THE MAKING OF MINIATURES
Even a simple match-stick becomes a work of art in the
hands of Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar, is now 44 years old. He was born deaf and partially mute, but steady determination and strong will-power enabled him to face the challenge of his handicaps.
He was born into a middle class school teacher’s family in Narwana town of Jind Distt. in Haryana. As a child Pradeep was diagnosed by the medical profession to be 75 per cent handicapped. His father Mr.Bal Kishan Swami, was determined that his son should be given the same chances as children who were physically fully-able and that although it would mean a battle against the institutions –medical and educational, he was determined to give Pradeep an education. He also sensed that from a very young age his son had innate talent and as well as being bright he was gifted creatively. So against the odds, he was sent to school where he excelled. He passed his matriculation and is presently employed as a clerk at the PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK IN NARWANA.
Pradeep developed his art of painting and sketching with no formal training or schooling. He began to make paintings of nature, great men, gods and goddesses, at the times when he feel isolated in his own life. He also learnt how to turn pieces of tin in elaborate figurative reliefs. Much of his two dimensional work is made with blackboard chalk carved into carefully observed miniature sculptures. His main works however are the match-sticks carved intricate forms using a razor blade which he later adds colour to accentuate the tiny details.
His works was appeared in “RAW VISION” International Journal of craft LONDON . He participated in the International Art Conference at Rock Garden Chandigarh organized by Nek Chand Foundation U.K. His 16 pieces of matchstick were bought by Four Winds Gallery Beaufort,SC,U.S.A.. GAIA MUSEUM DENMARK bought 15 pieces the permanent collection. He displayed his art at International Trade Fair, 2005 Pragati Maidan New Delhi, & an international Seminar in Delhi, organized by the Indian branch of Disabled Peoples International where he presented a piece of his match stick art to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi the guest of honour.
He has also been selected for a variety of Awards and Honour for his contribution to the world of art and culture, including the National merit certificate 2004 by the Ministry of Textile, Govt. of India, State Award 2004, 2005 by the Industries Dept. Haryana, Outstanding Artist award by Haryana Institute of Fine Art KARNAL, Hon’ble Chief Minister Haryana provided a computer & printer free of cost to develop his art. Red and White Bravery Award for Courage; Haryana State Award and Best Handicapped Artist’s Award.
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