Modern and Contemporary Art from India
February 25, 2011 through September 4, 2011, San Jose Museum of Art
WATCH IT!, 2005
Oil on canvas
48 x 80 inches
Collection of Dipti and Rakesh Mathur
Photo: Courtesy Talwar Gallery, New York

Sheila Makhijani
Born 1962, New Delhi
Lives and works in New Delhi

Sheila Makhijani stands apart from her peers, who predominantly explore new media and narrative-based work. With an energetic application of paint, she investigates abstraction and shape to invoke nuanced content. In Watch It, Sheila Makijani boldly applied color and elaborate geometry to construct an image that can be read as a macro, aerial view of an imaginary city or an intimate micro portrait of a cell’s interior. The conjured realm suggests a sense of dramatic psychological and physical upheaval.