Pratima, a contemporary British artist, now based in Hertfordshire, spent her formative years growing up in a Hindu brahmin family, in Gujarat, India.
Educated in a school based on Mahatma Gandhi’s principle has played a major roll in her ability to appreciate art, crafts, literature, poetry, classical dance and music. A deep respect for all life forms is expressed through her sculptures and she draws inspiration not only from the human form, but also from the qualities she sees in them - determination despite abject poverty, optimism, kindness, inner strength and beauty.
Pratima’s early career as a Microbiologist required intense observation of minute details. This has proven a particularly useful skill which is apparent in her work.
Pratima is a proud recipient of the Craft Council’s Hothouse Support for emerging Makers and was also selected for an exhibition curated by the V&A. Receiving a ‘Best use of colour’ award from The London Potters is another highlight.
Love and admiration for elephants is a continuing theme within Pratima’s practice, both as recurring motifs and sources of inspiration. Elephants are also highly symbolic for Pratima, as they represent ‘Ganesh’, a much loved deity in Hinduism, but also as a form of tribute to this magnificent animal.A recipient of the Craft Council’s prestigious a Hothouse programme, Pratima exhibits extensively in galleries throughout the UK and works from her studio based in Hertfordshire..
I have been always fascinated by the human figure and I realise that I subconsciously study it from both a creative and scientific angle.I am aware I come from a very social and buzzing country, full of people and life and every time I visit I feel I have to capture the atmosphere and essence of the place and the people I encounter.Each figure I create is a physical representation of this and each one has a unique name and I spend time in choosing them, as well as creating a narrative and crafting an identity. The figures are probably extensions of myself in many ways, like mini self portraits, showing different aspects of myself, but they are also intentional representations of everyone and anyone.