Priya Kishore’s works embrace sensations and ideas that have no written language, exploring spaces of change and mutability. Inhabiting an area between abstract and figurative, her paintings explore the presence and absence of dichotomy.
From her early paintings to the present works, Priya Kishore has taken an enriching and circuitous route, both conceptually and geographically, studying and working in America, India and the UK.
Reading Philosophy at Oxford University introduced her to J.S. Mill's 'human flourishing' through 'experiments in living', a principle she adopted to test throughout her life. After an MA from the University of Chicago, she moved to India immersing herself within a creative movement of emerging artists and designers. To embrace the artistic zeitgeist, she created Bombay Electric, an avante garde space for creative collaboration.
Many elements of Priya Kishore's paintings originate from this explorative period in India where she delved into iconography, identity, texture, color and textile. She embarked on journeys throughout rural India collaborating with master artisans, weavers, block printers, embroiderers, metal smiths and beaders where she learned ancient craftsmanship techniques.
In New York, having spent time as an apprentice observing Francesco Clemente working in watercolors, Priya Kishore has developed a body of works encompassing mixed media, watercolor, pastel and oil paintings.The variety of mediums and working processes Kishore embraces reflects the depth of her vast experiences as well as her innate curiosity to explore beyond.
by Davide Raffaelli