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.

 

Education

 

2004                     MFA, Department of Drawing and Painting, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka

2002                     BFA, Department of Drawing and Painting, University of Dhaka

 

Exhibitions

 

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.

 

Awards

2016                     Prudential Eye Awards: Contemporary Asian Art, Nominee

Fellowship

2007                     Aminul Islam Trust, Drawing