A lifelong fascination with painting shapes, celebrated Bahrain-base Indian artist Ella Prakash has successfully exhibited her work internationally, including at galleries and venues in London, New York, Miami and Germany, and through her exhibitions she has demonstrated a clear evolution in her approach to art and its truly limitless power.
Ella focuses so closely on the medium of painting - which seems to her almost like a liberation - opening up the potential to give the issue of form and background, space, areas and lines, a new level of concentrated dynamism. In reviewing her artistic concepts, Ella explains the meaning behind her series: “When you start painting, you will always have a base idea of what your finished work should be but, more importantly, you also allow yourself to prepare many alterations of your base idea because, once your mind has decided to steer your thoughts, you start to unravel emotions and strokes that you never initially thought you could express.”
Ella's paintings are certainly distinctive for their bold brush strokes and vibrant colours, and with her current abstract series, Ella challenges herself to unlearn the pattern of control she seeks in representation; thus reinventing the language of anatomy, chiaroscuro, and storytelling. “My spirit is mirrored in my work. I believe that every work of art must carry a message.”
Her paintings record on both micro and macroscopic dimensions, her exploration with a new language that frees her, and welcomes viewers' contemplation. Ella’s signature is clearly legible in these works; in a very loose form they show the visual codes that she has developed in her painting oeuvre over the past years. The works are immediate, expressive and at the same time, fascinatingly calculated, creating unique dreamscapes which reflect the artist’s personal dynamism.
The end result is a direct and spontaneous gesture on canvas that, in turn, is based on insight gained in previous work, and which gives these paintings their inescapable explosiveness. It is in no doubt that her expression and passion for painting inspire viewers to see, feel and enjoy in their unique ways.
What is it that makes this work unique and inimitable? By using a crystalline style, which makes the work simultaneously an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia. Ella creates our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the wilful aspects of remembering and forgetting, with the coincidental and unconscious. On a higher level, she aims to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape. Thus, a figure in motion, a lady moving out of her shadows, can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. In a hybrid language where East meets West, ancient and modern culture come filtered through the sublime patterns of the mirrored motifs.
2018 - Bespoken Art & Lifestyle, Singapore Jewellery & Gem fair. Solo Booth A-10, Singapore.
2017 - Global Art Awards art exhibition, Hotel Armani, Dubai (UAE).
2016 - Art Gemini Prize art exhibition, London.
2016 - India Habitat Centre - Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi, India (solo show).
2015 - Nehru centre, London, UK.
2015 - Art Expo, New York, USA.
2013 - Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK.
2013 - Tad's art gallery, India.
2012 - Renaissance Gallerie, Bangalore, India (solo show).
2011 - Jain Marunouchi Gallery, New York, USA.
2010 - Agora Gallery, New York, USA.
2010 - Marziart Internationale Galerie, Germany.
2010 - Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas, USA.
2010 - Amsterdam Whitney Gallery International, New York, USA.
2010 - Ico Gallery, New York, USA.
2010 - Sam's Art Hub, Mumbai, India (solo show).
2009 - Jain Marunouchi Gallery, New York, USA.
2008 - Exhibition, Delhi, India.
2008 - Ella Art Gallery, Bahrain (solo show).
2007 - Hotel Crown Plaza, Bahrain (solo show).
2006 - Formula 1 Exhibition, Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain.
2004 - Mother & Child Welfare, Bahrain.
1999 - Bahrain National Art Museum, Bahrain.
Shortlisted for the Art Gemini prize, London, UK.
Shortlist for the 4th International Emerging Artist Award.
Collective for Women & Children (CWC), London, 2015. Painting auction for charity.
Arts for India, London, 2015. Painting auction for charity.
International Contemporary Masters Volume III.
New Collectors, 2015.
ATIMS Top 60 Masters, 2015.
10th International the American Juried Art Salon Awards.
TOPTEN International Art Competition, Women in the Arts (Artrom Gallery, Rome, Italy).
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