about me

A “self taught” artist, I am a happy mix of self learning and more formally from artists in workshops and institutions.  And after over a dozen years of figuring things out, I wouldn’t want it any other way!

The journey of understanding and making art, for me, is one of a continuous learning process: Improving existing skills, learning new ones and most of all growing with the experiments and experiences.  Drawing and painting are an integral part of my life, something I am passionate about. This blog, Maya, documents the road traveled thus far.

People, their moods, interactions and emotions are an ongoing source of curiosity and interest to me. What I’m searching for is their inner personalities, their thoughts and there are stories I build around them as I work. I like portraying feelings of people when they are alone, lost in their thoughts, caught unawares or engaged in activity which has captured their attention. These are the special moments that appeal to me most. I love to experiment and use a variety of medium ranging from paint, charcoal, printmaking, to clay and the digital medium. Regardless, my focus remains fixed on the human form.

Ujwala Prabhu

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Solo Shows :

Chokher dekha, Praner Katha” a collection of select pieces made in the last 5 years with a concentration on work finished in the last 3.  Gallery Chitrak, Dhaka, May 29 – Jun 5, 2009

Group Shows :

Participated in the First Pullman’s Art Night event hosted by the Pullman Hotel, Gurgaon, Haryana. April 5-12, 2013

Patterns & Expressions” a 3 Women Show held at AIFACS, New Delhi, February 18-24, 2012

“Room with a View” hosted by Nivedita Raitz von Frentz and Sandhya Reddy to showcase the work of 6 artists.  Colombo, November 19, 2011

Participated in Sri Lanka’s first “Colombo Art Biennale“.  The theme for the exhibition was “Imagining Peace“.  You can read about my entry here and about the piece I submitted hereSeptember 10 – 14, 2009

Mechanical Fantasy – Open Studio“, an exhibition of the work produced at the workshop. Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka. January 30, 2009

Jhaal Muri“, an Art & Photography Exhibition on Bangladesh Street Life.  Bay’s Galleria, Dhaka. November 8th – 23rd, 2008

13th Asian Art Biennale 2008, a key art event in the region, organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka showcasing the art of established and young artists from 27 countries, October 21-November 19, 2008

Kormoshala Chapchitra Pradarshini, a group show of prints at the Gallery Chitrak based on work produced by workshop participants and a few guest artists, June 13th-18th, 2008.

In Search of Beautiful Impressions, a group show of prints with participation from leading artists and students of the Institute of Fine Art, Dhaka. June 2nd-4th, 2008 at the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts

Friends & Faces, a Two Women Show, March 16th – 31st, 2008, Dhaka at the Standard Chartered Bank Art Gallery.

SHAKO Group exhibition and Poetry reading to mark International Womens Day, March 7 & 8th, 2008, Dhaka, Bangladesh hosted by Rubana Huq of Monsoon Letters.

UNWA Juried Silent Art Auction at the Mascara Ball 2007 to raise funds for the Hurricane Sidr Relief Fund. Held on December 7th at Pan Pacific, Hotel Sonargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Education:

Art

Monotype in Oil with Mary Beth McKenzie, at The Art Students League New York, New York, August 11th-15th, 2014

The Three Stages of Painting with Cornelia Foss, October 20-21st and Composition and Design in Colour and Values with Brandon Soloff, November 5th-9th, 2012 at The Art Students League New York, New York

Studio Course in Drawing and Painting, with Chandraguptha Thenuwara at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Art (VAFA), Colombo, October-January 2012

Painting from Life, Still Life and Landscape with Peter Homitzky, at The Art Students League New York, New York,  July 2010

Painting from Life, Portraiture, Composition, Color with Mary Beth McKenzie, at The Art Students League New York, New York,  July 2010

Studio Course in Printmaking, Mar – Apr, 2009, held by the University of Development Alternative, with Shahid Kabir.

“Mechanical Fantasy”, Printmaking Workshop, Jan 14th – 22nd, 2009, held by the Britto Arts Trust, an artist-led, not for profit trust committed towards promoting exchange and dialogue between artistic communities internationally and within the region supported by the Ford Foundation.

Painting from Life, Composition, Color with Philip Lawrence Sherrod, at The Art Students League New York, New York, August 2008

Sculpture : Modelling with Clay with Barney Hodes, at The Art Students League New York, New York, August 2008

Printmaking workshop with well known artist Shahid Kabir at University Of Development Alternative (UODA), Dhaka. May 30 & 31st, 2008

Printmaking workshop “In Search of Beautiful Impressions” with Professors Nirmalendu Das and Pinaki Barua from Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan organised and held at the Institute of Fine Arts, Dhaka, sponsored by the Bengal Foundation. May 18th – 24th, 2008.

Creative Drawing & Art Appreciation with Javed Jalil, Dhaka, Nov 2007.

Life Drawing with Kuhu Plamondon, Dhaka, June 2007.

Painting from Life, Portraiture, Composition, Color with Mary Beth McKenzie, The Art Students League New York, New York, July 2006.

Audited the BFA Painting & Sculpture programs, College of Art, New Delhi, 2005-06

Art Classes with Ebenezer Sunder Singh, Sangeet Shyamala, New Delhi, Feb –Apr 2005

Art Classes – drawing, Alexandria, Egypt, Feb 2003

General

Business Management, Marketing and Finance, XLRI, Jamshedpur, 1987-89

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60 thoughts on “about me

  1. Hi Ujwala,

    Got here – don’t know how! A sudden long weekend led to much following of links…. but having got here, am glad I did!

    Great stuff, and all the more wonderful because I can’t remember you doing anything like this. Will visit often, for sure!!

    Cheers,
    Shantaram
    IR 90

  2. Thank you Chugh and Shanta 😀 I’m enjoying this more than anything else that I did before. Glad you found the blog and I hope you will continue to stop by.

  3. I found your blog this morning with the “tag surfing”
    Your work is beautiful, and versatile, your good in many different mediums. I particularly like your portraits, you capture the feel of each person.
    It is 2 years now that I try to draw live models, I appreciate your skills…I’d like to start portraits, you give me inspiration to try,
    I have bookmarked your blog,
    I started a blog in October to “hang” my drawings and have found such an interesting community , resources and inspiration,
    I dont really know the” blog etiquette”, it is all new to me, but I am at:
    http://bendelachanal.wordpress.com
    Bénédicte

  4. Thank you Bénédicte 😀 I hope you wont mind but i’ve corrected the links in the comment above to lead to your blog which is lovely. Most of the portraits on my blog are from photo references unless specified otherwise. Getting people to pose isnt easy 😛 Look forward to seeing you here more often.

  5. Hi! Ujwala,
    I did not get your email as replied by you in this blog!
    I truly want to have my own blog and paint paint paint!! Please write to me at my email add. Also are you familliar with Bangalore? I live here and want to get into an Art group.
    Thanks a Bunch!
    Vasanti

  6. Hi Vasanti, I’ve forwarded the message I had originally sent to you on July 8th. Please check your Spam/Junk folder if you dont see it in your Inbox. I am a bit familiar with Bangalore however, I do not know of any Art Groups there. A visit to the Chitrakala Parishad should give you some leads. All the best with starting a new art blog and Happy New Year!

  7. Nice art blog!!! after going through your blog, this has inspired me to start one art blog of mine… truly inspiring…art work… keep the good work….will keep visiting the blog…for future updates…

  8. Ujwala,

    Hi! Wanted to ask you if i could use the images of your pics on either my website or blog with a back link to ur site – of course!

    They are beautiful & it would provide you with a few back links and your work will get some more exposure.
    Let me know by email !

    Thanks.

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