Arun Prem

Arun is based in southern California. Arun paints daily – to him painting is a way to process and memorialize his personal experiences, celebrate life and come to terms with challenges. Just as immigration and travel have shaped his life thus far, his artwork often tackles isolation, cultural conflict and colonial history. The resulting art is very personal and reflective of his personality.

He attributes the variety of themes and the quick brush movements to his short attention span and dyslexic tendencies. The colorful palette results from his upbringing in India. Living in California inspired Arun to make realistic seascapes which he paints in his studio from his own photographs.

Arun’s work is influenced by many styles – abstract expressionism, impressionism, orientalism to name a few. His favorite artists are an eclectic group including John Singer Sargent, Jean-Leon Jerome, Krishen Khanna, Cecily Brown, Willem DeKoonig and Richard Diebenkorn.

Arun is a member of the San Diego Museum of Art’s Artists Guild.

In March 2019, Arun was awarded 2nd place Award of Excellence in the group show sponsored by the San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild at Lyceum Theater; Curator – Sonya Sparks.

Artworks





Sea of Glass #2

A California seascape from La Jolla in San Diego, oil on canvas in impressionist style, has a textured finish

Medium: oil in canvas
Dimensions: 42" X 0.75" X 24"
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Desert Razzle

the colors and the shape of the desert are special and different, as is the heat which is very distinct from the coastal variety in CA! Bright warm colors and abstract, textured desert shapes inspired by my visits to Arizona

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30" X 0.5" X 24"
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The New Age

The New Age has warm, saturated colors and bold outlines, brushwork, all call attention to this painting. the theme is change, and the feeling of impermanence and uncertainty from living in a world that changes at a growing pace

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40" X 0.5" X 30"
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Woman in the Mountain

A whimsical and colorful abstract inspired by mythology

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48" X 0.75" X 48"
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CA #3

abstract with warm complementary colors that evoke the light and warmth of California.. colors and recurring shapes..the paint is applied in various consistencies creating an interesting set of textures

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48" X 0.75" X 48"
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Blue City Waiting

impressionist painting in contrasting warm colors contrasts and textured

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48" X 0.75" X 48"
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New Dawn

my view of the cultural confusion which is an unintended consequence of immigration

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36" X 0.75" X 36"
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Small World

my view of the cultural confusion which is an unintended consequence of immigration

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 60" X 0.75" X 40"
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Small Things

Abstract impressionism in neutral colors

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40" X 0.75" X 60"
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Secret Garden

oil on canvas..warm colors. The greens in this painting look vibrant and draw the viewer in..invite exploration. Impressionist style landscape of garden in Central Park, NY. Textured brushwork with contrasts of sun and shade

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30" X 0.75" X 40"
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Beach in Winter

Laguna Beach in southern CA, in Orange County - my go to beach for inspiration. In winter the beach can be deserted even on sunny warm evening - on this day the water was clear and green and beautiful..

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48" X 0.75" X 24"
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Last Light Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a short drive from my home, I go there often for walks and inspiration and it always revives the spirits and provides material for my art. This painting is from a visit on warm fall evening in 2017 just before sunset . The incoming tide looks dramatic against the low sun which turns turn the waves into a bottle green color.

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30" X 0.75" X 24"
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Hidden Cove

Ready to hang... made from my recent photos taken in Anavyssos, Greece during Spring 2018; I discovered this hidden cove while hiking on the one lane coastal route; as I looked down from the curb, this beach almost hidden by trees was directly below, unfortunately the access was blacked by a gated community. The intense light of the Greek spring is depicted by a lot of white in the sandy coloring and on the rocks..

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 20" X 0.75" X 16"
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Morning in CA

Ready to hang .. oil on stretched canvas; this painting articulates the reason for living in California despite congestion, cost of living and smog..

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 24" X 0.75" X 18"
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Malibu Beach

MALIBU - oil on canvas; 24x30" - I saw this beach in a movie - Cafe Society - and took a few screenshots off my TV, I decided to try it as a beach scape - the ultra warm colors may be result of the screen capture it was done over several days to get the paint to set in layers and to set off the white final touches against contrasting backgrounds to get the water to sparkle.

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 30" X 0.75" X 24"
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La Jolla Sunset

Ready to hand, oil on canvas - Twilight California was made from my reference photos taken in La Jolla in San Diego. The pale yellow and orange sky is reflected in the blue green water creating unusual color harmonies and setting reflective mood.

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36" X 0.75" X 24"
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Blue Haven

made from my recent photos of Monterey taken last November - this was an intimidating seascape due to the various shades of turquoise blue and green and the sparkling early afternoon light and the transparent water. I work without drawings to save time. The light on the wet mossy rocks which are a mix of green and brown was an interesting contrast to the blues - the water has this unique steely blue color in Monterey that always makes the seascapes more interesting but challenging.

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40" X .75" X 30"
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Shining Sea

oil on stretched canvas; ready to hang; it was made from my pictures from a recent afternoon visit to the Aliso Creek Beach in City of Laguna Beach. The waves at this beach are clear, wild and ideal for seascapes..the overhead light reflected on the water has a blinding quality and hard to reproduce in paint - i used several coatings of opaque white for reflected light, and surrounded the bright lights with very dark shadows to get it to sparkle.

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36" X .75" X 36"
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Rainbow Forest

Ready to hang; oil on canvas with bright contrasting fall colors and textured finish

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 40" X 0.75" X 30"
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Blue Light

Ready to hang, oil on stretched canvas - the canvas frame is painted blue on the side

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 18" X 0.5" X 18"
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Twilight Garden

Oil on canvas - canvas is stretched on light frame, ready to hang

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 36" X 0.75" X 24"
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Spring Tide

Oil on canvas; canvas is stretched on light frame, ready to hang, impressionist CA seascape, large size on square canvas with blue and turquoise shades

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 48" X 0.75" X 48"
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Hidden Venice

ready to hang - oil on canvas - canvas is stretched on light frame; impressionist landscape in emerald tones; color contrasts and textured finish

Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 18" X 0.75" X 18"
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