About Me

My Art Journey

Hello, I'm Kusum Shabong, a visual artist based in Wokingham, UK, specialising in vibrant, impressionistic paintings. My artistic journey has led me to explore the beauty of landscapes, architecture, portraits, and still life through the unique medium of watercolour. I offer a collection of original works for ...

Artistic Philosophy and Approach

At the core of my artistic practice is a deep appreciation for the beauty and versatility of watercolours. I believe that this medium possesses a unique quality, allowing me to capture the ephemeral and ever-changing aspects of our world. Inspired by the play of light, colour, and spontaneity, I strive to create ...

Past Exhibitions

  • Wokingham Art Society 2018, 2019,2020,2021,2022, 2023
  • Artfest, Wokingham 2018
  • Reading Guild of Artists: 'Celebrating our Town: Discover Reading' 2020 Online Exhibition and 'While we Wait' 2021, 'Reconnected' 2021, 'Art Works' 2022, @Continuum' 2023
  • Doncaster Art Fair 'Diversity Exhibition' 2020 (Winner- Second Place)
  • Holyart, London 'Rebirth' Exhibition 2020
  • Mellow Art Award, Japan 2020
  • 99 World Artists UK Contest 2020
  • Featured as guest artist in Doodlewashed online platform.
  • South Asian Art Exhibition 2021, Birmingham
  • International Watercolor Exhibition, Niigata, Japan 2021 organised by Japan International Watercolor Institute (JIWI)
  • 1st IWS Singapore International Watercolour Exhibition 2021 (shortlisted for Exhibition in August 2021)
  • Longlisted in the Malaysia International Online Juried Art Competition 'Figures & Faces' 2021.
  • The Manchester 2020 Exhibition in Quay Street gallery from June to July 2021
  • IWS Pennsylvania 'Art in Covid Times' 2021 among shortlisted artists
  • 'Artists on the Rise' Contemporary art catalogue by Chalkwell Auctions
  • ' Royal Berkshire Hospital Corridor Exhibition' July -August 2021, Reading
  • Reading Charity Art Fair Oct 2021
  • 'A Sense of Space' Exhibition @ South Hill Park Art Centre, Bracknell 2022
  • Fabrianoin Acquarello Exhibition 2023, Bologna.
  •  Reading Guild of Artists 92nd Annual Exhibition 'Continuum Art in the Flow' from 21st July to 1st August'23.
  • Wokingham Art Trail September'23.
  • RGA Small Works at Riverside Museum Turbine House, 2023
  • The Rotary Charity Art and Craft Fair, October 2023 organised by The Rotary Club of Maiden Erlegh.
  • Woodley and Earley Spring Exhibition 2024

Upcoming Shows: 1. Insight Exhibition at The Base, Newbury from 4th to 27th May'24.

2. Acorn Open Studios under the banner of Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire 2024

Dates : May 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th. (10am to 5pm) More details below.

3. Reading Guild Of Artists 93rd Annual Exhibition 15th June to 25th June'24 (10am to 4pm) at L04 Art Building, The .Institute of Education, London Road Campus Reading, RG15AG.

4. Wokingham Art Society's Annual Exhibition 20th July to 3rd August'24 at St Patrick's Parish Hall, Wokingham Road, Rg411Eh (10am to 5pm)

Upcoming Events : Highlights

Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire (Through Acorn Open Studios)

Come along on a journey through the colourful world of art this May as the Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire (OSWBNH) initiative springs to life once again, running from May 4th to May 27th, 2024. I'm thrilled to share that I'll be part of this year's line-up, among 24 new artists joining the ranks of 135 creators across 89 venues. I'm excited to extend a personal invitation to you to explore the works of these emerging talents and immerse yourself in their creative realms. You can find more information about the Open Studios [here] https://www.open-studios.org.uk/portfolios/2024/kusum-shabong .

Together with seven other local artists, we've formed our own collective, 'Acorn Open Studios', proudly flying the OSWBNH banner. We're throwing open our studio doors and venues, free of charge, to showcase our creations right where they were born. You can find more details about our group [here] https://acornopenstudios.uk/ .

I'll be opening my venue, number 30, to showcase my work throughout May, including both days of the weekend. Expect to see a few live demonstrations and enjoy some refreshments. And don't miss the chance to win a delightful hamper by visiting all eight venues under Acorn!

Participating in an event like Open Studios can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. As an artist, I'm usually more on the introverted side, but I'm eager to connect with anyone interested in learning about my creative process and journey. You can find me at [location : https://maps.app.goo.gl/jMkxbToTvujamn9A7 ], just keep an eye out for the colourful banner!

The annual Open Studios event continues to thrive, with increasing numbers of visitors, artists, and sales each year. It's a true testament to the vibrant artistic community that surrounds us. You can even read about it in the April issue of Round and About, where this event is featured. And don't forget to check out the INSIGHT showcase exhibition at The Base in Greenham, Newbury, where I'm exhibiting two of my works. Here, you can engage in meaningful conversations with artists as they share insights into their creative processes. Our art space is designed to feel warm and inviting, ensuring that everyone can enjoy and appreciate art. While our artworks are available for purchase, there's absolutely no pressure to buy—we're here to enrich your visit and celebrate the joy of art together.