Indian girl Nupur Nishith spreading her culture globally through her Madhubani Paintings

Nupur Nishith is a New Jersey 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 from her mother. Even during education and profession in marketing communications and banking her passion for the art form continued through participation in exhibitions and conducting workshops in India.

Since moving to US she has worked to evolve the art form with new avenues and various bases such as paper, cloth, wood, ceramic, terracotta, glass, windows, 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 widespread reach. Her digital paintings have featured in the “National Award winning film Mithila Makhaan and a clothing line for children”.

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 reputed galleries and shows in New York and New Jersey in USA. Her painting Dheeya won an award at the national juried art show Color organized by Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition juried by curator from Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2016.

She also uses her art for social causes where she has made special paintings for NGOs working in the field of education and has been working  towards promotion of creative learning.

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 facebookinstagram, twitter with @creativemithila handle where she talks about her art and promotion of 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.

Artist Statement
I am New Jersey based artist 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 thecontemporary 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 my digital painting have featured on award winning feature film, clothing line 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 paintingsMithila paintings use natural and bright colors with symbolic distinct features, which I never hesitate texperiment 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 Recognition

• COLOR, Brooklyn Waterworks Artists Coalition, National Juried Show, Brooklyn ,NY, July 2016, Certificate of Recognition for painting Dheeya.

Selected Shows

• Diwali Art Exhibition featured artistBridge Art Gallery, Bayonne, NJ, October – November 16
• For the sake of Art, Bayonne Museum, Bayonne, NJ October 16
• Artist’s Choice, Barrow Mansion, Jersey City, NJ, October 2016
• What have you got to say?, City Life Gallery, Jersey City, October’16
• Jersey City Artist and Studio Tour, Flagship venue, Jersey City, NJ, October’16
• Featured Artist at Gallery Opening, Bridge Art Gallery, Bayonne, NJ, September – October 16
• In flux, Gallery 14 Maple, Morris Arts, Morristown, NJ, September’16 – February’17
• Vanity, Jersey City Theater Center, Jersey City, NJ, September- November 2016
• COLOR, Brooklyn Waterworks Artists Coalition, National Juried Show, Brooklyn ,NY, July 2016 
• Subject 13, Bee’s Art Gallery, Bayonne, NJ, June, 2016
• JC Fridays Art Show, Barrow Mansion, Jersey City, NJ, June 2016
• Spring Exhibit, Bayonne Museum, Bayonne, NJ, April 2016
• Diwali Event, Om Temple, Belleville, NJ, November 2015
• Summer’s Last Dance, Bee’s Art Gallery, Bayonne, NJ, September 2015 
• Bayonne Museum, Bayonne, NJ, April 2015

Selected Digital Work

• 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, Indiaan NGO working for promotion of Science.
• Designed for Gnaana Company, Fullerton, CA, USA for a Children Clothing Line 


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We wish her all the best for her future endeavors 🙂


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