Pratap SJB Rana

India


Pratap SJB Rana succumbed to the call of his heart and left a thirty year career in the corporate sector to put brush to canvas. He brings a wonderful syncretic sensibility to his work which is influenced by his origins in Nepal and tenures across South East Asia and Sri Lanka. 

Pratap's works are contemporary yet rooted in tradition. The use of bold colours reflects his passion for life, while the layering and play of brushstrokes bring out subtle nuances and rhythm. His paintings are rich in texture and depth and have a minimal approach to the subject, which is used to anchor attention. His deliberate attempt to use simple forms and vivid backgrounds compels the viewer to reflect, abstract and then delve into the concept.

His works are spread over a wide spectrum of thematic interpretations of all that touches his soul. Hence strong spiritually influenced abstractions and figuratives, zen like musings, the calm of a European park in autumn, the rising from the ashes of a Warsaw, the futility of the cause of  the crusades, the spectacular wilderness of Iceland are some of the themes and subjects; all vividly and uniquely depicted on canvas ensuring a freshness to the style and treatment of each canvas. Pratap is clearly a thinking artist who paints from the heart.

With a solo show in Malaysia, Pratap put himself and his work on the map. He is currently represented by a number of galleries and is making his presence felt in the art world. His works are now a part of private collections of prominent collectors in India and abroad.

Solo Shows:
Gallery Archana, Kualalumpur, Malaysia / May 2012

Group Shows: .
'Art for Concern Annual Show', Hyderabad / 25 & 26 Nov 2016
'Art for Concern Annual Show', Mumbai / 13 Oct 2016
'Niten Mehta - Arts Annual Exhibition' 2016 / IHC Visual Art Gallery / 4-5 Oct 2016
'Udaan' / IGI International Airport, Nvya Delhi / 1 Sep - 30 Nov 2016
'Affordable Art Fair Singapore' / Singapore / 21 - 24 April 2016
'Conversation' / IGI International Airport, Delhi / 1 March - 31 May 2016
'TAD Arts Annual Exhibition' 2015 / IHC Visual Art Gallery / 19 Nov 2015
'Flight of Expressions' / IGI International Airport, Nvya Delhi / 1 Sep - 1 Nov 2015
'When Boundaries Begin to Fade', IIT Alumni Centre, Chennai / 19 June 2015
'Plenitude' / IGI International Airport, Nvya Delhi / 1 June - 31 Aug 2015
'Eldora Art Show' / Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai / 13 April - 18 April 2015
'Ephemeral / Timeless' / IGI International Airport, Delhi / 1March - 31 May 2015
'The Spirit of Indian Art' / IGI International Airport, Delhi / 12 Dec - 12 Feb 2015
'Amorphous Form' / Gallerie Nvya / 10 Dec - 30 Dec 2014
Divinity Enshrined / Gallery Art Spice / 20 Sep -  15 Oct 2014

TAD Arts Annual Exhibition 2014 / Visual Art Gallery / 26 - 30 Sep 2014
Art Bengaluru 2014 / 21 - 30 August 2014
'Within Reach V' / Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi / July - Aug 2014
Zen moments / DIAL Artwork project at Terminal 1D, IGI Delhi / March - Aug 2014
Soul Scapes / Gallery Art Spice / March - May 2014
The Winter Tale 2013 / Gallerie Nvya, Delhi / Dec - Feb 2014
Amalgam 2013-14 Prathma collection / DIAL Artwalk project at Terminal 1D, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi / November - March 2014
AIFACS 86th All India Annual Exhibition/ December 2013
'Through the looking glass' / Gallery Art Spice/ Nov - Dec 2013
'Varsha-Sharda' / Delhi International Airport Artwalk/ July - November 2013
TAD at Marriot / Gurgaon / August - September 2013
'Burrowing into the depths of the ordinary' / Gallery Art Spice /June - July 2013
'Within Reach IV' / Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi / May - July 2013
‘Basanta-Greeshma’ / DIAL Artwalk project at Terminal 1D, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi / March -  June 2013
'Completely Contemporary' / Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi / Jan - March 2013
'Hemanta Shishir' / GMR Art Walk Project / Terminal 1D, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi / Nov 2012 - March 2013
'Within Reach III' / Gallerie Nvya, New Delhi / May - July 2012

Publication:
Art Houz Gallery's Erotic Calendar 2014

Workshop & Installation:
Dara Shikoh Festival 2014 Srinagar / August 2014
The Global Education & Leadership Foundation Harmony / November 2014

Represented by:
Gallerie NVYA, Delhi / May 2012 onward
Gallery Art Alive, Delhi / EmergingArtists.in, New Delhi / June 2012 onward
Gallery Art Spice, Delhi / April 2013 onward
TAD Arts, Delhi / August 2013 onward
Gallery Art Houz, Chennai / December 2013 onward
Veranda Art, Kolkata / October 2014 onward
Gallery Archana, Malaysia / May 2012 onward

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