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Dinner date for inspiring abstract artist

November 15 - 21,2017

Gulf Weekly Mai Al Khatib-Camille
By Mai Al Khatib-Camille

Gulf Weekly Dinner date for  inspiring abstract artist

Indian artist Ella Prakash, who has empowered women through her colourful canvases and fashion accessories, has been shortlisted to compete in The Global Art Awards and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Dubai on Friday.

The competition is dedicated to talented individuals involved in all types of art forms from digital to printing on textiles and sculpting, as well as painting. It was created to honour and to raise awareness about the achievements and positive contributions made by artists, galleries and art professionals worldwide.

Ella, an abstract expressionist, is thrilled to be one of the finalists in the painting category. She will be exhibiting her work at the Hotel Armani Dubai in Burj Khalifa where the awards dinner will also be held. The awards ceremony is being curated by the Middle East Art Collector Association.

The 55-year-old, who lives in Adliya, said: “I was in my gallery when I received the news by email that my work had been shortlisted. It felt great to know that out of the amount of entries to the awards, my work was selected and it’s going to the Global Awards ceremony.

“This event is a huge platform and I’m honoured to be a part of it. I hope to bring back a prize to Bahrain with me.”

Ella, who has 14 years of experience in that form of painting and in figurative art, has always been a supporter of women empowerment and has depicted strong female figures within her pieces of work.

Her art has been featured at local and international solo and group exhibitions, including in the UK, US, Germany, and, of course, India, to name a few. She is the founder of the Ella Art Foundation and an ambassador for Arts for India.

She also unveiled her lifestyle and fashion creations, entitled Ella Impressions, at London’s Debut Contemporary Art Gallery last year to compliment luxury lifestyle and homeware designer Claire Gaudion’s latest offerings. Her paintings were transformed into cushions and other products such as shoes, scarves and bow ties, as reported earlier in GulfWeekly. Ella said: “As an artist it’s very challenging to enter into the fashion business industry but I always like to take risks and challenges in life.

“I feel that art and fashion go hand-in-hand. It is all about design and I always wanted to create my own fashion accessories and to create a luxury line of affordable art through fashion.”

She will be launching her fashion line in Bahrain at the Ella Art Gallery in Adliya on November 29 and will be showing her artwork next April in New York and London in February.

She added: “Painting has always been my companion in the journey of life. To me, my art is symbolic of my journey, not only as an artist but as a person.

“It is a reflection of who I am and the Ella Impressions Fashion Line is another beautiful portrayal of the journey through my paintbrush.

“My aim was to create something substantially different and introduce a new and quirky point of view in fashion.

“I’m ready to set flight into this industry and looking forward to a grand launch of my elite products in retail as well as online.

“I’m hoping to collaborate with fashion influencers and brands for runway shows and I’m sure that we will soon be substantially large enough to have our own shows and seasonal lines.

“I’m also very pleased to be participating in the SOLO Art Expo New York. 

“It will be my second show in New York and I will also introduce Ella Impressions Art & Fashion along with my art.”

Ella will also be featuring her art and fashion accessories at a trade exhibition in the UK entitled Pure London to be held in the capital on February 11 to 13.

“This is a fresh take on fashion through the eyes of an artist and will bring a delightful and elite sophistication to the world of fashion with its spunky colour palette and clean and minimalistic forms and shapes,” she added.

“I am here to stay and have a voice that will be heard loud and clear.

“I hope people will join my journey where art meets fashion.”

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