Prakash Joshi is an artist of creative transience. His paintings, ink-drawings and sketches capture the ephemeral in Nature as striking if quiet abstractions.
His creations go beyond theobvious in the animate and inanimate objects and bring out the subtle vibrancyunderneath their visual forms. His works look familiar and yet so distant.
His ink-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.
Rivers hold a particular allure and perhaps even fading dread for the artist. He feels a mysterious spiritual connection 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 is the disappearance of the mythical River Saraswati, on whose banks ancient sages are believed to have composed the great Vedas in India.
Joshi’s creations are spontaneous reflections of his own existential turmoil. “For me, art is a bridge the universe,” he says.