Prakash Bal Joshi began drawing the moment he got hold of a chalk and slate and he drew a zero before writing down the first alphabet. Primarily a self taught artist, he spent a long time working on natural forms and through sheer observation and practice, mastered the finer nuances and subtleties of abstract art forms.
As a painter, he is spontaneous and his work is the culmination of deep thought process posing basic fundamental questions regarding his own existence. He switches effortlessly from using a pen to write his inner thoughts and observations to a pencil or a brush to express much more complicated inner turmoil. He has been holding pen and pencil together for more than three decades . His first solo show at Artist's Centre, Mumbai in June 2006 included drawings in ink and abstract paintings based on inner perceptions of nature. Here, landscapes and human figures intermingle to form their own unique shapes and textures. Reflecting an inner turmoil, the paintings basically revolve around the eternal dilemma : who am I and why do I draw .
Joshi's keen sense of observation also comes from being a veteran journalist employed with The Times of India, Mumbai. Having renowned painter Ara as a guide and father figure, he has developed his own style of expression. His ink pen lines on paper as well as brush strokes on canvas are equally spontaneous and powerful.
Two sharply crafted books, Maitrinichi Goshta ( A Friend's Story) in 1984 and Gateway in 1993,show a sensitive writer grappling with the complexities and contradictions of an urban lifestyle. Both the books are interspersed with thought-provoking sketches .
His work during 2007 has taken on a fresh dimension and can be seen as an exploration for new perspectives. His search led him to Saraswati, a river which disappeared thousands of years ago from Indian subcontinent.. Some believe that it is still running at a subterranean level while others fell that it has simply disappeared due to climatic changes affecting earth thousands of years ago. .
These paintings talk through contrasting and sometimes harsh colors . Molten red and freezing blues , for instance, warn of death and destruction and the emergence of a new life at a different level. Most of the paintings express concern at the loss of values, much like the river running underground or simply disappearing; they offer no solution but warn of unsure and complex future waiting for all of us.