Palette scapes by globally acclaimed abstract artist Nupur Kundu
Nupur Kundu, a well known contemporary Indian artist who passed her Bachelor’s degree in painting from the College of Arts, New Delhi, India has been exhibiting her abstract works for almost two decades now both nationally and internationally. The aesthetic environment of the college helped her realize her dream on a professional level. She also kept her dancing instinct alive by completing her Sangeet Bhaskar in Indian classical dance (Kathak) from Chandigarh University, and has several dance performances to her credit. She has been featured in India Today Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Issue amongst 30 young successful achievers and received several recognition and honors namely:
- Recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Fine Arts, 2008.
- Received the Junior Fellowship, Ministry Of Culture, Government of India, 2011 – 2013.
- Recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for the Best Contemporary Artist of the Year, 2014
- Honored with Indian Council for UN Relations Award in the field of Fine Arts, 2015
- Chosen by Times of India Group to Judge their annual Durga Devi Namaste – Best Durga Puja in New Delhi, 2014
- Judged various Art Competitions – For the Times of India; For Hindustan Times, At the Rashtrapati Bhawan fro school children; YMCA; Airport Authority of India, Jindal Steel and All India Camlin Art Competition.
Anjolie Ela Menon, one of India’s leading contemporary artists and muralist who is best known for her religious-themed works, portraits, and nudes, said Nupur Kundu’s presend body of work reinforces her reputation as one of the foremost exponents of abstract painting amongst young artist. The strength of her canvases speaks of a thorough grounding, a sureness of touch, expert handling of the medium and the use of thick impasto with a palette knife, resulting in works that have an impressive presence. She achieves this without recourse to either historical or topical references, creating a utopia of her own making replete with the pure imaginary of a world created simply out of pigment and space.
“Nupur has always been a colourist of great merit and her paintings a joyous celebration of color. Those paintings which are more monochromatic with the warm reds, glowing cadmiums and verdant greens resonating from imagined landscape, that create an uninterrupted color field with occasional accents of another pigment, have been her forte. Her work adheres to aesthetic principles which are almost classical in their reliance on both form and color.” Menon said.
Eminent Indian painter and considered an important painter of 21st century India, Jogen Chowdhury, said He distinctly remember Nupur being a very expressive professionally trained Kathak performer, and having experience that on numerous occasions. With that background, one can very easily articulate her amazing connect with her creations on canvas. There is really a true connect, which is evident with her artistic strokes inspired from the rhythm and movment of Indian classical dance, translated on the fathoms of the bare canvas.
Jogen also added that Nupur has shown tremendous finesse in abstract painting. The world of Abstractions, it seems comes lucidly as a second nature to her. Nupur’s creations evidently explore the entire color spectrum with utmost confidence and simplicity; and the result is a mesmerizing experience crating scapes from her own palette. The passion for plethora of colors is very apparent, and so is her unique blending technique.
“The entire surface of her canvas glows and outshines with multi-layered effect, and at the same time it generously shows the under painting which itself is equally and astonishingly vibrant.” Chowdhury said.
Artzest gallery, an online platform for authentic contemporary art is grateful to showcase the abstract works of Nupur Kundu. All artwork procured through Artzest are original and are certified by the artist. Her abstract works are available through our website at www.artzest.org/artist/nupur-kundu/
The color red and its shades dominate the works of artist Nupur Kundu as she layers the gold and the ochres, the blacks and the grays with sharp tones of red and crimson. Nupur’s works are multi colored mosaics to say the least but the choice of colors primarily leans towards the warm hues. Gold features liberally in her works as does beige and browns.
In some of the works a hint of a sharp blue and green seeps through the gold and the red as a reminder of the destination of the earth element’s outer covering. Nupur abstracts the energy of the earth, the ultimate creator, and the regenerator in her works.
Vision is the specialty of abstract artists. The visionaries who created those images not only endowed us, the viewers, with the gift of new things to see; they offered us entirely new ways of seeing. Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve a unique aesthetic and in many cases, a deep emotional response from the viewers.
Nupur has participated in several exhibitions both in India and abroad. Apart from exhibiting in India, her works have travelled to London, Dubai, Singapore, Paris, USA and Mauritius. Nupur has also worked closely with special children by conducting workshops. She has held Multi Media workshops for the British Council of India; IFFCO; Tihar Jail, New Delhi.