Pratul Dash

Pratul Dash

artist bio

Pratul Dash (b. 1974, Burla, Orissa). He is a multidimensional artist working across diverse media including painting, video art, performance art, photographic art, earth art, installation, and sculpture. He received his Bachelor’s degree from B.K. College of Arts and Crafts, Bhubaneswar in 1995 and his Master’s degree in painting from College of Art, New Delhi in 1998. He has held five solo shows in major art galleries of India and has been a part of many group shows developed by reputed curators.

A recipient of the prestigious Inlaks award, Pratul went for a residency at Cittadelarte in Biella, Italy. He has participated in numerous art camps and residencies and is widely acknowledged for raising various environmental issues about the damages inflicted on the ecological balance, earth and society at large.

artist statement

Coming from an academic background that privileges painting, I have been trying to unite traditional academic realism and my love for narratives, with my need to express socio-political concerns. Through my depictions I have tried to develop a new language.

Coming from an academic background that privileges painting, I have been trying to unite traditional academic realism and my love for narratives, with my need to express socio-political concerns. Through my depictions I have tried to develop a new language.

Since 2003, I have been working with photography and video, focusing more on content and expression rather than technology and gadgets. Somehow this fascination for the ‘low tech’ is also linked to my concerns with neo-liberal urbanization and its resultant socio-economic fallouts. Over the years I have been exploring ‘performative video’ and reacting to site specificity in my art. Currently I am experimenting and expanding my video practice to multi-channel projections, and also exploring possibilities in re-working and re-presenting old photography.

Thematically, my works are mostly research-based which require a long term engagement with my subjects. I am also reworking the motifs I have frequently used up till now by refining my expression and digging deeper into the aesthetics of politics.

Pratul Dash

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