Pratul Dash /India


On the cusp

When I started my journey as an artist, migrating to a new city, being exposed to the mediatic realism, and being divorced from the environment of childhood had a deep impact on my work. Urbanization and the visual metaphor of human - nature conflict where the primary motifs and migration, the displacement of the self, was the main concern. Having been trained in the tradition of academic realism, for me the construction of reality on a pictorial surface has always been important. For a long time, the pictorial frame for me was a window through with one could engage the viewer into an alternate idea of reality.

Over the years my engagement the pictorial surface has changed. Also, I have become more aware of the painterly possibilities of an image. Now I have begun exploring the painted surface as a window through which one can slowly rupture and fragment the viewers' ideas of realism. The window is now like a rabbit hole that takes you to A world of magical hyper-realism. It is a slow unravelling of how our perception of the world comes through carefully constructed cultural realities and our fear and fantasies.

The cusp of falling and flying has always fascinated me, and it stands as a metaphor for the desire and anxiety that comes with change. Animals and insects have become important motives for me to give hints as to how to world to be perceived differently, they also stand as metaphors of a helplessness that comes being a witness to change that one cannot understand and yet surrounded by.

In this body of work the process of painting and it relationship with the history of image making has become very important to me, and the increasingly as a painter I am exploring the political possibility of stylistic juxtaposition.

P.D.



En la cúspide

Cuando comencé mi andadura como artista, la migración a una nueva ciudad, la exposición al realismo mediático y el divorcio del entorno de la infancia tuvieron un profundo impacto en mi obra. La urbanización y la metáfora visual del conflicto entre el ser humano y la naturaleza fueron los motivos principales y la migración, el desplazamiento del ser, la preocupación principal. Al haberme formado en la tradición del realismo académico, para mí la construcción de la realidad en una superficie pictórica siempre ha sido importante. Durante mucho tiempo, el marco pictórico fue para mí una ventana a través de la cual se podía hacer entrar al espectador en una idea alternativa de la realidad.

A lo largo de los años, mi compromiso con la superficie pictórica ha cambiado. También me he vuelto más consciente de las posibilidades pictóricas de una imagen. Ahora he empezado a explorar la superficie pintada como una ventana a través de la cual se pueden romper y fragmentar lentamente las ideas de realismo del espectador. La ventana es ahora como una madriguera que te lleva a un mundo de hiperrealismo mágico. Es un lento desentrañamiento de cómo nuestra percepción del mundo llega a través de realidades culturales cuidadosamente construidas y de nuestros miedos y fantasías.

La cúspide de la caída y el vuelo siempre me ha fascinado, y se erige como una metáfora del deseo y la ansiedad que conlleva el cambio. Los animales y los insectos se han convertido en motivos importantes para mí para dar pistas sobre cómo percibir el mundo de forma diferente, y también se erigen como metáforas de la impotencia que supone ser testigo de un cambio que uno no puede comprender y del que, sin embargo, está rodeado.

En esta obra, el proceso de pintar y su relación con la historia de la creación de imágenes se ha convertido en algo muy importante para mí, y cada vez más, como pintor, estoy explorando la posibilidad política de la yuxtaposición estilística.

P.D.



BIOGRAPHY

Pratul Dash is born in Burla, India and one of the noted contemporary artists of India today. He works across multiple media channels, including, video, performance, photographic, earth art, installation, and sculpture. He has held six solos in major art galleries of India, participated in about two dozen shows curetted by noted curators of the country; he has participated in a number of major art camps and residency programs. As a recipient of the prestigious Inlaks Foundation Award for which he went to Italy for further studies in fine arts. He has travelled abroad a number of times in connection with various international events. Pratul is widely acknowledged for raising the issue of damage we are doing to our environment, ecology, planet earth, and society at large. He is artistically concerned about the immigration of laborers to cities and the sub-human conditions of living, as the expanding cities encroach upon the surrounding green covers and eco-systems.

BIOGRAFÍA

Pratul Dash nació en Burla (India) y es uno de los artistas contemporáneos más destacados de la India en la actualidad. Trabaja en múltiples medios, como el vídeo, la performance, la fotografía, el arte de la tierra, la instalación y la escultura. Ha expuesto en solitario en seis de las principales galerías de arte de la India, ha participado en unas dos docenas de exposiciones seleccionadas por destacados comisarios del país y ha participado en varios campamentos de arte y programas de residencia importantes. Ha recibido el prestigioso premio de la Fundación Inlaks, por el que se desplazó a Italia para ampliar sus estudios de bellas artes. Ha viajado varias veces al extranjero en relación con diversos eventos internacionales. Pratul es ampliamente reconocido por plantear la cuestión del daño que estamos haciendo a nuestro medio ambiente, la ecología, el planeta Tierra y la sociedad en general. Le preocupa artísticamente la inmigración de trabajadores a las ciudades y las condiciones de vida infrahumanas, ya que las ciudades en expansión invaden las cubiertas verdes y los ecosistemas circundantes.


SOLO SHOWS

2018 In the Twilight Zone, Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi

2010 Metropolitan Matrix, Tamarind Art gallery, New York

2010 Human spaces, Sara Khan Contemporary Art, Schaan, Switzerland

2007 Proxy Horizon, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

2008 Neo-Istoria, Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi

2004 Unidee in Residency - Open House, Cittadelarte, Italy

TWO-MEN SHOWS

2010 1x1 Gallery, Dubai

1999 Lalit Kala Academy, Rabindra Bhawan, New Delhi

1998 Nehru Centre, Mumbai

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 VAICA 2 curated by Bharati Kapadia, Chandita mukherjee and Anuj Daga

PHANATASMAGORIA, LATITUDE 28, New Delhi

2019 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, through the eyes of Artist, ''BAPU'' 150 Years, curated by Uma Nair at Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi Persistence of Memory, Curated by Pranamita Borgohain at Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi

INFINITE CONTINUUM curated by Rahul Kumar for Art Pilgrim Live

2018 ART NOW'18 Third Edition, Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

2017 'Viswaroopa: Form of the Universe curated by Jhony ML, BAAC, Kolkata

Transforming Realities curated by Vikas Kumar, Gallery Art Positive, New Delhi

2016 Enactments and each passing day, an exhibition of moving images curated by

Roobina Karode and Akansha Rastogi, KNMA, Noida, India

2014 India: Maximum City curated by Birgid Uccia for ST. MORTIZ ART MASTER

Postfach, St.Mortiz.

Forms of Activism, curatted by Vivan Sundaram and Sasha Altaf, Lalit Kala Galleries, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi

Scapes: City/ Land, Curated by Karishma Shah, Science Centre Art Gallery, Surat

2013 Aesthetic Bind Phantomata, curated by Geeta Kapur on the occasion of 50 years of Contemporary Art third of five exhibition, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai

2012 Video Wednesday [ii] curated by Gayatri Sinha, Gallery Espace, New Delhi

COLLECTIONS (SELECTED)

The Artist work Represented in part of several important private and public collections in India and abroad including:

National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Swis re, Bangalore, Switzerland

Rai Foundation, New Delhi

Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi

ITM Universe, Gwalior, M.P

Inlaks Foundation, New Delhi

Orissa State Museum, India

Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi, Bhubaneswar

National Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

South Central Zone Cultural Centre, Nagpur

Hindustan Lever Ltd., India.

British Council Division, New Delhi

Gandhi Smriti Darsan, Rajghat, New Delhi

There is much more private collection in India And abroad.

Presently the Artist lives and work in New Delhi, India