Musings: Interview With Shonit Kishore

Shonit Kishore’s artwork flows like his inexplicable emotions. There’s a strong connection of his artwork with his own experiences, which take form in the surreal atmosphere he builds. Inspired by the ethereal, Shonit portrays his love for capturing the beautiful and unforgettable, bringing much desired legibility to his imagination.

We caught up with Shonit recently and had a lovely conversation regarding his journey as an artist. Discover more of Shonit’s artwork at


We’re glad we could finally get to this chat, welcome- Shonit! Tell us a bit about yourself.

First I would like to thank Cupick for doing such amazing work for artists and people for making art affordable. And also for giving me an opportunity for this interview. I was born in a small village near Rajgriha called Laxmipur in Bihar. Rajgriha is a beautiful place with five small hills, hot spring and Buddhism centre. I spent my childhood in Hazaribagh, Rajgriha and Patna. I always loved Hazaribagh and Rajgriha for its scenic beauty. I would keep roaming in the jungles of Hazaribagh and climb the hills of Rajgriha, go fishing, swim in seasonal small rivers and play in the farms with crops and vegetation. I would love fly kites and run in the field like a crazy person. Apart from all this I miss the story session and talks I would share with my grandpa. Overall my childhood was full of excitement and freedom. I still relish every moment of my childhood. I came to New Delhi to study fashion design at NIFT in 2008 and since then I have been in New Delhi. I am working as an art director at an agency in Gurgaon and on weekends I turn into a ninja artist preparing for my exhibition.

How did you realize that art was an essential element of your perspective?

It took me quite sometime to realize this. I was in class 7 when I sketched with my full potential and the result was outstanding. People could not believe that I did that. I even got slapped by my art teacher for she thought it has been done by some professional. Since that incident there was no turning back. I always felt that I possessed all the skills to deal with watercolor, oil paint, acrylic or anything. All I needed was an introduction.

Myros-The Zebra by Shonit Kishore

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Checkmate by Shonit Kishore

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Are there any particular themes you like to explore in your work?

I always paint my experiences. For example, the Gruppe I painted to depict the contrast between living in a metro and a small village, Matta is about my experience of playing chess, Leeni is about falling madly in love and so on.

Gruppe by Shonit Kishore

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Leeni by Shonit Kishore

Who would you say has been your biggest inspiration?

My experiences and interactions always inspire me to paint but I always pick the bright and fun side of it. I think you can sense so from my colourful work. In terms of a person I would say my muse Shalini Upadhyay. I had almost stopped painting but with her advent my passion for it was revived and I began practicing it with much more perfection, authenticity, maturity, aggression and madness.

Talk us through your creative process. How long does it take you from ideation to the finished product?

It always starts with a feeling of anxiety….too much of anxiety about something like an experience, an incident, feelings or any idea as if I will die if I don’t paint this. 😛 Next is going with the flow and enjoying it. I feel my hand moving automatically, fingers picking colors and eyes commanding it. And lots of things going in mind. The whole process is euphoric and aggressive and yet done with utmost care and perfection. It usually take around a week to finish a painting once I am struck with an idea.

Process and studio look
Shonit at work.

We are eager to learn about the tools you use. Could you give us a quick preview of your inventory?

I keep all types of colors like acrylic, watercolor, copic markers, pencil color, oil paint, spray, photo ink, rotering pen, wood blocks and at least 100 brushes of all types and for digital work I have wacom cintiq, wacom intuous and a macbook pro.

Would you mind letting us have a peek at your work station?

Studio pic1
Shonit’s Studio
Studio pic2
Shonit’s Studio

Do you remember the first thing you ever drew?

The first thing I drew was a Tom and Jerry while I was in class 4. That was fun and boosted my confidence.

If were to choose from all your work till date, what would you pick as your most favourite artwork?

Matta  I will tell you why. I honed my skills from 2002 to 2006 and explored all media and different types of artworks but there was nothing much specific in terms of style. And after a gap of 7 yrs I started painting again in 2013 and Matta was my first work. Matta was my first authentic work and in my own style which came to me naturally. The artwork depicts the importance of pawns in a chess game. I see myself at another level after that this work. Whatever I have painted after Matta has been amazing.

Matta by Shonit Kishore

If given the chance, what would change about yourself as an artist?

I wish I had painted more. At least 10 times more.

What is the one thing that keeps you going?

Each artwork is my friend holding stories …. beautiful stories without an exaggeration. Each time I confront them it feels like sharing those stories with an old friend and relishing them.

Does music play an important part in your creative process? Could we get a peek at the top songs on your playlist right now?

Yes a lot. I can’t imagine painting without music. Pink Floyd, Kygo, Coke studio, Every breath you take( The Police), Shape of my Heart( Sting) , Javed Akhtar, Gulzar and few soundtracks of Kill Bill especially “the lonely shepherd” are always on my playlist.

If given a chance to work with any artist in the world, who would you pick?

It would be quite difficult to pick just one. But Gerhard Richter, SH Raza, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons would be favorite from living list and Picasso, Dali, Da Vinci and Warhol if I had to choose from all time.

Dreamcatcher by Shonit Kishore

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If you weren’t an artist, what do think you would be doing?

Wasting time.

If you could have only one superpower, what would you choose?

I would choose to live in all parts of the world in all eras and paint them all. Both future and past.

If you could give one piece of advice for aspiring artists reading this right now, what would that be?

Lose fear and paint with freedom.

How has the journey with Cupick been thus far?

Honestly heart touching. Clap and whistle for the such sincere efforts. I know so many websites and organizations doing similar work but you guys are awesome and the best. Unlike music and films, fine art has been out of reach to common people for ages. However, you guys are successfully doing that. You guys bring smiles to so many people and lessen the chasm between artists and common people. Making art available to so many people and lifting the quality of their life. Nothing could be better than this. I’ve know Justin and Anu at Cupick for quite some time( around 14 months) and they have been wonderful.


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3 thoughts on “Musings: Interview With Shonit Kishore

  1. In short he told every thing in a very few words. He is a good artist, amd the way he presents either on paper or in interview is fantastic.


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