St. Thomas artist Prea Bhandari’s debut exhibition, Euphoria, is a color-burst-rebellion and a strong statement from a young artist achieving her prolific pursuit. Presenting a dynamic blend of both abstract craft and portraiture, Ms. Bhandari's artistic practices are both technically mysterious and purely cutting edge. This exhibition’s thirty nine pieces were created throughout 2021, culminating in a psychedelic collection that challenges preconceptions of fine art while asking viewers to consider subjectively what each piece invokes within. - The Curators, 81C, December 2021
Prea Bhandari grew up on St. Thomas and has lived in Paris, Milan, and London. She has a degree in fashion design and marketing. Her graduate collection featured sustainable avant-garde fashion inspired by the drapings of upcycled, broken umbrellas, with an emphasis on circularity, organic textiles, and zero waste practices. She is currently based in the Virgin Islands.
“My art varies from purely abstract acrylic pour paintings to realistic oil portraits of women. I am heavily inspired by vibrant colors and feminine energy, and use these elements as tools to convey the emotions and ideas behind my pieces. Euphoria is an explosion of color, taking viewers on a journey through each painting.” - P.B.