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Shahid Parvez is constantly expressing a playful, exuberant happiness in everything he does, including his Art. Talking with him, listening to his enthusiasm and the excitement in his voice of the observations of life surrounding him, you learn that he loves to have fun with those that he comes into contact with and to share with them the pleasure of happiness and laughter. 
The work of Shahid has been described repeatedly as ‘child like’ and indeed it has an innocence of fun and playfulness exuding from it and whilst Shahid may draw inspirations from children around him, along with his own childhood memories and experiences, he gives us this insight through the medium of his Art. There is a much more deliberate and educated side to his work, perhaps played down and overlooked by these innocent child like descriptions. This level of maturity goes well beyond the ‘child like’ in its dominion of intellectual descriptiveness of the imagery and places this work well into the realm of the adult.
His humble beginnings from Tribal and Folk Arts of Rajasthan have led him into an area of printmaking, painting and sculpture that is continuing to develop into a more and more sophisticated Art. 
Shahid has a unique style all of his own which has very little influence from others and makes his work very recognisably his. I associate a period of his earlier works where human figures, animals and objects were given a freedom and detachment and allowed to float within his compositions in a way that can be aligned to western motifs of cherubs and angelic figures as with the Art of Chagall.
His printmaking has developed from etchings of superb images of tigers and of romanticised couples, which have been common-place themes of imagery that reoccur continually in his work, into serigraphs of multiple coloured registrations creating surfaces of incredible richness and extravagance. 
His paintings with their multiple surface layering’s act in defusing the sometimes explicitly charged renditions of flirtations as in ‘time for love’ with the obvious placement of the heart shaped time piece, a discreet twist of a nipple and the cats tail being held suggestively.
In the land of Karma Sutra we are reminded of the fun of foreplay before the final act of copulation, we are reminded of the stimulations of a romantic era almost lost to the generation of youth today. The repeated use of the delicate lotus flower, the power of the elephant and aggressiveness of the tiger in his work, of course aids to reinforce the symbolic gesturing of romantic couplings as Karma Sutra despite these being softened into the background and the layering’s beyond the figurative surfaces. 
We see voluptuous breasts on young female figures flying with wild abandon in all directions, occasionally uncovered, but not with the intentions of sexual exploitation but to describe femininity in its transformation from pubescence of the girl into the maturity of the woman, this is best described visually in the serigraph titled ‘who wants to grow up’.
These works are hardly ‘child like’ in their sophisticated subliminal metaphors. 
We are also presented with playful works that portray the animal as playthings and toys where the ‘child like’ returns as such to describe the enjoyment of daily life with family and friends and of holidays and of new bikes. In this way Shahid reminds us of the child at heart within us and that we must remember to enjoy our memories from our childhood and to make every day as much fun as we possibly can.
Shahid brings to share with us in this exhibition a few pieces of his most recent project with children. The Rocking Horse, what fun, who of us did not enjoy a toy with rocking motions? My own memories of the rocking horse, I had to share with 9 other siblings are prominent with bursts of tears not only when my toe was caught under the rocking foot of the horse but of my turn taking so long in coming round, what fun it was. 
In and around Udaipur there has been a reduction in the manufacture of toys to only one maker left. With this Rocking Horse project, Shahid is committed to including 500 children who will paint their own rocking horse as well as business persons to personalise their own horse. Shahid wishes to join the whole community with the desire for every person involved to remember their child hood and for their experiences of this project to have a resounding ripple effect deeper into the lives of the locals and bring Art into their homes.
Our memories and recollections of experiences throughout our lives combined with the knowledge we acquire during our studies and then the living of life give us the ability to enjoy Art and to read Art on many levels, but Shahid in all of his subtleties of wisdom is telling us to view Art through the innocent eyes of the child we once were.
Geoffery B Mason


Born 1970, Udaipur

Masters Degree in Drawing & Painting with Gold Medal from M.L. 
Sukhadia University, Udaipur, 1993

Assistant Professor, Visual arts, College of Social Science and Humanities, MLSU, Udaipur


1990    Maharana Raj Singh Award, Maharana Mewar Foundation,Udaipur.
1993-94    Won Prizes for Cartooning, Poster Making, Painting and Collage in the National and West Zone Inter University Youth Festivals
1993    Appreciation Award, Mahakaushal Kala Parishad, Raipur.
1995    State Artist Award, RLKA, Jaipur.                                                                                                                                                            
1997    AIFACS Scholarship Award, New Delhi.
1997    Wales/Rajasthan Exchange Scholarship Award, British Council , New Delhi.
1997    State Artist Award, RLKA, Jaipur.
1998    All India Art Biennale Award, RLKA, Jaipur.
2003    Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) Award, British Council, New Delhi.
2005    The Royal West of England Academy Award, Bristol, UK.
2006    74th Annual All India Art Exhibition Award, AIFACS, New Delhi.
2008    “Aranya 2008” RAD, Kolkata, India.     


