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Prasad’s childhood in the foothills of the Himalayas has had a major influence on him and his outlook on life. This early immersion in the mountains has fostered a love for the majestic beauty nature has to offer.
As a practitioner of meditation, he knows the importance of his inner well-being and strives to constantly achieve a state of peace, knowing that this will permeate into his artwork.
Studying a Masters in Traditional Arts helped Prasad discover Chinese Landscape Painting, which has been a great revelation for him. Through studying Chinese thought in painting he has understood the subtle significance of not just imitating nature but expressing his inner feelings about it.
After a while copying several Masters’ works, he felt that the process was no longer inspiring him and the best way for him to grow in Art would be to take full ownership of his work by painting from direct life experiences. He has always been fascinated by Nature, predominantly the foothills of the Himalayas in India from where rich childhood memories are stored.
Most of Beaven’s works have taken place in the park, surrounded by chirping birds, fallen leaves and swaying trees. His art is a response to the trees, a communication that is always taking place. “When I look at them, I see how still they stand, so steady with a single goal, to ascend higher to the light. They are part and parcel of the whole and support their living environments in countless ways, from enriching the soil to producing oxygen, the most vital element we need to survive.”
'The two traditions that I reference in my work are Chinese painting from around the 13th century and English Landscape Painting of the 18th Century. In Chinese Painting, what’s not painted is just as important as what is. Lao Tzu advocated a sense of letting go, leaving society, material possessions and positions and losing oneself in the eternal void.
Of course, this can be taken more metaphorically however, if I could introduce a sense of stillness, tranquillity and at the same time a sense of vigour and spontaneity into people’s homes I would work with a sense that what I am doing not only offers me solace but also solace to others.'
Beaven has also just won the prestigious Ciclitira Prize, taking some of his works straight into the Saatchi Gallery in 2022.