Hailing from Southern India, Priya Pattathil is inspired by the cultural and ritualistic art forms of Kerala, her native state. Priya is captivated by the kaleidoscope of colors of her native land, combined with her life experiences that influence storytelling via her paintings.
The joy of self-discovery, understanding and capturing the essence of life through art, has also been enlightening for Priya.
As a biotechnologist, the sciences influence Priya’s style of painting. Through this journey from science to art, Priya has developed a own unique artistic process to express her creativity. She creates colors, rich textures, and cell like formations using specialized pouring techniques that establish the backdrop of her artistic expressions. Priya’s paintings depict Kathakali and Mohiniyattam dance forms, bringing out elements of Mother Nature (prakruti) interspersed between human forms. Her experiences, reflections and self-exploration translate into human narratives on canvas, each with a unique story to tell, drawing from the well of inner strength (shakti/spirit) surviving the vagaries of life, yet weaving oneself into the tapestry of life becoming the sustenance for others.
Priya is a student of the renowned South Indian Artist, AV Ilango. Priya began her art studies art under AV Ilango in the 1990s and continues to do so. Priya also studied pottery, glasswork and oil painting with Stefan Bowman at (The Grand View) for more than 10 years.