Arati Devasher – Artist Bio

Arati Devasher (b. 1979) is an artist, illustrator and book designer based in Ruislip, London. Since her BFA (Applied Art) at College of Art, Dehi University, she has maintained her private art practice alongside her career as a freelance book designer and illustrator.

Arati works in gouache, acrylic and oil pastels, using pencils and pens as overlays to add detail and texture. Critical to Arati's work is her rich Indian heritage of colour and pattern.

The nautilus shell and its symmetrical spiral shape has been prominent in her paintings for many years, in contrast to the more contemporary food and animals in her illustrations. She has also focused on painting silk and incorporating its unique place in Indian culture into her own work.

Her current focus is on limited palettes and abstract waterscapes built around the nautilus shell. The spiral shape evokes nature's most essential rule... what goes around, comes around – the circle of life. That connection to nature brings balance and a delicate meditative feel to her work. Using a limited palette for each piece, Arati brings elements of her emotions into the painting, aiming to evoke the viewer's own feelings in response.

Commissions are welcome.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

20–22 2022, May: Stand #47a at the Spring Art Fair, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

14–16 2022, October: Stand #18 at the Autumn Art Fair, Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington


Past Exhibitions

2022 Jan, 2021 Dec: London, UK – ILLUSTRATION + PRINT OPEN 2021 at Deptford Does Art, Deptford

2014, March: London, UK – Group show with Hampstead Artists Council at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead

2013 to 2019: London, UK – Multiple art fairs exhibiting paper works and silk paintings

2013, November: London, UK – Cafe Gallery's Annual Open #29, Southwark Park

2005, August: New Delhi, India – 'Black & White', group show of pen-and-ink work with 3 contemporary artists

2003, May: New Delhi, India – Group show with Mantram Art Foundation in collaboration with the National Defence College, New Delhi

2000: New Delhi, India – Nokia Asia Pacific Art Award competition, national level finalist. "To Reach The Unreachable Star" displayed at the Nokia Finalists Exhibition at AIFACS, Delhi

2001 January:
New Delhi, India – Group show at Chittaranjan Park Bangiya Samaj Young Artists Exhibition.

1998 to 2001: New Delhi, India – Annual exhibitions of the College of Art, Delhi University.

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