Many people rediscover their creative sides after a lifetime of living, working and pushing aside their early creative endeavors. Perhaps they needed that time to realize their true potential. I recently met a man who has rediscovered his passion for life.
Prabir K Das, known as PK, is living his passion again, finally. PK is the founder of Aseity Creations, a creative space for all persuasions to gather, learn and create at 1907 Sabine St., Suite 110. PK’s bold vision includes instruction for all levels of experience with an emphasis on realizing one’s true identity as a creative.
Big ideas sometimes take a lifetime to realize or in PK’s case, recognize. One benefit of a lifetime of hindsight is taking massive, immediate action without looking back, taking no for an answer and seeing your way around “obstacles.”
In India where PK grew up, he started his creative career as a photographer, first as a still photographer in commercial productions and then print and magazines. At age 21 he published a book of short stories, and by 23 he wrote, directed and produced his first short film. At 28, PK moved to the U.S. and studied English Literature. And when bills started to pile up, life took over.
Fast forward 22 years and PK left the corporate world “with the determination to return to my core,” he told me. With a friend they launched a successful international magazine. He later organized the South Asian Theater Festival and wrote his first two stage plays in English (the first 12 were in his native language) with much success and professional accolades.
In 2017, PK visited Houston on a tour with his book, “The Fourth Child: Glimpses of Twentieth Century Bengali Poetry,” and moved to Houston.
Art Valet: Why did you move here?
PK: “My conviction in bringing the creative space to a larger and diverse population brought me to Houston, which is by far the best (American) city I ever lived in.”
AV: Why did you found Aseity Creations?
PK: “Since 2012, I have been wanting to develop a center where I can extend support and assistance to creative individuals so that they can advance in their life as a creative individual. I do not want any other individual to lose the precious time of their life trying to survive through other means when they truly crave to pursue creative works (whatever field it maybe). Houston gave me that opportunity. Now, I am as energized and as vigorous as I was in my 20s.”
AV: Describe Aseity Creations.
PK: “Aseity Creations extends a wholesome experience for its participants. We operate through three distinct wings.
“(Imagenuine) is our studio and gallery wing. Anyone can rent our studio floor to develop their body of work. This is where we hold a monthly speaker series given by distinguished personalities in various creative streams. We also hold exhibitions of 2D medium artworks and offer equipment rental for a very nominal charge to those who need it.
“(Second Identity First) is our academy wing. As the name says, we intend to convert our second identity of being an artist (or creative) to make it the first identity. This is where we want to introduce ideas, skills, strategies of remaining true to the self by upholding the only identity of a creative individual.
“(Houston Artists’ Commune) is our member wing. Advanced individuals can join here to prepare themselves for the larger world of art entrepreneurship. We will provide all the support necessary to get them ready for the real world.”
AV: What artists and creatives are on board now?
PK: “Following moving to Sabine Street Studios (Sawyer Yards), I extensively roamed around the city to identify the real talents. I attended art markets (such as First Saturday Arts Market), art shows, studios, galleries and talked with hundreds of creative people. Following an in-depth review and interview, I hand-picked several creative individuals to become our instructors. Currently, we have 14 instructors. And we are still adding. We are still interviewing. Qualified artists, photographers, filmmakers, writers are welcome to inquire about our openings for the position of instructor. And yes, it is a paid position.”
AV: What is your big wild dream for Aseity Creations?
PK: “I dream often that some of my students and members have made it big in their creative world. If I can have just a few people materializing their dream in this creative world, I will know my endeavor has been successful. I wake up every morning knowing I have reached another step closer to make the dreams of many people (regardless of their age bracket) come true soon.
“I love to meet people, I love to bounce off ideas, I aspire to share your dream. Let’s meet. Let’s make it happen.”
Aseity Creations’ full website, www.imagenuine.com, is set to launch within the next week. Classes will be limited and are open to members and non-members. Membership discounts will be offered. PK encourages those interested to contact them in advance to secure a spot via email at email@example.com or by phone at 281-703-5670.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com.