fashion, she took a break to raise her two children. She got the opportunity to go back to school and work with a number of accomplished international professional artists in the DFW area.
Shikha has dabbled with multiple media over the years. In acrylic paintings, her work has moved between abstract and non-objective. She favors non-objective abstract art over realistic paintings, stressing the balanced composition of color and form to communicate her ideas. Themes such as nature and the spiritual are consistent undercurrents in her works, although the casual observer will be hard-pressed to see any recognizable symbols. Another consistent aspect of her work is the use of multiple canvases to tell a continuing story. Several works, such as Elements, require the four canvases to be seen together to understand the meaning of the various transitions, and how the contrast is created between different forms and colors.
Over the last few years, she has devoted herself to water-color painting. The immediacy, decisiveness, and spontaneity of watercolors is alluring and challenging at the same time. The subjects have ranged from highly realistic still life to abstract landscapes.
In acrylic paintings, my work has moved between abstract and non-objective. I favor non-objective abstract art over realistic paintings, stressing the balanced composition of color and form to communicate my ideas.
In acrylic paintings, my work has moved between abstract and non-objective. I favor non objective abstract art over realistic paintings, stressing on the balanced composition of color and form to communicate my ideas.
Watercolors will not be controlled. They have a mind of their own. The artist must learn to bend to the will of the medium and learn to flow with the color. This willfulness of the paint is both punishings as it leaves no room for error, and rewarding because the results will always surprise. The brilliance, luminance, and spontaneity of the medium are unparalleled.
A Tanjore painting is a traditional Indian Gold Leaf painting characterized by surface relief work, vibrant colors, and embellishments of semi-precious stones giving the work a three-dimensional effect. It is one of the most popular forms of classical Indian painting, from the city of Thanjavur. This is my take on the native art form - reimagined, simplified and made more accessible.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
My daughter has been attending art lessons with Shikha since she was in third grade. I may not be an artist, but even I can see the leaps and bounds she has made in her art. I am so thankful to Shikha for sharing my daughter’s love of art and encouraging her to sharpen her skills.
“Shikha’s art classes have been a blessing. My daughter has been attending her classes for many years now and thoroughly enjoys them. She feels relaxed when she is at Shikha’s Friday class in spite of being tired after the full week. Her concepts and skills in various forms of art have improved significantly by each passing year. Shikha is extremely patient with the kids and maintains a fine balance between allowing the kids to be creative on their own and also challenging them to advance with each piece they work on. Thank you Shikha for being a lovely teacher and guide!