We are excited to introduce Watercolor Artist Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay, who is a DANIEL SMITH Brand Ambassador to India, and who is passionately helping to introduce our Products to artists throughout the country!
Why do you paint with watercolors? What is it about them that you enjoy?
“Watercolour is the most challenging medium to handle, it is very fascinating to get the transparency, to work with layer after layer. There is no scope for correction, that’s the best part. The way one color mixes with other color with the help of water; is the most thrilling part. Some artists avoid this risk, but I enjoy it the most!”
Many of your paintings are about texture, what is it about texture that you find so appealing to paint?
“We often choose the subject we love most, over time that becomes our signature style. I prefer to paint abandoned objects which have a patina of rust. Also, I love to work with textured objects, each has its own story, every object’s texture is different from another. In our pursuit of the perfect subject, we mostly look up, but during the process, we often miss many objects which are lower down, nearer the ground.
Texture has its own language; I have studied it and with every opportunity, I try to portray it with watercolours on paper.
Art is a reflection of our mind. When we create a series, our thoughts get reflected. My “WE” series is like that. All these subjects have their own unique appearance and different textures. I have used a thinner brush to create these textures, and not a spray gun. It takes time to complete each piece of textural communication with this method.”
WE The Uncut Talents – “All rocks look so different from each other. They have their own color, texture, shape, it is just like with human beings, one is different from the other. When we chisel them, they take a different shape, and become priceless.”
WE The Unfortunates – “Leaves look best on the tree. If they wouldn’t have fallen, they would have looked much better, but in the natural process, one has to accept that just like our life, some of us go up, stay there but some fall, get ruined.”
WE The Protectors – “Shells protect the inside creature from the outside weather and other natural calamities. In our life we also need some protection like the shell, which protects from all the odds.”
Why do you choose DANIEL SMITH Watercolors? What is it about them that you love?
“DANIEL SMITH is the only colour brand, which I have been using since last couple of years. Earlier I tried many other brands, but once I found DS, I got addicted. Love for DS watercolours comes from within!
The best attributes of DANIEL SMITH colours is that the colours are easily soluble, their pigments are very different from others, especially the PimaTeks, and all the colours are very rich and vibrant. With a comprehensive portfolio for beginners and masters, working with DANIEL SMITH colours gives the artist an inner joy that is unparalleled and very satisfying.”
–Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay
Thank you Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay!
DANIEL SMITH Watercolors for Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay’s Artist Dot Card
An arts graduate from Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kolkata (1990), Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay was an advertising professional till 2011. That’s when he decided to pursue full time painting and had a burning desire to ‘revive’ watercolours in India.
Often considered as a relatively easy medium, watercolour is one of the toughest mediums to work with and Rajat has well mastered this. Watercolour remains his forte and he likes to capture nature, landscapes, and abandoned objects through his work. Rajat wants to preserve nature in his work. In today’s world, nature is gradually perishing and he likes to capture its beauty and essence through his watercolour paintings. He wants watercolours to be established as an iconic medium in arts.
Rajat is the Country Leader of Fabriano InAcquarello (India) since 2016. He has led many workshops, demonstrations, group and solo exhibitions and art tours across cities in India, Bangladesh, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Thailand, and Nepal to name a few. He works out of his studio in New Delhi, India.