Spotlight - Nupur Kundu
SHORT PROFILE - NUPUR KUNDU
Nupur Kundu specialized in Fine Arts from the College Of Arts, New Delhi and has been exhibiting her abstract works for more than two decades now. She has had a number of Solo and Group Exhibitions both at National and International Level since 1996. She has also achieved Sangeet Bhaskar in Indian Classical Dance Kathak and has performed on stage for eighteen years.
She has been featured in India Today Magazines 30th Anniversary Issue amongst 30 young successful achievers turning Thirty. Nupur is a recipient of the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award for Fine Arts, 2008. She received the Junior Fellowship, Ministry Of Culture, Government of India. She is also a recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for the Best Contemporary Artist of the Year 2014. She was honored with the Indian Council for UN Relations Award in the field of Fine Arts, 2015. Nominated by Times of India Group to Judge their annual Durga Devi Namastute, New Delhi, 2014.
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. She has also judged various Art Competitions – For the Times of India and for Hindustan Times; At the Rashtrapati Bhawan for school children; YMCA; Airport Authority of India, Jindal Steel and All India Camlin Art Competition. She is a board Member on DPS School Sirsa and also on the Panel of NGO Shoobh Group.
Some of her important Commission Works include – Taj Phalaknuma Heritage Hotel, Hyderabad, 2011; Commissioned Mural painting along with Priety Zinta for Vespa Scooty in 2005; Series of 75 Oil on Canvas done for Trident Oberoi, Mumbai, 2006; Three commission works for TAJ GVK hotel, Chandigarh in 2005, one of which is a single piece Oil on Canvas of dimensions 7 feet by 22 feet & Jindal Steel Mural Painting in 2005
The Artist works and lives in New Delhi.
I endeavour to embody in my work the ineffable in colours. The colors are given freedom to flow, move, and dialogue with each other, share inaudibly and even invisibly the mystery of their being. They carry no thematic burden nor are pushed into the straight – jacket of meanings. They are themselves – in purity, in intense and furious purity. They are a narrative into themselves primarily - ‘Colourscapes’.
My work has always been non-representational. Representational work to me is more in the realm of skill rather than in that of intuition, spontaneity, adventure, search, mystery etc all of which greatly interest and influence me. I would not like to paint an idea but get sensitized by the painting. This has indeed had a great influence in my thinking and practice.
Dancing was my first love. As a matter of fact that the rhythm and colour of Indian classical dance has influenced my work, it is not altogether surprising that I treat colour as performance. On my canvas, particularly the larger one, colours engage in furious dance. My act in fact ‘very performance – oriented’. It is like dancing from one color to another. It is a pure dance creating significant patterns of movement and rhythm covering space without overshadowing it. The space gets painted, in fact, sometimes over-painted.