Born and based in Bahrain Indian artist Ella Prakash, founder of Ella art Gallery & Ella Impressions, fashion accessories, she is an Ambassador to Bahrain for Arts of India, an acclaimed artist for feminine-figurative-modern-contemporary art, she showcases positively the liberal art thought process of a highly opinionated artist, she is best known for her inventive techniques and vibrant use of colours. She started her art career in 1984, with a lifelong fascination with painting. She focuses on the topic of discrimination and double standards faced within the walls of her society. Art for her has been a way to express her perception, dreams, and aspirations of women, she visually manages to incorporate all the elements of this topic and create an impact insincere positively.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
I had passion to draw and paint at the age of 8 years and had always dreamt to become a processional artist.
How would you describe your own personal style?
Abstract and contemporary style.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
My daily life experiences, my travels, people around nature inspires, it draws me to the easel, it wonderful to capture various emotions that are unfettered and entirely compatible with my life.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I work in acrylic and oil medium and while using acrylic medium I use bigger brushes for more flow and I use different palette knives for my oil techniques.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
When I have an idea, I work like crazy, but you can’t really get a feeling for the piece until you go through. Preliminary sketches are absolutely critical to creating a finished piece of artwork, but I completely bypass preliminary sketches. I mostly work in larger scale canvases, keeping the initial stage of a sketch in mind then I start the process keeping very limited palette colours, once I come up with my potential idea and concept, sometimes it gets difficult to portray the emotions, but I hold my story within me and start with line, shape, form, colour, texture, value, and space, slowly all comes together, my works are with palette knife the technique I use is very different which needs lots of transparent layers, it goes through many finales before, I consider its completed.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?
As an artist, gallerist and business owner, and with the household responsibilities, sometimes it gets too hectic all together, but I make sure I have enough time to paint, I mostly paint late at night as it gives me a peaceful time to be with my work.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
Yes, one piece at a time, I stay focused on one to convey what I want to express in it.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
If i look back the series I painted entitled “Journey of a woman” “Alleviation “Inner Quest” are very different from my recent works. I have seen tremendous change in life as well with the technique. Art has evolved and impact spiritually in my work new perspective has been reflected in my recent series “The Change” -Transformation. The cosmos is constantly changing and so is every tiny being that is a part of it. In us lies a conscience that grows and bends and molds itself into an entity that the energies we create influence.
This Collection reflects that growth. When one embraces the curve balls life throws and takes that to create an energy that reflects the choices we make, then the process of transforming initiates. This change and subtle growth and depletion is never visible to the naked eye but our aura will always carry a reflection of it and this is never constant. Watching the evolution of the world around, gave the me a new perspective to this chaotic world. In this series, it depicts the transformation that has taken place around me and the language it has spoken with in me. A divine intervention about change and how it is the only constant, struck a conversation between the artist and the medium. This conversation translated so diversely on the canvas lead to a new style which is more evolved and more contemporary in language and colors than her previous work.
Which of your artworks are you most proud off?
“Inception” was very challenging to express the message wanted to convey, but achieved successfully through the technique.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
“We have to keep going. Even when no one else understands what is important to us, you have to hold on to its importance. Never give up, on your dreams. Always believe in yourself and don’t ever give up in what you believe in, if you have burning passion to reach your goals then no one can stop you, face and overcome all the obstacles in life and keep moving towards your journey.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a series for my upcoming solo show “Break Through”
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
My upcoming solo exhibition is in Paris between the 3rd-5th April 2020 at Carrousel du Louvre
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