artist, Promila Sen


I am interested in exploring the vitality and mystery of the natural world around me and its contrasts – order and chaos, light and shadow, the simple and the complex.
Watermedia gives me the freedom to play with organic forms and to evolve a style with a distinct use of design elements.

I like to think of my layering technique as a metaphor for experienced feelings and memories; and recent techniques of pouring watercolor, brush drawing and collage as a process, experiment and personal inquiry, rather than a definite statement. Through my art I would like to convey a sense of beauty, vitality and spiritual energy.




Studio/Residence: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA



"After graduating from the University of Bombay, India, with a B.A. degree in French Honors, I traveled to France to continue my studies in French language, civilization and art at the University of Aix-en- Provence.

My Master's degree in South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania gave me the unique opportunity to study with art historian Stella Kramrisch. At the Musee Guimet in Paris, I studied the Museum's collection of Indian miniatures and Chinese and Japanese painting. This traditional art and symbolism have been an influence in my journey as an artist.

I am also inspired by Western traditions of Impressionism and Abstract artists.

Both disciplines - painting and photography - are interactive and an integral part of my creative work.

I have lectured in Art History at Barton and Meredith Colleges; taught watercolor and drawing at the Rocky Mount Arts Center, the Arts Council of Wilson and at Artspace in Raleigh.

With USSEA and INSEA ( United States and International Societies for Education through Art ), I presented papers in conferences in the U.S., in Rotterdam and in Adelaide, Australia.

My paintings and photographs have been in juried one person and group shows in North Carolina, with Best in Show, First Place and other awards.

My work is in private and corporate collections in North Carolina and in other states; as well as outside the U.S.

Gallery representation of my work in N.C. includes:
Artspace in Raleigh, where I am a juried member;
The Raleigh City Museum, Carrboro Town Hall; The Women's Center and the Carolina Club in Chapel Hill; Barton College, Meredith College, Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount and the Arts Council of Wilson; Deacon Galleries in Wilmington and the Hobson Pittman Gallery in Tarboro.

Permanent collections of my work in N.C. include: First Citizen's Bank, Wachovia Bank, the Wilson Chamber of Commerce, the Rocky Mount Arts Center and the UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Outside the U.S.: ACRON corporate offices in Mumbai and Goa, India; the ARCADE; and the Fortune Select REGINA RESORT in Goa, India."


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