Debapriyo Nandan Purkayastha was born in Assam in 1986. He studied Fashion and Design and graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Delhi. Nandan was inspired by ancient Indian mythology as well as old Western cowboy classics. His work, mostly in monochrome drawings and paintings, comes in intricately detailed pen and ink imagery on paper. Durga Puja festivities and rituals, ranging from creation of the idols to their immersion, are featured with depth and dimension. Though faceless, his idols and people, with inter-related elements composed in contoured spiral patterns, bring the imagery alive. The impact of his training in fashion is evident in the drapery and hairstyle of figures and the contours of birds and beasts in his work.
The young artist has already had two solo exhibitions in Kolkata 2009 and Delhi 2011. His first solo exhibition in Mumbai was with Art Musings Monochrome, 2012. He has also been a part of group shows.
The artist lives and works in Kolkata.
His exhibits with us are titled Durga, a pen and ink, water colour and acrylic on cold pressed paper made in 2022 and Estate Saga, a sculpture made out of Fiberglass, tea plucking machine made in 2019.