Ustad Haji Mohammed Sharif

Haji Mohammed Sharif traced his lineage of miniature painters to his grandfather, Ustad Allah Ditta, who founded an atelier at the princely court of Patiala. Haji’s work does not belong to any one school , unlike his father and grandfather , Haji was a traditional miniature painter, he primarily painted in the Mughal style, favoring Sikh and Mughal themes.Haji made his own brushes from squirrel hair and was very possessive of them. He made his own colors, prepared the wasli from the thin sheets of paper glued together and beat thin strips of gold into leaf for special effects.Haji painted numerous portraits of Mughal royalty, high-ranking officials, and Sikh Gurus. Many of these had intricate gold leaf borders also painted by Haji.

Haji taught technique and philosophy of miniature painting at the Mayo School of Arts from 1945 to 1966.


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