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SRI PRABHA

SRI PRABHA

Artist Work

Orbiting Cathedrals
2015
Mixed media, 11 video channels (6 projections,5 monitors)
dimensions variable
Coalescing Galaxies- Varanasi
2012
mixed media
25" x25"
Cosmic Oceans 2
2012
mixed media
12"x12"
Coalescing Galaxies 2
2012
mixed media
7"x7"x3"
Outpost
2014
mixed media installation
dimensions variable
Telluric Shift
2016
Mixed media on wood
60"x60"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
786.220.2774
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.My dimensional abstract paintings of nature and the cosmos are an exploration of our origins based on scientific observation and spirituality.I build up multilayered surfaces, teasing out the final image one layer at a time, manipulating the intrinsic optical and viscous qualities of epoxy resin, with heat, pigments, and gravity. I am especially inspired by the focus of the cosmos in James Turrell’s works, the organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials, and the color field paintings of Gene Davis and Mark Rothko which evoke memories of Indian Saris with bright reds and orange, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. My art works are conceptualized based on various scientific discoveries that inform and amaze me, and deeply impact my place in the world. Discoveries by instruments like the Hubble Telescope and deep sea exploration vehicles profoundly impact my sense of being. Resin in particular I use for its malleability. Pigments, minerals, and other materials are incorporated into this primordial soup to build positive and negative spatial planes, allowing multiple surfaces to coalesce into various ethereal forms. The process is aided by subtle manipulation of air currents with a propane torch and gravity. I add or subtract elements like pigment, minerals and metal flakes painstakingly until the proper shapes and forms appear. Compositions within various forms are symbolic of galaxies, star clusters, and other merging cosmic bodies. Other surfaces explore the impression of intricate deep ocean trenches and chemosynthetic life. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.

Artist Bio

Sri Prabha is a mixed media artist originally from Hyderabad, India. His artistic training includes the Cornish College of the Arts which was later augmented with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. He works deftly across a range of mediums that include installations, video, sculptural paintings, photography, and prints.

Themes he investigates include scientific discoveries like quantum foam, images from the Hubble Telescope, and knowledge gained from deep sea exploration vehicles. Additionally, he integrates into his aesthetic process tenants of geography, nature, time, human origins, and the cosmos. Prabha reconciles the old and new by synthesizing deeper understandings of our relationship to the natural world. He asks how our new intellectual understandings compare with our emotional responses to these discoveries.

He was recently named best visual artist for 2015 by Broward Palm Beach New Times and shown in the historic south Florida survey show 100+Degrees in the Shade. He has exhibited at Young at Art Museum, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, The Deering Estate, Boca Raton Museum of Art, pop up installations at the Dupont Building, the Ingraham Building, and downtown Hollywood.

Sri’s awards include a Broward Artists grant, Brush Creek and SESYNC artists’ residency, the Innovative Artist Award at Fraker Scott Gallery, and the Juror’s Award from Smithsonian Affiliate, Annmarie Sculpture and Arts Center and winning the Ford Motion in Drive video award. He has taught photography and mixed media at NSU Museum of Art, video art at Film Arts Foundation and Expression Center for New Media in San Francisco. His works are in several private collections in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Washington, DC, and Copenhagen. Sri divides his time between Maryland ,Florida, and anywhere natural wonders may arise.