Art
-ist

Akash Bhatt portrait

Profile

1972
Born in Leicester
1991–92
Loughborough College of Art—Foundation Studies
1993–96
University of Westminster
1996–98
St Martins School of Art—Post Graduate Diploma

My Process

Sketchbooks form the main part of my working process. In them I record ideas and imagery drawn from life. Together with this I keep detailed notebooks of writings—the combination of the two are the foundation of any work I produce.

I also draw and paint when out on the streets looking for research material. Together with the sketchbooks, I use large sheets of paper on which I draw from direct observation. Back in my studio this information is used in the planning and making of new paintings.

Quite often the compositions are finalised on location. This direct connection with the place is vital for me.

I enjoy using a variety of mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolour, mixed media, and pen and ink. Normally I have a series of works in progress. Some of the bigger pieces can take up to two years to reach completion.

Studio Visit Video

I was fortunate to have the National Portrait Gallery make a short video, as part of their ongoing Next Generation ‘Artist Studio films’ series, where I answer questions from the BP Next Generation Youth Crew about my working practice.

Another NPG video about my sketchbooks and an interview.

Awards

2015
1st Prize Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition
2010
London Lives 1st Prize Network Rail/Cass Arts/Bankside Gallery, London
 
Penguin Prize, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
2008
Elected Member of the Royal Society of British Artists
2007
Purchase Prize Discerning Eye Mall Galleries
 
Winsor & Newton Painting Award RBA Mall Galleries
2005
Regional Award Discerning Eye Mall Galleries
2004
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Purchase Prize
2002
The Villiers David Prize
 
Third Prize, Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
1999
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award
 
BP Portrait Award Finalist, Commended
1997
BP Travel Award

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Madhu, Beaux Arts Bath
2015
New Paintings, Beaux Arts Bath
2013
New Paintings, Beaux Arts Bath
2011
New Paintings, Beaux Arts Bath
2010
Street Life Drawing, Beaux Arts Bath
2009
Just Walk, Beaux Arts Bath
2007
New Paintings, Beaux Arts Bath
2006
New Paintings, Beaux Arts Bath
 
Made in Cuba, Rebecca Hossack Gallery
2003
PNG: The Big Payback, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
2001
Indi-gestion, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
1998
Out of Fiji, BP Travel Award, Touring Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland

Group Exhibitions

2018
AAF Battersea, London—Beaux Arts Bath
 
London Art Fair, Islington London—Beaux Arts Bath
2017
Ruth Borchard Prize Exhibition, Kings Place, London
 
RBA, Mall Galleries, London
 
NEAC, Mall Galleries, London
 
‘Artists of Fame and Promise’ Summer Show, Beaux Arts Bath
 
AAF Battersea, London- Beaux Arts Bath
 
London Art Fair, Islington London–Beaux Arts Bath
2016
The Discerning Eye Prize Winners show, Temple, London
 
‘Artists of Fame and Promise’ Summer Show, Beaux Arts Bath
 
London Art Fair, Islington London—Beaux Arts Bath
 
LAPADA Fair, Mayfair London—Beaux Arts Bath
 
AAF Battersea, London—Beaux Arts Bath
2012–15
Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
2011
RI Mall Galleries, London
 
RBA Mall Galleries, London
2010
Lynn Painter Stainers, Livery Hall, London
 
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
 
RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
 
RBA Mall Galleries, London
2009
RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour, Bankside Gallery, London
 
Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
 
RBA Mall Galleries, London
2008
Lynn Painters & Stainers, Livery Hall, London
 
RWS/Sunday Times Watercolour, Bankside Gallery, London
 
Crossing Over, Beaux Arts Bath
 
RBA Mall Galleries, London
2007
The Discerning Eye, Mall. Galleries, London
 
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
2006
The Discerning Eye, Mall. Galleries, London
 
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
2005
Beaux Arts Bath, Summer Show
 
RBA Mall Galleries, London
 
Royal Watercolour Society. Annual Exhibition, Bankside, London
 
The Discerning Eye, Mall. Galleries, London
 
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
2004
The Discerning Eye, Mall. Galleries, London
 
21st Century Watercolour, Bankside Gallery, London
 
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries
2003
Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London
 
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
 
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
 
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries, London
 
The Garrick/Milne Prize, Christie’s, London
 
The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College pf Art, London
2002
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
 
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour, Mall Galleries
 
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London
2001
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
 
New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London
 
Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London
 
Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2000
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
1999
Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
 
Map, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London
 
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
 
Contemporary Figurative Art, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery Eastleigh, Hampshire
1998
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
 
Contemporary Figurative Art, Beatrice Royal Art Gallery Eastleigh, Hampshire
1997
Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
1996
Mercury Music Prize Art, London
 
Singer Friedlander Watercolour Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1995
Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London