1990    Information Center Udaipur, INDIA.
1991    Art Fair, Udaipur by RLKA, Jaipur INDIA.
1997    LTG Art Gallery, New Delhi, INDIA.
1999    James Harvey Gallery, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
2001    Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi, INDIA.
2001    WZCC, Udaipur INDIA.
2002    Galerie “ LE Volcan” Paris, FRANCE.
2003    Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Cardiff U.K.
2004    La Bicyclette Café, Paris, FRANCE.
2005    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai INDIA.
2006    “Be Art ” Gallery, Bagoor, SPAIN.
2006    Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi, INDIA.
2007    Art – Effect, De Galerie, Den Haag, HOLLAND.
2008    Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi, INDIA.
2009    La Distillerie Art House, Bulle, SWITZERLAND.    
2009    M art centre, Shanghai, CHINA.
2011    Interart Gallery, Heeswijk, HOLLAND.
2012    Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi, INDIA.


1995-2005    National Art Exhibition, New Delhi.
1997-2002       Mini Print International Exhibition, SPAIN.     
1997-2002    Bharat Bhwan Biennale of Graphics, Bhopal, INDIA.
1998    3D Gallery, Bristol, Wales U.K.
1999    “The Millennium Mask”  Dhoomimal Art Centre, New Delhi.
2000    “Relativities” The 4th British International Miniature Print Exhibition, U.K.
2001    “Wales Dunes” British Council, New Delhi, INDIA.
    “Tradition to Modernity” Fulda, GERMANY.

2003    International d’art Miniature prints Exhibition, CANADA.
    International Triennial of Graphic Art Bitola, MACEDONIA.
    The 9th International Art on Paper Fair, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.

2004    Waiheke Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand.
    IV Printmaking Festival of Evora, PORTUGAL.
    Mini Print triennial, FINLAND.

2005    Contemporary Chronicles, Art Alive Gallery New Delhi.
     “Beyond the Border” the Wales international storytelling festival, UK.

2006    “Entrusted” an exhibition of CWIT scholars, British Council, New Delhi.
2007    “An Artistic Journey” Rajasthan and UK, Chandigarh INDIA.
2008    Frank Museum of Art at Otterbein Collage in Ohio USA.
     Galerie de Compagnie, HOLLAND.
     “Ananya” Bajaj Capital Art house, Habitat Centre New Delhi, India.
     ART today in Rajasthan, Dhoomimal art centre New Delhi, India.
2009    7th International Biennial exhibition of Engraving, Paris FRANCE.
2010    ICA Gallery Jaipur, INDIA.

2011    Group Show at New Terminus, Organized by Gallery Artchill, Jaipur Airport,
     “Portrait of an artist” Dhoomimal art centre, New Delhi,
     Wales Rajasthan Exchange Exhibition, JKK Jaipur,
     Wales Rajasthan Exchange Exhibition, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff, UK.
     “Delineation” Queen’s art gallery, British Council, New Delhi, 
2012    Group Show at Trident BKC, Mumbai, organized by Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort,  Jaipur
    Group Show by Artchill at Mumbai , .

2013    Jaipur Art Summit, JKK, Jaipur, INDIA.
     “Confluence des Arts” Gallery Artchill, Amber Palace, Jaipur
     “Art Fusion Show” Nehru Centre Art Gallery , Mumbai .

2014    'India - The Revealed Mysteries' in Conjunction with Venice Biennale 2014 , Venice , curated by Sandro Orlandi,  sponsored by Gallery Artchill.
2014    All India Exhibition at Jaipur Art Summit,  Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
2014    'Contemporary Figuration' Group show  at  Juneja Art Gallery.
2014    'Treasures of Rajasthan Season II' at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
2015    'Desires and Explorations' Group Show at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.
2015    'THE REVEALED MYSTERIES' Group Show at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur.
2015    'ART WALK' Group Show at Juneja Art Gallery, Jaipur. 
2015    Jaipur Art Summit JKK, Jaipur.
2016    Group Show at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur.


1994        National Art Festival, Chandigarh.
1995        Student Graphic Workshop, WZCC, Udaipur.
1997        All India Graphic camp by “Aaj” Udaipur.
1997        All India Graphic Workshop, Jawahar Kala Kendr, Jaipur , Raj.
2003        All India Graphic Camp, WZCC, Udaipur.
2008        Painting Camp by Dhoomimal’s City Gallery, New Delhi.
2008        Painting Camp by Secure meters, Udaipur.
2009        All India Painting workshop by Artchill, Amber Fort, Jaipur.
2010         Painting Workshop by Lalit Kala Academy Lucknow.
2011        International painting workshop, MLSU ,Shilpgram, Udaipur, Raj.
2012        All India Painting workshop, MLSU and RTDC, Kumbhalgarh, Raj.
2012        National Art camp, Kalaneri Gallery , Jaipur, Rajasthan.
2013        All India Painting workshop ,MLSU and RTDC, Kumbhalgarh, Raj.
2014        All India Graphic Workshop, Jawahar Kala Kendr, Jaipur , Raj.


The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol ( UK), British Council New Delhi, West Zone Culture Center Udaipur, National Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, State Lalit Kala Academy Lucknow , Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy Jaipur, MLSU, Udaipur, R.T.D.C. Udaipur, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, and many private collections in India & abroad.

Organized workshops with children from schools, slums, and young prisoners