What do our rooms mean to us? An escape from reality for some, an encounter with a world of our creation for some others. No matter how varied our opinions might be, the crux remains the same: our rooms are our retreat, our haven, and ideally, a place that gives us the freedom to be the people we really are. Now picturize your room come alive, reflecting your true spirit. Not sure if blank walls can do justice to that.
And this is where Sharmila Dutta of Colour Blot comes in. The twenty three year old art enthusiast from Kolkata has made her mark as one of the prominent muralists of the city.
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“I had never formally done art before,” she says, “but since I was interested, I decided to follow it.”
Sharmila started off with painting alcohol bottles as a means of recycling them, but after she joined a clothing line, she realized that her art needed to be expressed on objects that were acceptable in the wider market. That is how she came to painting kettles and mugs which went on to become an instant success. She eventually worked with another organisation from where she went on to independently establish Colour Blot.
Lampshades by Color Blot
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Meanwhile, she has worked at D Den and a Montessori school by the name of Talking Tree at Darga Road, Park Circus. Pour House at Sector V is her latest venture, with its eye-catching pop art themed murals along with the latest outlet of OZI, which is to witness her artwork soon.
@ Pour House
With her target audience being below the age group of thirty, Sharmila talks about how she approaches her assignments. The primary factor is working as per the customer’s demands. But she does not specifically offer themes.
“I basically paint themes on peoples’ walls based on what they are passionate about or I base it on their personality,” she says.
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It has been two years, and Sharmila tells us that she is happy with the way things have progressed. She wishes to take Colour Blot to further heights of success. They are currently a two-member team with Nilava Das being the second of the duo, occasionally bringing in more people as per their requirements. Sharmila Explains, “One of the special services that we do is birthday potraits! This work is Nilava’s forte and he is really good with sketches and potraits!”
Nilava @ Work
Sharmila has also collaborated with graffiti artist Srek Zypher, who is called in as and when required. She has previously worked with him at D Den and has presently teamed up again to work at OZI.
Recently, she had a brief stint working with Ayushmann Khurrana in a project, where she was contacted because they needed some of her hand painted kettles for their shoot. Sharmila does not paint kettles, bottles, t shirts and mugs on a commercial basis. For that, you need to place an order, and she will comply accordingly.
For Ayushmann Khurrana Project
She has done a few wedding decors as well, but she intends to stick mostly to walls as her medium of expressing art, eventually expanding on that facet alone.
I plan to work full fledged on interiors,” she says. “I want to incorporate installations, woodwork, ironwork, everything. In another five six years I will be ready for that.”
With blank walls for her canvas, we look forward to Sharmila Dutta painting more of such fabulous tales. Click the image below to connect with Colour Blot and place your orders!
Feature Image Courtesy: Plabon Shyam