Sri Prabha Artist Biography
Sri Prabha utilizes scientific iconography and recent discoveries to create colorful mixed media works that addresses humanities various levels of integration with nature and the cosmos. He is a contemporary mixed media artist originally from Hyderabad, India. His works incorporate vivid colors, linear shapes, and geometric patterns on strong color fields. Intersections of art, nature, and science are revealed thru his works. His cosmos series is inspired by photographs taken by the Hubble Telescope.
During his childhood, Sri was surrounded by bold vibrant colors, amazing nature, lively festivals, contemplative meditation, and wonderful aromas from the kitchen and spice markets of India, all creating memories and experiences that laid the groundwork for his art. Since his early childhood, he was always building objects and drawing came naturally to him. Taking in the energies, emotions, and thoughts and transforming them into paintings and objects was a natural state of being.
Sri’s recent awards include the 2012 SESYNC artists’ residency, the 2011 Innovative Artist Award at Fraker Scott Gallery, and the 2010 Juror’s Award from Smithsonian Affiliate, Annmarie Sculpture and Arts Center. His works are in several private collections in Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Washington, DC, and Copenhagen. He was recently selected for inclusion in Tomorrow Stars at Verge Art Fair, NY and is in a group showing at the Boca Raton Museum of Art thru October 2012. Sri lives, kayaks, snorkels, consumes espresso, and works in Miami.
My dimensional mixed media work addresses humanities various levels of integration with nature, our origins, and the cosmos. I synthesize scientific iconography and recent discoveries to explore these themes.
My 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. 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 and the nature/organicity of Andy Goldsworthy’s materials. Regarding my interest in color, that was shaped by my childhood in India and later as an adult when I saw Rothko’s paintings. They reminded me of red and orange saris, composed with linear bands of brightly hued stripes. The early and later memories of my life, the aggregate of my experiences strongly influence the colors I choose to paint with.
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. I use wood as a compliment to resin adding its inherent warm organic qualities. The final stage of each work is intensive and very detail orientated, finishing every detail to perfection.