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Prafull Sawant, "Evening at Nasik Ghat," watercolor on paper, 27 x 37 cm

Watercolor artist Prafull Sawant was born in 1979 into a family of artists who inspired him from childhood on. He was also born in the beautiful city of Nasik (Maharashtra state, India), surrounded by Hindu temples, river banks, old Indian homes, and narrow lanes. This landscape inspired Prafull to begin painting on location.

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Prafull Sawant, “Last Light,” watercolor on paper, 120 x 72 cm.; Prafull uses Arches 300GSM rough and Fine Grain Cold Press paper and Some Time Baohong watercolor paper from China.

He is best known for his plein air atmospheric landscapes that captures the light to create the mood and space of the scene. Prafull is a Brand Ambassador of Daniel Smith Artist materials, USA, which offers a “Daniel Smith Prafull Sawant Master Artist Watercolor Set.” He is the first and the only artist from India to get this honor.

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Prafull Sawant, “Ancient Town Near Seine River, France,” watercolor on paper, 40 x 50 cm.

Prafull told us that while painting outdoors in India, he is heavily inspired by the atmosphere and light on architecture. “I love to paint the essence of a particular location,” he said. “I love to find design in my landscapes.”

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Prafull Sawant, “Top View at Amsterdam,” watercolor on paper, 27 x 38 in.

Prafull said he’s always trying to find new places to paint, whether from cities in India to other countries as well. “For my watercolor workshops, I have visited more than 20 countries and have painted on location in more than 50 cities,” he said, adding that his favorites include Venice, Amsterdam, Paris, Vienna, Moscow, and more.

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Prafull Sawant, “Winter Evening at Thimi, Nepal,” watercolor on paper, 55 x 75 cm.
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Prafull Sawant, “Splendid Banaras,” watercolor on paper, 27 x 37 cm.
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Prafull Sawant, “Lane in Blue City,” watercolor on paper, 55 x 75 cm.

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