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Babu Eshwar Prasad

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Babu Eshwar Prasad’s paintings explore the remembered landscape recreated through the mind’s eye. It is a vision of nature looked at with a naïve sense of wonder, a landscape that is mystical and surreal in conception...

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Babu Eshwar Prasad’s paintings explore the remembered landscape recreated through the mind’s eye. It is a vision of nature looked at with a naïve sense of wonder, a landscape that is mystical and surreal in conception. His mind creates and reforms nature, reconstructing it into new harmonies. His imagery explores a psychic map, which he navigates with the amazement of a child, into a world of chimeras, sacred mountains, speaking trees and unknown waters. This kaleidoscope of organic possibilities of nature and architecture blends labyrinths and deserts, heaven and earth in vast solitude’s beyond time, unfolding hallucinatory space.

Some critics have called these mystical and surreal pictures psychoscapes, or landscapes that have been touched and moulded by the inner self and the alternative reality of dreams. The artist's mind creates and modifies visions of nature, transforming them into patterns and harmonious blends that no one else could imagine, let alone see. There is also a certain nostalgic quality to these psychoscapes, as if the artist is trying to recall the stories and fantasies of his youth, which much to his disappointment have lost their magic when viewed through an adult lens.

Prasad's vocabulary has been describes as an "imagery exploring a psychic map, which he navigates with the amazement of a child, into a world of chimeras, sacred mountains, speaking trees and unknown waters." Often turning to the picture within a picture format, Prasad creates situations that are twisted away from the familiar, but yet not as far away as to be totally unrecognizable. Each form, figure or architectural and natural element is very clear to the viewer, and only transformed in the sense of the role it plays or the position it occupies. Everything that is expected is turned on its head and the artist has no qualms in painting a blood red sky or mountains that are bright yellow.

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  • About Artist

    Babu Eshwar Prasad’s paintings explore the remembered landscape recreated through the mind’s eye. It is a vision of nature looked at with a naïve sense of wonder, a landscape that is mystical and surreal in conception. His mind creates and reforms nature, reconstructing it into new harmonies. His imagery explores a psychic map, which he navigates with the amazement of a child, into a world of chimeras, sacred mountains, speaking trees and unknown waters. This kaleidoscope of organic possibilities of nature and architecture blends labyrinths and deserts, heaven and earth in vast solitude’s beyond time, unfolding hallucinatory space.

    Some critics have called these mystical and surreal pictures psychoscapes, or landscapes that have been touched and moulded by the inner self and the alternative reality of dreams. The artist's mind creates and modifies visions of nature, transforming them into patterns and harmonious blends that no one else could imagine, let alone see. There is also a certain nostalgic quality to these psychoscapes, as if the artist is trying to recall the stories and fantasies of his youth, which much to his disappointment have lost their magic when viewed through an adult lens.

    Prasad's vocabulary has been describes as an "imagery exploring a psychic map, which he navigates with the amazement of a child, into a world of chimeras, sacred mountains, speaking trees and unknown waters." Often turning to the picture within a picture format, Prasad creates situations that are twisted away from the familiar, but yet not as far away as to be totally unrecognizable. Each form, figure or architectural and natural element is very clear to the viewer, and only transformed in the sense of the role it plays or the position it occupies. Everything that is expected is turned on its head and the artist has no qualms in painting a blood red sky or mountains that are bright yellow.

  • Academics

    1992 Master of Fine Arts (Graphics), Faculty of Fine Arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

    1989-90 Kanoria Center for Arts, Ahmedabad

    1989 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting), College of Fine Arts, Bangalore

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2007 ‘Time Past, Time Present, Time to Come…, Bodhi Art, Mumbai

    2002 ‘Smiles and Shadows’, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, Mumbai

    1999 ‘Still Life’s of Emptiness’, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore

    1996 ‘The Midnight Sun’, Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2011 'At Walden Pond', Gallery Beyond, Mumbai

    2010 'A. SYCO', The Viewing Room, Mumbai

    2010 'Size Matters or Does it?', Part2 at Latitude 28, New Delhi

    2010 'Size Matters or Does it?', Latitude 28, New Delhi

    2009-10 'Evidentia', Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore

    2009 'Towards a New Viewership/ Audience', presented by Art and Deal, New Delhi and Bakul Art Foundation, Bhubaneshwar at Art Konsult, New Delhi

    2009 'Re-Visioning Materiality: Part II', Gallery Espace, New Delhi

    2009 'Big Dreams’, Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore

    2009 'Metamorphosis: Change and Continuity in Indian Contemporary Art', Artworks, Cincinnati in Partnership with PAC Gallery, Phyllis Weston-Annie Bolling Gallery and the Krohn Conservatory

    2009 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore

    2008 'The Sun Rises In The East: Contemporary Art From India', Kala Gallery / Gallerie Christian Hosp, Austria

    2002 'Creative Space', presented by Sakshi Gallery at India Habitat Center, New Delhi

    2002 "Finding the Center at the Margins" Apparao Galleries, Chennai

    2001 "Excerpts from Diary Pages", The Fine Art Company, Mumbai

    2001 "On The Edge of Volume", Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

    2001 "Ten Years of Sakshi Gallery" in Bangalore

    2000 Art Today, New Delhi

    2000 Art Indus, New Delhi

    2000 "Eye of the South", Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1999 Art Today, New Delhi

    1998 Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore

    1997 Galleria Mareechika, Kochi

    1997 "50 years of Karnataka Art - A Glimpse", Renaissance Gallery, Bangalore

    1997 "50 years of Karnataka Art", Images Art Gallery, Bangalore

    1997 Video Art, Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore

    1994 "Trends in Contemporary Indian Art", Art Heritage, New Delhi

    1994 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1994 Vithi, Baroda

    1993 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

    1993 Alliance Francaise de Bangalore

    1989 - 90 Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore



    PARTICIPATIONS

    2010 'Size Matters...Or Does It? II', Latitude 28, New Delhi

    2010 'Master’s Corner', organized by Indian Contemporary Art Journal at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; India International Art Fair, New Delhi

    2005 Arad Biennale, Romania

    2005 South Asian Visual Arts Collective (SAVAC), Toronto

    1995 All India Fine Arts Exhibition, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore

    1993 "Prints Today", Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy, Bangalore

    1988 AIFACS Exhibition, New Delhi

    1988-91 National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi

  • Award & Recognition

    2001 Camlin Art Foundation

    2000 Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy

    1999 Camlin Art Foundation

    1998 H.K. Kejriwal Young Artist Award

    1995 All India Fine Arts Award, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath

    1989-91 National Scholarship, Ministry of Human Resource Development

    1997 Junior Fellowship, Ministry of Human Resource Development

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