Varsha Bhatia Watercolour Artist
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Varsha Bhatia graduated from the Sir J.J.College of Architecture, Bombay in 1978 with a degree in Architecture. She worked as an Architectural Assistant in Bombay for 3 years with a leading practice in architecture / interior design.

Varsha 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 done some work in ink as well.

Awards:

  • St Cuthberts Mill Award at the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016
  • The Schmincke Award at the RI Exhibition 2015
  • Winsor & Newton Award for Best Painting at the SWA Exhibition 2004
  • Frank Herring Award for Architectural Painting at the RI Exhibition 2002

Exhibitions:

She has shown her work at the following Exhibitions :

2017:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • VIEWS The Star & Garter and its Setting exhibition- Richmond

2016:

  • RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2015:

  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual exhibition
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Spring Exhibition by The Rona Group of Artists
  • Autumn Exhibition by The Rona Group of Artists

2014:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
  • Invited to Participate in Watermedia International Thessaloniki WIT2014 Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition

2013:

  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual exhibition
  • Spring Exhibition by The Rona Group of Artists
  • Pathways by The Rona Group of Artists

2012:

  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition
  • Imagine by The Rona Group of Artists
  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
  • Arts For India Chatiry Auction in London

2011:

  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Genius of the Place Exhibition of Gray's Inn and Gardens , London - by The Rona Group of Artists
  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2010:

  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition
  • Inns & Outs Exhibition of the historic Inns of Court, London - by The Rona Group of Artists
  • Images of St Paul's in the 21st Century Exhibition - Invited to participate in this group exhibition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul's Cathedral, London
  • Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2009:

  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • RWS / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2008:

  • Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition
  • Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual Exhibition
  • RWS / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2007:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) C21 Open Exhibition
  • Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual Exhibition
  • Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2006:

  • Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) C21 Open Exhibition
  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Art & Design Show, Mumbai, India, organized by Ogaan Publications
  • Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition
  • Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2005:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition
  • Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) C21 Open Exhibition
  • Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2004:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition
  • Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

2003:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition

2002:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

2001:

  • Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition
  • Exhibitions organised by Quantum Contemporary Art, London, at various venues

 

Commissions:

  1. Private commission to paint a watercolour of Westminster Cathedral in 2014
  2. Private commission to paint a watercolour of the interior of St James's Church, London in 2013
  3. Private commission to paint watercolours of the exterior and interior of Brompton Oratory in 2012
  4. Private commission to paint York Minster in 2012
  5. Private commission to paint St Etheldreda's Church, London in 2012
  6. Private commission to paint a watercolour of 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 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

Work in Public Collection:

  • Gray's Inn, London
  • Hertfordshire County Council Schools Art Collection

Articles published on Varsha's work:

  • The Artist Magazine (UK) - November 2009
  • Elle Decor Magazine (India) - 2002

Galleries:

  • Langham Gallery, London
    www.langhamgallery.com

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