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Pru Harshan – ‘What I can’t say, I paint’

“I’ve always been interested in human nature and the impact that societal burdens and expectations have on our humanity. I grew up in India, where things are different from here in the west but not everything is different, there are always expectations that can turn into burdens and that’s my focus. Some of the paintings here focus on our voyeuristic urge, to watch, to judge without thinking for ourselves and a few others are more positive like being part of a supportive structure, being right in the middle of that drastic change we want to see.
Ive been working on this since the last five years and I’m sure I’m not done with it yet. But recently I’ve started running quite a bit and with our awesome trails and views as an inspiration I started working on the side on a new series of paintings that are lighter and more vibrant. Usually my works are pretty heavy and there are layers to work through, but the series on running captures the colours, shapes and textures that stick in my mind after my runs, the sense of how small I am and how free I truly feel when I’m out there in the mountains.

Bio: I have been painting professionally since 2002 when I acheived my bachelor’s degree in painting from Bangalore University, India. I’ve been part of group shows and solo exhibits in Bangalore India, Chicago, Vancouver, Cranbrook and Fernie. This is my first solo exhibit in Fernie.
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