Nandan Purkayastha is a contemporary artist whose works are firmly placed in the now.The fantastical characters that inhabit the landscape of his paintings are memories from the folk dances that he was privy to as a child growing up in Assam.The beautiful tapestry of textures that he loves to weave patiently around these creatures is a testimony to his background in fashion designing.
A recent though prolific artist,the subject of The artist's deep engagement is the human psyche.His works are an extension of and run parallel to his experiences in life as well as draw upon his many travels. He likes, in the words of Luis Leal ,"to seize the mystery that breathes behind things " .
The artist is a backpacking itinerant but calls kolkata home.
His works linger in the realm between what the artist desires and that which is reality. Theatrically grand and beautifully detailed characters from fables and folklore past,are juxtaposed in a strangely comforting,lyrical and serene interaction,media res,poised and waiting as if for a saviour or performing a ritual of their own,making a declaration even, of some kind,conspiring.