Bula Barua is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed Fine Artist and a published author of short stories and poetry. She has won several prestigious global and national awards for her ability to capture and communicate emotion and aesthetics through her beautiful artworks. Her works are included in many private and public collections and galleries around the world. Bula's works are very high in demand, as collectors wait in anticipation for her next piece.
I started my career as a traditional painter, using oils and acrylics on canvas. I love painting so much, but I always felt like something was missing. In 2016, I was introduced the art of blowing glass. That moment changed my life and the trajectory of my career as a Fine Artist.
I fell in love with the way glass reflects light and creates a visual dance for the viewer. I had an epiphany and realized that I had to find a way to incorporate blown glass into my paintings. I experimented relentlessly for many months with various techniques and materials, until I found the exact method that created the effect I was trying to achieve. That is how my style, "Blown Glass on Canvas" was realized.
Blown Glass on Canvas is very elegant, striking, vibrant and playful. The colors are bold, because I use raw pigments, which I never dilute. In every artwork, I use a combination of luxury materials to bring my vision to fruition. These include 24-karat gold leaf, genuine silver leaf, semi-precious stones (amethyst, topaz, sapphires and emeralds), blown glass, and more. Each painting sparkles, shimmers and changes as the sun sets. My art is very jeweled and has a royal quality about it, making it an elegant statement piece for any space. The result is a very abstract, emotional and fluid scene, leaving ample room for interpretation and imagination. There is a feeling of motion, space and freedom in every bespoke artwork. One of the most frequent comments I hear from visitors to my gallery is, “I’ve never seen anything like this before. It's gorgeous!”
I take a lot of time to plan out my paintings before I pick up a brush. I first start with a sketch and then graduate to pigments and paints. It often takes hundreds of layers of color to bring my vision to life. Once I have completed painting and am satisfied with the overall composition and color, I add luxury materials to the canvas. My final step is to add epoxy resin to the canvas and use a blow torch to smooth the glossy layer into a glamorous sheen.
After 72 hours, my canvas is fully cured, at which point, I paint the sides of my canvas in a metallic gold, black or silver. It is important to me that my collectors have the option of hanging my paintings straight onto their walls without having to frame them. Painting the sides of the canvas gives the artwork a finished look, so no frame is required. This entire process from start to finish can take weeks or months, depending on the size of my canvas and which materials I use.
I have been painting artworks since I was a small child, growing up in the Midwest. I used to paint over artworks that my parents bought, adding flowers to the mountains or rain to the sky. I also used to paint their vases, sculptures and anything else I could get my hands on.
Today, my bespoke Blown Glass on Canvas artworks have increased in market value by over 10 times since the day I created my first artwork. Each masterpiece is an investment that will grow exponentially, leaving a beautiful generational gift for those you love.
Art has always been a part of my life. It is my greatest joy to share my artworks with you.
Exhibits / Awards
March 2020 - Solo Exhibit
The Bula Barua Gallery
St. Petersburg, FL
Feb 2019 - Group Exhibit
New York, NY
Jan 2019 - Laguna Art Gallery Exhibit
Laguna Art Gallery
Laguna Niguel, CA
May 2015 - La Biennale di Venezia
June 2016 - Converse Italy
Bula Barua's artworks were featured on Converse Shoes in Italy.
October 1, 2012 - Seducing the Globe
September 2012 - Art Takes Back Atlanta
Billboard Art Project
August 2012 - Life: Real and Imagined
July 2012 - Be Still Life
July 2012 - Backlash Exhibit
SOHO20 CHELSEA GALLERY
New York, NY
June 2012 - Art Takes Times Square
Times Square, NYC (Billboards)