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Mark Sharma

Mark Sharma is of Fijian Indian, Southern Maori and European descent.  He has exhibited for 20 years in group and solo shows.  In 2000 he staged a works on paper exhibition at New Zealand House in London.  Mark is also a designer in software development, gallery and museum exhibitions.

The artist's work is not representational of a specific place, although he is influenced by his home environment, the Otago Peninsula, with land and seascape forms coming through in his artwork.

New works continue to use a growing palette of symbols, lotus flower, waka/huia and geometric patterns reflecting Mark's heritage and personal aesthetic.  The image of the lotus flower has long been used in Egyptian, Buddhist and Hindu cultures and is associated with the human soul of an individual, gods and goddesses.  The lotus flower symbolises purity, enlightenment, wealth and rebirth.

The geometric patterns take inspiration from traditional Fijian Masi art and the recent controversy over the trademarking of traditional patterns by Fiji Airways.  The pattern of lines also reminiscent of the late Ralph Hotere's work Black Union Jack.

"My work concerns ideas developing from my cultural heritage and interest in communication, translation, balance, identity and the creative imagination.  I like the way I can explore the way the human mind works in a different manner since I work as a software design engineer in a pixel perfect environment."

Awards & Residencies
2012: Port Chalmers Artist in Residence
1998: Cleveland Art Awards, Dunedin - Awards for Sculpture & Works on Paper
1996: Southland Museum & Art Gallery - Eileen Latham Award

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