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 six 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
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.
have been practicing and exhibiting my artworks for about 18 years now, working
primarily on canvas and often on a very large scale. At present I am engaged in
building a body of watercolour works, through which I want to revisit the
notion of Painting and its relation to Art. My works reflects concerns about
our environment as well as my own experiences of coming from a small town,
leading a simple life, and being thrown unprepared into the chaos of urban
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.
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.