WIT 2014 | Varsha Bhatia



Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (B. Arch) from Sir J. J. College of Architecture,
                    Bombay University, India  
Experience:
Varsha worked as an Architectural Assistant in Bombay for 3 years with a leading practice in architecture / interior design. She moved to England in 1982 and worked in a Cambridge based architectural practice.  Varsha has been exhibiting her watercolour paintings since 2001. She uses the medium of watercolour in her work, often incorporating her unique style of paper cutting. This creates a three dimensional effect within her paintings. She utilizes her architectural background to draw ideas for her artwork, focusing on Indian as well as Western Architectural monuments, studying their details, styles and atmosphere. She paints buildings, giving particular attention to detail. Recently, she has started working in ink as well.

She has shown her work at the following Exhibitions:
Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition: 2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011, 2012,2014
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) Annual Exhibition: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011,2014
Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) Annual Exhibition:2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013
Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) C21 Open Exhibition: 2005, 2006, 2007
Society of Women Artists (SWA) Annual Exhibition: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010,2014
Group Exhibitions by the Rona Group of Artists at Langham Gallery: 2009-2013
Invited to exhibit at Images of St Paul’s in the 21st Century Art Exhibition  to celebrate 300th Anniversary of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, 2010
Art & Design Show, Mumbai, India, organized by Ogaan Publications (Publishers of Elle Decor magazine) : 2006
Group Exhibitions organized by Quantum Contemporary Art, London: 2001
Commissions:
1. Private commission to paint a watercolour of Westminster Cathedral 2014
2. Private commission to paint a watercolour of the St James’s Curch interior 2013
3. Private commission to paint watercolour of the Exterior & interior of Brompton Oratory 2012
4. Private commission to  paint York Minster in 2012
5. Private commission to paint St Etheldreda’s Church in 2012
6. Private commission to paint The Houses of Parliament in 2010
7. Private commission to paint Diwan-E-Khaas, Fatehpur Sikri, India in 2008
8. Commissioned to paint a set of five watercolours of Daneway House ( a 14th century manor house) in Gloucestershire in 2006
9. Private commission to paint a watercolour of  San Zeno Basilica, Verona in 2004
10. Private commission to paint a watercolour of Cloister Walk, Gloucester Cathedral in 2004
11. Commissioned to paint an Architectural watercolour for Limited Edition Prints to celebrate      Letchworth Garden City’s Centenary  in 2003  
Awards:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Frank Herring Award for Architectural Painting at the RI Exhibition 2002
Winsor & Newton Award for Best Painting at the SWA Exhibition 2004
Work in Public Collection:  Gray’s Inn, London
                                                Hertfordshire County Council Schools Art Collection

Articles: The Artist Magazine (UK) November 2009, Elle Decor Magazine (India) 2002
                Elle Decor Magazine (India) 2002

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