Varsha Bhatia

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Varsha Bhatia graduated from the Sir J.J.College of Architecture, Bombay in 1978 with a degree in Architecture. She worked as an Architectural Assistant in Bombay for 3 years with a leading practice in architecture / interior design.

 

She moved to England in 1982 and worked in a Cambridge based architectural practice. She uses the medium of watercolour in her work, often incorporating her unique style of paper cutting. This creates a three- dimensional effect within her paintings. Utilising her architectural background to draw ideas for her artwork, Bhatia focuses on Indian as well as Western Architectural monuments, studying their details, styles and atmosphere. She paints buildings, giving particular attention to detail.

 

Awards

  • St Cuthbert’s Mill Award at theRWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016
  • The Schmincke Award at theRI Exhibition 2015
  • Winsor & Newton Awardfor Best Painting at the SWA Exhibition 2004
  • Frank Herring Award for Architectural Painting at the RIExhibition 2002

 

Exhibitions

2017

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

 

2016

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2015

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual exhibition

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Spring Exhibition by The Rona Group of Artists

Autumn Exhibition by The Rona Group of Artists

 

2014

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

Invited to Participate in Watermedia International Thessaloniki WIT2014 Thessaloniki, Greece

Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition

 

2013

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual exhibition

Spring Exhibition by The Rona Group of Artists

Pathways by The Rona Group of Artists

 

2012

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition

Imagine by The Rona Group of Artists

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

Arts For India Chatiry Auction in London

 

2011

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Genius of the Place Exhibition of Gray’s Inn and Gardens , London – by The Rona Group of Artists

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2010

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition

Inns & Outs Exhibition of the historic Inns of Court, London – by The Rona Group of Artists

Images of St Paul’s in the 21st Century Exhibition – celebrating the 300th anniversary of the completion of St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2009

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

RWS / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2008

Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) annual Exhibition

Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual Exhibition

RWS / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2007

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) C21 Open Exhibition

Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual Exhibition

Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2006

Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) C21 Open Exhibition

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Art & Design Show, Mumbai, India, organized by Ogaan Publications

Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition

Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2005

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition

Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) C21 Open Exhibition

Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2004

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Society of Women Artists (SWA) annual exhibition

Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

 

2003

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

Singer & Friedlander / Sunday Times Watercolour exhibition

 

2002

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

 

2001

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) annual exhibition

 

Commissions

  1. Private commission to paint a watercolour of Westminster Cathedral in 2014
  2. Private commission to paint a watercolour of the interior of St James’s Church, London in 2013
  3. Private commission to paint watercolours of the exterior and interior of Brompton Oratory in 2012
  4. Private commission to paint York Minster in 2012
  5. Private commission to paint St Etheldreda’s Church, London in 2012
  6. Private commission to paint a watercolour of The Houses of Parliament in 2010
  7. Private commission to paint Diwan-E-Khaas, Fatehpur Sikri, India in 2008
  8. Commissioned to paint a set of five watercolours of a 14th century manor house in Gloucestershire in 2006
  9. Private commission to paint a watercolour of San Zeno Basilica, Verona in 2004
  10. Private commission to paint a watercolour of Cloister Walk, Gloucester Cathedral in 2004
  11. Commissioned to paint an architectural watercolour for Limited Edition Prints to celebrate Letchworth Garden City’s Centenary in 2003

 

Public Collections

Gray’s Inn, London

Hertfordshire County Council Schools Art Collection

 

Articles

The Artist Magazine (UK) – November 2009

Elle Decor Magazine (India) – 2002