IAAC Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art of the Diaspora 2014

Arun Prem
Arun Prem
Arun Prem

Many of my paintings depict people and places. I am most interested in representing the extraordinary in ordinary situations. I often use photographs from my archives or those taken by friends and acquaintances for inspiration. Photography helps me understand an objectís relation with light by placing everything in two dimensions. It also gives me the flexibility to work at home at random hours.

Recently I have worked exclusively with oil paints. Oils work well with expressing skin tone and provide an aesthetic that is compatible with my style. I begin each project with a rough drawing followed by several coats of paint. Oils provide me with a practical medium that works with my schedule which involves frequent interruptions due to other work and commitments. I love warm colors; colors are prominent in my art and often comprise the themes.

I try and create figurative elements and universal themes that establish a rapport with the viewer and evoke an emotional response.

As a self taught artist, my art education was accomplished through close observation of the surroundings, study of artworks, and spending time with artists and around artwork where possible.


Mission Viejo Library – December 2007, 2009 and 2011

MV Arts Alive Festival – August 24-25 2011

Roche Bobois Furniture Gallery, Beverly Hills – Dec 21-March 3, 2010

E St. Café in City of Encinitas – May 1-30, 2011

Art Depot Gallery, Fontana CA – Solo show (July 5-Aug 26), Curator Courtney Hodnick

My Best Friend Show – A group show held at Encinitas City Library, August 1-31, 2011, Curator – Jim Hornung

City of Oceanside Library – solo show – May-June 2013

Earth’s Elements Art Gallery, Encinitas - 2013

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