Who we are
About Studio Bonsai:
A family of artists, we've been painting, sculpting and photographing since forever. We work across mediums and our tools are defined by the content. Studio Bonsai is where we bring our work together for all to experience. We are based out of Kolkata, India and San Francisco, USA.
Studio Bonsai specializes in motion picture and still photography, sculpture and illustration. We are also happy to help with conservation solutions for restoring, preserving and archiving your vintage photographic assets including celluloid and glass negatives, prints and albums.
Our expertise in:
Motion picture and still photography:
Vatsala offers five years' experience in filmmaking with a focus on Cinematography. She trained at India's national film school "Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)". She is skilled in the art of lighting scenes with dramatic appeal and her experience includes working with both film format (16 mm, 35 mm - color & B&W) and digital RAW capture. Aside from contributing her skills as DP on twelve films (short, documentaries, narrative feature) she's helped on more than a dozen films as Second Unit DP, 1st/2nd AC, Focus Puller, Gaffer, Grip, and B Roll Camera Operator.
Outside of her film practice she pursues darkroom and digital printmaking parallel to personal still photography projects. Previously she has served as Photo Researcher with the Forbes India Magazine in Mumbai and Curator and Producer for Open Show Pune.
Nilima trained in Sculpture at the Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, graduating with a Gold medal recognizing her talent and commitment to the medium.
She has been a sculptor in studio at the Lalit Kala Kendra, Kolkata (2003- 2013).
Nilima comes with expertise in large size sculptures in Bronze, Terra-cotta, Papier Mache and Dokra casting. Over the years she has developed a personalized Patina style of her own. She has worked with wood fired as well as electric ovens and moulds, glazes and polishes all her sculptures herself, so you can be assured of her personal touch. All her work comes signed and numbered and the papier mache line is chemically treated to be termite resistant and last for years.
Nilima has exhibited widely and regularly across Indian art galleries in major metropolitan art centers. Her work is in private collections in India, UK and UAE as well as private galleries in India.
Further experience detailed on CV.
Trivia:She was the first ever woman student to be accepted in the sculpture department at Rabindra Bharati University and was initially turned away because "sculpture is the realm of men". She eventually went on to top her class and was the first girl student to ever graduate with a gold medal in sculpture honored by the Governor of Calcutta.
Jawahar grew up exploring the hills and jungles of Satpura in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh. A self taught artist, he is deeply inspired by nature, family, lyric and stories. Art is both habit and discipline to him.
Drawing predominantly in pen and ink, he sometimes also works with dry pastels, charcoals, and dry felt ink. His palette is for the most part monochromatic with stylistically controlled bold and lyrical strokes.
His art is a celebration of the landscape and people that have nourished his soul - a rhapsody of strokes segueing between portraiture and landscape of the familiar but overlooked.
Alongside drawing, Jawahar writes prose, poetry, art criticism and objective essays in Hindi. He has published two books of his poems and illustrated for hindi and bangla literature.
Some of his publications are carried by:
Samkaleen Kala (Lalit Kala Akademy), Rang Prasang (NSD), Sabrang, Jansatta, Dinman, Navbharat Times, Ravivar (ABP), Parivartan, Anoupcharika.