Sudesh Prasad

United Kingdom

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"Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.”

The Paul Valéry quote is an elegant textual statement of the visual work I have been making throughout my career, which includes painting, photography, and multimedia works. Currently, I am painting oil on canvas and drawings as well as a series of photographs. The theme that runs through my work is seeing (rather than looking) and thinking beyond that which is immediately in front of the viewer.

I work with what I believe are universally recognizable objects: lemons, circles, vases, urns, and the human figure. The use of these items is a visual hook to engage the viewer with an object and then look deeper into the space that the objects occupy in the composition. The viewer must bring place, memory, and their own experience to “see” and provide meaning. I feel these are powerful forces: memory and place. I look at all my work as figurative, as the figure is of course the viewer - without whom the work would have less if no meaning at all.

I started with painting, moved to objects, installations, and photography, and have now re-started with painting to pare back to essential visual representation. I use a limited palette, and objects in an indeterminate space. Craft and execution are a formal aspect of the work, and I am planning larger works that more directly influence the physical space in which people experience art.

With the profusion of media and representational methods, my current work utilizes more traditional media: oil paint, charcoal, graphite, paper, and canvas. It is also a formal approach towards compositions that convey and evoke a conversation about time, place, memory, and our place with others and within the world.”


2021 “Do you see what I’m saying” Casacava, Matera, Italy (Planned July 2021)
2020 “Woodyard Group” Cambridge, UK
2020 “Group Show: Paintings and Drawings” Barr Architects, Cambridge, UK
2019 “Omega” Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridgeshire.
1995 “Il cerchio delle fate” Pordenone, Italia
“on Board” Il Nuovo Trionfo, Venice, Italy. Aperto95 , 46th Biennale, Venezia.
“Il cerchio delle fate” LipanjePuntin Gallery, Venice, Italy
1994 “Disgregante/Aggregante” Museo Comunale d’Arte Modena, Palazzo Racani Arroni, Spoleto, Italy
1992 “Geschicten/Histories Galerie Karin Schorm, Vienna
1985 “Open Season - The Men” No Lo Contendere, New York, NY
2021 (in)sight Thrive, Cambridge (planned May 2021)
1995 “Cool Empire” Studio D’Arte Contemporanea, Pino Casagrande, Rome
1994 “Cool Empire” Galerie Karin Schorm, Vienna
1987 Sherkat Gallery, New York, NY
1986 Terra Artis Gallery, New York, NY
1985 “Recent Paintings” Torn Awning Gallery, New York, NY


  • Arrival of Complexity V

    Arrival of Complexity V

    82 x 66 cm / USD 1,000.00

  • Allowance for Complexity

    Allowance for Complexity

    102 x 82 cm / USD 2,200.00

  • Arrival of Complexity 3

    Arrival of Complexity 3

    66 x 51 cm / USD 1,200.00

  • Ultramarine Circle

    Ultramarine Circle

    80 x 60 cm / USD 1,500.00

  • Binary Payne's Grey

    Binary Payne's Grey

    80 x 60 cm / USD 1,500.00

  • Ovoid Lemon 1

    Ovoid Lemon 1

    80 x 60 cm / USD 1,200.00

  • Red Circle

    Red Circle

    40 x 30 cm / USD 450.00

  • Circle Drawing 2

    Circle Drawing 2

    40 x 30 cm / USD 450.00

  • Vogelsang Binary 4

    Vogelsang Binary 4

    28 x 23 cm / USD 450.00

  • Vogelsang Europa

    Vogelsang Europa

    23 x 74 cm / USD 1,200.00

  • 19 Lemons (Alizarin)

    19 Lemons (Alizarin)

    60 x 50 cm / USD 1,200.00

  • Ovoid Series (8 lemons)

    Ovoid Series (8 lemons)

    48 x 33 cm / USD 400.00

  • Ovoid Series (9 Lemons)

    Ovoid Series (9 Lemons)

    48 x 33 cm / USD 400.00

  • 26 Lemons

    26 Lemons

    50 x 38 cm / USD 400.00

  • Delicate Immersion 2

    Delicate Immersion 2

    28 x 23 cm / USD 540.00

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