Nilladri Dutt is a practising architect with a passion for art. Born in a family of designers and vocal artists, he has been sketching since childhood. In his professional career, he has been sought after for his sketching skills particularly those that require the visual expression of complex design renderings and detailed building interiors.
Nilladri used the opportunity provided by the isolation of the Covid -19 lockdown to give rein to his inner creativity and further explore his latent talent.
Nilladri completed his undergraduate studies in Architecture from Gujarat, India and pursued a postgraduation from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He worked for various architecture firms in Australia and India. In India, he was associated with Hyatt hotels as a senior consultant where he collaborated with renowned international design firms like the Japanese Interior Design firm, Super Potato. He was also employed by DLF Emporio Restaurants and Studio HBA. Since 2015, he has worked on developing avenues in renewable energy. He lives in Gurgaon, India.
Nilladri’s artwork is evocative and poignant. It illustrates strong emotive expression with a unique haunting style. His choice of colour and strokes accentuate and highlight his bold expressive style and inspire varied and intriguing interpretations. Nilladri enjoys working with acrylic on canvas as well as pen, charcoal and pastels on paper. The artwork represents the haunted yet graceful, beautiful yet surreal observation of his repeated enquiry.
The sketches in his debut album have been inspired by the suffering of migrants. His prolific sketches explore human emotions through facial expressions. The bold strokes express the pathos of the characters and their spirit of endurance. The facial expression mirrors the emotional state of an individual to observers. The expressions captured by Nilladri are reflections of emotions for the audience to engage with.
After the pandemic, his focus shifted to the places he visited & the impression they left on him. The new series focuses on those impressions and the awareness of spaces that comes to him inherently due to his training as an architect. The series is, thus, an impressionistic expression of the artist as opposed to factual depiction.
Art is my passion! I am interested in depictions of my experiences and impressions. My work focuses on emotions, elemental undertones and the dynamics of space. The colours, tone and lines are the tools I use to convey the essence of human emotions. Each stroke that I draw is an opportunity to create work that exhibits inner soul, feelings and timelessness. I am influenced by the dialects of the silent. The creative process and the artwork happen serendipitously. I strive to mould the physical and spiritual characteristics of people and spaces in a manner which expresses my emotions and impressions, but leaves room for the audience to have and form their own interpretations.
I intend to pursue my talent and passion as I aspire for a career in art. I am a prolific artist. I want to showcase my artwork through exhibitions and grow with the encouragement of peers and support of friends and audience. I will continue to explore themes of interest, including divinity and equine creatures.
Nilladri has poured the continuing saga of the human condition onto canvas. Whether it be his family’s deep-rooted connection to Banaras, or the way architecture links him to the mighty forts and palaces of Rajasthan, or the memories of his travels to a bustling New York- his evocative brush strokes link the colours and the black and whites to the strengths and weaknesses of being human. All that he paints- urbanscapes, landscapes, portraits- are part of the world we live in, what we have created and shaped for ourselves. Nilladri’s brush makes them part of us, just as we are part of them.
The Exhibition “Urban Brush’ was on 11th & 12th December 2021 at Novus Tower, Gurgaon – a building which he has helped in design.
The Second Exhibition was held at Hauz khas village on December 2022