PROMOTESH DAS PULAK
Born in 1980 in Bangladesh.
Pulak completed his MFA in 2004 from the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. He was trained as a painter though the use of diverse materials has played a pivotal role in his artistic practice. Pulak often incorporates other media such as painting, video, image manipulation, photography, and installation. He is interested in the duality that lies between the organic natural elements and combat equipment, which suggest the betrayal of innocence and beauty. Most of his sculpture installations are large-scale war equipment assembled using small flowers made of ‘Shoal plant’ that are used as traditional craft materials. Recently, he has added motion to his installations, fostering interaction from viewers and addressing issues of history, culture and identity. Self-portraits are a key feature of Pulak’s oeuvre. In video and image manipulation works, the artist incorporates himself within the frame.
Pulak has exhibited in several shows in Bangladesh and internationally. He was represented at the Bangladesh pavilion at the 54th Venice biennale in 2011 and nominated as an emerging artist in sculpture at the Prudential Eye Awards in 2016. Pulak was shortlisted for the Samdani Art Awards at Dhaka Art Summit in 2012 and 2014, and received a fellowship from Aminul Islam Trust in 2007. Pulak is a member of Britto arts trust while currently working as a freelance artist.
2004 MFA, Department of Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka
2002 BFA, Department of Drawing and Painting, University of Dhaka
2016 Sown Together, Aicon Gallery, New York
Delicate Bond of Steel | Mumbai Exhibition, Aicon Gallery, New York
Betrayal of Innocence and Beauty, Aicon Gallery, New York
2011 Parables: Pavilion of Bangladesh, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2010 VideozBangladesh, Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 2010
Shilpakala Academy for 17th Young Artists’ Exhibition
Sarwardi Uddyan Exhibition in Dhaka for Robi Bangladesh Mela
2009 11th Contemporary Young Artist’s Exhibition, Chuwa Gallery, Tokyo
Raku at Zainul Gallery, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka
13th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka
2007 Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kawasaki City Museum, Japan, 2007
2006 Group Show at Dots Gallery, Dhaka in 2006.
2016 Prudential Eye Awards: Contemporary Asian Art, Nominee
2007 Aminul Islam Trust, Drawing