Kavitha Prasad, an accomplished artist , architect and educator combines ideas, shades, shadows and lines to create works with great emotional range and depth. Painting in watercolour from an early age, Kavitha has a unique style in this medium. “I love the way light reflects off the paper through the pigment,” she says of her fascination with watercolour. Her art speaks in many moods: reflective, reverent, whimsical, feminine, angry, outspoken, humorous, thoughtful, nostalgic and practical. Her eclectic use of pale and dark pigments, light and heavy overlays, flowing and almost grid-like lines, and small and large formats signify her as an artist who continues to evolve and experiment.   

Kavitha was born in 1964 in Chennai into a family that treasures art and heritage.  Kavitha’s passion for art was recognized at an early age by her mother Lakshmi Krishnamurthy, herself a doyen of traditional Indian art and restoration and a pupil of the eminent artist Mr.K.Sreenivasulu.  Kavitha, under Mr.A.Anjaneyulu’s tutelage, began working with small format studies of nature, both landscapes and skyscapes. “Later I started painting larger watercolours, experimenting with the paper and pigments, to create more atmospheric pictures,” she says. 

Kavitha was an all-rounder at Church Park, where she did her schooling. She studied architecture at the prestigious Anna University School of Architecture, and the level of detail in her work reflects her architectural training. 
 “Some of my works are architectural studies, delineated solid objects, street-side shops, and recycled scrap all composed as elevations that have been superimposed over one another creating a sense of depth, and a play of light and shadows on the objects, creating a sense of mystery,” she says.

Kavitha studied Visual Arts at the Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Kalakshetra Foundation and is currently working at the Ceramic Studio at Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.

A busy artist, architect and  educator  who relishes her art, Kavitha admires the watercolours of J.M.W. Turner, and the architecture of Antoni Gaudi. “I enjoy the quiet seclusion and introspective time painting gives me. I always feel invigorated later,” she says. 

Kavitha’s evocative work has won her many admirers in India and abroad. Her watercolour and acrylic works are in the collections of the Corporate Office of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, the Residency Hotel in Chennai, the ICF Museum in Chennai and private collections in India, Taiwan, Singapore, UK, USA, and the U.A.E.
 

BIO

ARCHITECTURE
1987 – 1988   Centre for Human Settlements, Anna University, Chennai, India.
1989 – 1991    Nataraj and Venkat, Architects, Chennai, India.
1991 – 2019    Design Associate, Architectural Management Services, Chennai, India

SOLO ART SHOWS
2004               Espresso Gallery, Bangalore, India.
2008               Shadow Spaces, Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, Chennai, India.
2010                Shadow Spaces, Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, India.

GROUP ART SHOWS
1998                 Silent Expressions, Manasthala, Chennai, India.
2000               Spring Time, Lakshana Art Gallery, Hyderabad, India
2001                Southern Perspectives, Tillany Art Museum, Bangalore, India
2001                Mere, Apparao Art Gallery, Hotel Park Sheraton, Chennai, India.
2003               Salon de Printemps 2003, Societe Lyonnaise Des Beaux Arts, Lyon, France.
2003               Amarantos ’03, Moods & Revelations, Lakskhana Art Gallery, Chennai, India.
2005               Women@rt, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, India.
2007               The Madras Canvas, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, India.
2008               The Madras Canvas II, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, India.
2009               The Madras Canvas in Short, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, India.
2011                  Paint and Perspectives- Women and their work, an exhibition by women artists, Gallery                                                Sri Parvati, Chennai, India.
2012 - 2016:  Visual Arts Department, Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, Kalakshetra  Foundation, Chennai,                                  India
2016                 Jaipur Art Festival, Jaipur, India.
2017                 VSparc Art Festival 2017, VIT University, Vellore, India.
2017                 5th Sculpture and Paint Art Camp, Chennai Rail Museum, ICF, Chennai, India.
2018                Coaches, Contours et Couleurs, Chennai Rail Museum, ICF, Chennai, India.
2018                 VSparc Art Festival 2018, VIT University, Vellore, India.
2019                 Kalanubhava, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, India.
2019                 Representation: Nirupan, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, India.
2019                 Anubhuti: the experience, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh, India.

2019                 North South Melange, Kala Srot Art Gallery, Lucknow, India.
2019                VSparc Art Festival 2019, VIT University, Vellore, India.

2019                Fida E Lucknow, Kala Srot Art Gallery, Lucknow, India.

2020               Mrittika Shristi Utsav, Hawrah and ICCR, Kolkata , India 

2020               Art.is, VIII X VIII = VIII, Online art show

2020               The Local Art Festival, Artworld, Sarala's Art Centre, Chennai, India

2020               Un_lock Series, Online, Artworld, Sarala's Art Centre.

2020               Art.is, VIII X VIII = VIII, Dakshina Chitra, Chennai, India

2021                 Talking Spaces, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, India.

 

ART CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS ATTENDED
2010                Fresco Workshop by Prof. Bhawani Shankar Sharma at Kalakshetra Foundation,  Chennai, India.     2013                 Kerala Mural Workshop by Mr.AjithanPuthumana at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, 
2013                 Kalamkari Workshop by Sri C.Prabhakar at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, India.
2014                Chinese Ink Painting by Mr. K S Srinivasa Murthy at NGMA, Bangalore, India.
2014                Print Making Workshop by Mr. K S Vishwambhara at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, India.
2015                 Sketching Trail by Prof. Francis D.K. Ching at Aarde Foundation, Chennai, India.
2016                 Fresco Workshop by Prof. Bhawani Shankar Sharma at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, India.
2017                 Ceramic Mural Workshop by Mr. Biju at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, India.

2020               International Ceramic Symposium and Workshop, Mrittika Shristi Utsav, Hawrah, India.

 

TEACHING, CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS

2008 – 2019External Examiner at School of Architecture and Planning,  Anna University, Chennai, India.
2011                 Sketching Workshop with Nizhal at IIT Saarang , Chennai , India.
2013                Chaired a Seminar on Scenario of Ergonomics in Interiors at Sri Kanaka Parameswari Arts and                                      Science College for Women, Chennai, India.
2014                External design review for B.Arch. students at Hindustan College of Engineering, Chennai, India.
2014, 2019    External design review for B.Arch. students at Sathyabama University, Chennai, India.
2017                 Sketching Trail an outdoor sketching workshop conducted by the Alumni Association at the

                          School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai, India.
2017                 Street Sketching workshop at VIT Artfest, Vellore, India.
2017                 Water Colour workshop at VIT Artfest, Vellore, India.    
2011 - 2019    Guest Faculty at School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University, Chennai, India.
                          Subjects – Art Studio, Basic Design, Architectural Design.
2017                 Art and Design workshop at AICTE- QIP Sponsored One week Faculty development Programme                              on Architectural Design Pedagogy at Thiagarajar  College of Engineering, Madurai, India.
2018                Board of Studies in Bsc Home Science – Interior Design & Decor at Justice Basheer Ahmed                                        Sayeed College for Women, Chennai, India.
2019                External design review for travel documentation by second, third and fourth year B.Arch students at                            Vsparc, VIT, Vellore, India.
2019                Guest Lecture on ` Capturing the Essence of Travel “ at Vsparc, VIT, Vellore, India.
2019                Sketching workshop at VIT Artfest, Vellore, India.