Nupur Nishith is a New Jersey, USA based artist born in Madhubani district of Mithila region in India. Growing up in the environment famous for a unique ancient folk art of Mithila or as popularly known Madhubani Paintings which are part of every festival and major religious function, she took up the paintings at an early age. Even during education and profession in marketing communication and banking her passion for the art form continued through participation in exhibitions and conducting workshops in India.
Since moving to USA she has worked to evolve the art form with new avenues and various bases such as paper, cloth, wood, ceramic, terracotta, glass, everyday products etc. apart from the traditional paintings on walls and floors. Her interest in technology led her in taking the art form digital route in a way that the paintings can be printed in various modes for an even widespread reach. Her digital paintings have featured on an award winning film Mithila Makhaan, clothing line for children, every day products, cards, etc
With experience and experimentation she has evolved a unique style of art with an amalgamation of traditional motifs of ancient folk art with modern contemporary themes and tools with global appeal. After long part time career tenure she turned full time professional with her art career in 2015. Her paintings have since been exhibited at various art shows in New York and New Jersey. She was awarded with Certificate of Recognition for her painting Dheeya at national juried artshow COLOR organised by Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition(BWAC), Brooklyn, NY, USA juried by curator of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA),New York, USA.
Her hand painted Piano for Sing for Hope was on display as Public Art Project in New York and will soon move to its permanent home in a New York City School. Her paintings are in private collections at many places all around the world.
She also uses her art for social causes where she has made special paintings for NGOs working in the field of education and promotion of creative learning. She has also donated paintings for use at various social causes.
She maintains a website by the name of “Creative Mithila” to showcase her paintings and talk about the art form. She is also active on social media platforms facebook, Instagram, twitter with @creativemithila handle where she talks about her art and Mithila art in general. The name self describes itself where her art is inspired from the traditional ancient art from Mithila though evolved in her own unique style.
I am inspired by the art from my birthplace, Mithila paintings or as popularly known Madhubani paintings an ancient folk art from India. I took up the art form at an early age observing my mother make them for various occasions, rituals and festivals. Over the years I have evolved my own distinct style by fusing the contemporary ideas with traditional art form using modern tools.
My curiosity to explore more avenues has led me to work on various surfaces ranging from paper, canvas, cloth, wood, ceramic, terra cotta and glass to various utility and recycled objects in addition to the traditional paintings on floor and wall. With an inclination towards technology I also make digital paintings in my style of art for projection on digital media and mass production goods wherein I have designed for award winning feature film, clothing line, cards, posters and various utility products.
Mithila Artform is famous for the details in the paintings in a flat two dimensional perspective with no shading or overlapping. Taking it to the next level I draw inspiration for my art from my experience and surroundings. I visualize objects and situations in two-dimensional perspective to create the motifs and designs which makes my art unique and distinct. While working on an idea I like to do a research on the subject to create my symbolic motifs and designs to be incorporated in the painting. Mithila paintings use natural and bright colors with symbolic distinct features, which I never hesitate to experiment with while conserving the essence of the art form. I work freehand without using any stencils or pattern tools by hands on my various projects.
I have learned through observation and everyday experiments. During research and production new areas of interest arise and lead to the next body of work. So every piece that I create has a story to tell based on the research and its process of development.
Major Awards and Accolades
- Certificate of Recognition - Dheeya - COLOR - Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (BWAC) - July 2016. Juror Ms Lilian Tone, Assistant Curator at Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- Special Merit award - RangNritya - 6th Annual All Women Art Exhibition - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - January 2017.
- Popular people involved in Public Activities for work in the field of arts especially Mithila / Madhubani Paintings by Fame India Magazine - Asia Post survey in January 2017
- Honorable Mention - Dheeya , The Girl Child - Women 2017 - ArtisTTable - January 2017
- Designed for Mithila Makhaan, National Award Winning Maithili Feature Film
- Designed for Association for Promotion of Creative Learning, Patna, India
- Designed for Science is Fun, Lucknow, India, an NGO working for promotion of Science.
- Designed for Gnaana Company, Fullerton, CA, USA for a Children Clothing Line
- Designed exclusive Wedding Card