I, Antara Pain, am a statistician by qualification, I have been a researcher & consultant by profession but an artist at heart. At present I spend my time creating art while living either in Navi Mumbai or New Delhi.
I believe my interest towards art originated from home. Be it my parents’ idea of teaching by using creative methods or encouraging to post handmade greeting cards to relatives. By seeing my grandmother do embroidery or mother knit woollen sweaters, make patterns on the floor with rice paste etc. have all in a way added to the interest in detailing and joy in appreciating beauty in nature and little things in life.
I learned oil on canvas from Mrs. Debjani Dutta in Navi Mumbai (2012 – 2013) and acrylic on canvas from Mr. Milind Mulick in Pune (2015). My travel across India inspired me to learn, absorb and practise more art.
I spent Sept 2016 in Dharamshala at the Center for Living Buddhist Art, learning to sketch deities in a grid format and followed it up by learning Thangka painting using traditional methods and techniques from May 2017 to August 2017. Recently, I completed a seven week course by Oncourse Vantage called The Business of Art through a partial scholarship by Delhi Art Gallery (April 2017). While in Delhi I learnt gauche on paper from Prof. Zargar Zaroor.
At present, I am working on my practice of Thangka painting, along with a coloring book on India.