Paintings, ink-drawings and sketches by Prakash Bal Joshi, a Mumbai,India,-based artist, reflect a recurring theme"”the transient nature of life and the Nature itself.
Joshi's creations go beyond, what he calls the outer look of various animate and inanimate objects that populate this planet, and try to reveal the subtle nature lying underneath their visual forms. Thus the buildings, streets, trees, bushes, lakes, rivers and myriad other objects he paints assume mystical aura about themselves. His ink or pen-on- paper sketches and drawings portray massive changes in the urban landscape brought on by development that reflect two self-contradictory movements"”rise in material comforts and fall in values. Some of them show in subdued hues human emotions like love and disillusionment while a few others simply convey the complications of human mind through a series of mazes.
Joshi feels a mysterious spiritual connect with rivers"”something that seems to stem from his childhood tryst with swimming in a river which almost ended in his drowning. He evocatively uses river as a visual metaphor in his works to portray the flow of life, and the loss he feels when he thinks of many rivers that have been lost due to ravages of Time. His most enduring interest, bordering almost on obsession, is the disappearance of the mythical River Saraswati, on whose banks ancient sages are believed to have composed the great Vedas in India.
Destruction of environment through human greed also forms a powerful narrative in Joshi's paintings. They show how the Nature goes through the cycle of creation, destruction and creation again.
All of Joshi's creations, he confesses, are spontaneous reflections of the turmoil he feels within over Existence and the purpose of his own part in it. "For me, art is a spiritual quest that connects me with the whole universe," he says.
graduate from Pune University, India .
artist\author written three books based on experiences in urban life
* Art Expo New York April 2019
* Amalgamation 5 , 2019 March
* Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2017
* Artistree Gallery Mumbai, November 2014
* Arterie Fine Arts, Chicago, USA 2013
•Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Mumbai 2013
art installation – Coal Block
* India Art Festival 2012 Mumbai –
installation – "God Particle" / showcasing latest work on canvas
* Art Basel ,Switzerland - 2012 (biggest art festival in Europe)
exhibition of work on canvas
* Participation in Whasup – artfestival at Lokhandwala complex,Andheri ,Mumbai . Art installation Mumbai Facebook 2012 depicting how people living in metropolis like Mumbai become faceless.
* Participation in Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2012, Mumbai – hanging installation of a HandCart
As a symbol of human endeavor .
* Nibru will also pass – an exhibition of paintings at Art Buy Appointment Gallery at
Juhu, Mumbai . 2012
* Participation in India Art Festival -2011 , Nehru Centre in Mumbai
* Worlds within World – Bajaj Art Gallery 2011 exhibition presented by
Mumbai ARt Kollective (MARK)
* Solo show hosted by Leela Kempanski , Bangalore in June 2011 on the occasion of the International Environment Day . Launched by grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi Sumitra Gandhi Kulkarni .
* Solo show of PBJ art work at Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal for one month –November 2010
* Pune Artfest 2010 organized by the Indiaart Gallery at Empress Garden Pune to observe
World Environment Day. Live demonstration for group of amateur artists by Prakash Bal Joshi
* Las Vegas International Exhibition of select artists February 2010 at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art . The museum authorities decided to include PBJ's art work in permanent collection
* A group of authors, photographers and artists undertake to record life in Dharavi- the biggest slum in Asia in central Mumbai. The slum will be demolished to make way for high-rise towers.
PBJ participates in the Dharavi documentation project 2010
* PBJ's art work exhibited at the Kalaghoda festival Mumbai -2010
* Art work selected for IV Biennial of Coruche, Portugal -2009
* Online exhibition World Water Day 2009
recorded on the UN website along with important events of the Day.
* Two-week solo exhibition "subtle changes" at the Indiaart gallery Pune 2009.
* Art auction for Children of Malavai
Auction conducted by noted curator Erik Throstvedt
Norway - 20009
* Women & Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration
Minneapolis University, USA 2008
* Participation in the international group show organized by
Galerija Vernissage, Osjik, Croatia -2009
* Artist Center members group show-2009
* "Subtle Changes" solo exhibition of art work depicting impact of climatic changes on environment as well as human behaviour. Exhibition Kitabmahal was launched by artist Nawaz Singhania
while personal website published by Maharashtra Governor S.C.Jamir 2008.
* Participated in group show Explicit -Implicit
at Bangalore Gallery G -2008
* Artist Centre group show 2008
* Artist Centre group show 2006
* Gateway exhibition of paintings and sketches launched by then Maharashtra CM
Vilasrao Deshmukh and renowned editor Kumar Ketkar - 2006