Fantasy Paintings

Vijaylaxmi Deepak

Artist Vijaylaxmi Deepak Mer

Joined Craft Tatva: July 2021

I believe we need fantasies to escape from reality from time to time. My work with builders and architects early in my career as a heavy influence on my style. I use mixed media and play with textures by using unconventional materials such as jute, sheet metal, etc. It adds more depth to my art and helps me transcend the painting beyond its visual appeal. The motive is to make you wander into parts of your mind you didn’t know existed. I hope that through my painting, you get to spend some time there.

Focus Areas: Fantasy

Artworks by Vijaylaxmi Deepak Mer

About Vijaylaxmi Deepak Mer

VijayLaxmi Deepak Mer is a senior artist; a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Banaras Hindu University (1985), a wife, a mother of two, an avid practioner and advocate of Yoga, a believer of homemade remedies to cure any illness, a master craftsman, a loving and very outgoing neighbour and above all, a person with a passion and determination to pursue what she desires with conviction. But there is a lot more to her than these adjectives and identities. A thoughtful mind and an ever curious attitude – she loves to experiment with her craft – trying new ideas and giving shape to her wanderlust through new materials and painting techniques.

Her previous works have been featured in newspapers, magazines, and news channels and have been centred around celebrating femininity – the female figure, the quintessential feminine nature that each one of possesses even though we may not be aware of its existence within us, the nurture, the longing, the wait, the daydreaming, the mind-wandering & wondering, and the lust for life.

Her love for everything art and beauty cemented itself when she first met her friend, husband and guru in college – Late Mr. Deepak Mer – where they became lovers first and ultimately, life partners. Starting a new life with very humble beginnings, she and Deepak, embarked on a wonderful, eventful, and happy adventure. Together they dove deep into the world of art in their 40s after their children were settled in their careers, and put up numerous exhibits all over India, also realizing their love for travel whenever they got the chance. They are both renowned and celebrated both as an “artist couple” as well as individuals in their own right – for their own unique style and aesthetic of painting. Deepak, sadly, passed away in May this year and since then, life has been all about living and creating art for him with his trademark dedication and passion.

Her latest exhibit, A flight of Fantasy – is an ode to daydreaming. She has attempted to give shape and form to the worlds her mind created while lost in wonderlands. The exhibit, in fact, falls on their 33rd Wedding anniversary and is touted to be emotional, momentous, and extremely special. It will be a tribute to their life together, the good times, and a promise to live life fully, by remaining true to a quote Deepak often said “The show must go on”.

Solo Exhibitions:

2019 – A Flight of Fantasy – Solo show at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2013 – Online solo show – India Art Collectors 1st May to 15 th May
1986 – B.H.U. Varanasi
1985 – B.H.U. Varanasi

Group Exhibitions:

2020: RangMalhar 2020 Online Art Exibition, Jaipur
2019: Himachal State Art Exhibition, Shimla
2019: Lalit kala Akademi Kala Mela, Sir J J School of Art, Mumbai
2019: State Lalit kala Akademi Kumbh, Prayagraj
2018: State Lalit kala Akademi (Women Artist), Lucknow
2018: Lotus Art Show (Women Art Foundation), Mumbai
2017: “The 16th Tsai-Mo Art Festival in Taichung”, Taiwan
2017: “Finext National Exhibition”, Bhopal
2016: “The 15th Tsai-Mo Art Festival in Taichung”, Taiwan
2016: M P Art Guild, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
2015: “The 14th Tsai-Mo Art Festival in Taichung”, Taiwan
2015: Group Show, Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2015: “The 20th Da Dun Arts Exhibition of Taichung City”, Taiwan
2014: Maharashtra State Art Academy at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
2014: Annual Show – Artists’ Centre, Mumbai
2014: Art Gate Gallery, Mumbai
2014: M P Art Guild, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (Award)
2014: U.P. Lalit Kala Academy, Uttar Pradesh
2014: 3rd All India Women Artists Exhibition 2014 at Artscape, Chandigarh
2014: Aaytana Art Gallery, Pune.
2014: “Expressions of Beauty” – An Online Art Exhibition by Indian Art Collectors
2014: “Art Mart Show”, Khajuraho
2013: “Mumbai on Canvas – An Art Exhibition” held at NCPA, Mumbai & Online Exhibition
2013: Alumni Art show BHU, Varanasi
2013: Art Society of India, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

Camps:

2014 – All India Painters and Writers camp, at Mega Mala, Allahabad
2019 – Art Yard Foundation (2018) – SCZCC Camp in Kumbh, Prayagraj, U.P.
2019 – Lifescapes Artcamp, Lebua Hotel, Lucknow Saraca Art Gallery U.P.
2020 – Art Yard Camp, Alibaug, Maharashtra

Awards & Honours:

1982, 1983, 1984, 1985: Sketch competitions: Second Position
2014: M P Art Guild, Madhya Pradesh
2017: W 17, Bhilwara, Special Award
2020: Mask – O – Philia International Mask Painting 2020, Jaipur – Second Place

Scholarships:

Scholarship: Faculty of Visual Arts, Banaras Hindu University Year: 1981, 82, 83, 84, 85

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