GUEST ARTIST: “Watercolor as a Medium of Rediscovering Myself” by Gourav Dutta

Watercolor Cityscape by Gourav Dutta

My name is Gourav Dutta and I am a self taught artist, based in the city of Burdwan, West Bengal, India. I’m 17 years old and not a full time artist but dream is to be one day. My works consists of detailed paintings of beautiful architecture and human emotions.

Man and Bird Watercolor Painting

I’m a big fan of the contemporary realism and new age hyperrealism genres and love to interpret daily life as it is without any adulteration, through my watercolour paintings and sketches. For me, hyperrealism does not mean coping a photograph but creating something which a photograph can never capture. A good realistic painting is always beyond any photographs! I mainly use watercolours but sometimes I also do pencil sketches, oils, acrylics and also love sculpting.

Life and Art

My love for art or nonverbal communication has been there from the very beginning, as far as I can remember. This made me stand out in the art classes at my school. I was not a poor academic student either, so back then and until now, I have to make time for both my studies and art.

Crocodile Head Coming Out Of Water Watercolor Painting

But, as I am growing older my love for art is overpowering my academics and that is because I am letting it! Now that my paintings are in public and private collections worldwide, my desire to be a professional artist is only getting more powerful.

My Inspiration

“Nature is the best teacher” This quote is very true for me. I love to do en plein air studies and it teaches me about the fundamentals of art more than anything else.

I also love to portray the complex human emotions in my paintings, and I’ve found out that whenever you are painting an emotional subject you yourself have to feel the same as that of your subject. Only then will your work reach its highest potential. This also helps us becoming more kind and compassionate people.

Architecture of the past also inspires me a lot! I love painting intricate details of these beautiful subjects. A sense of awe arises in me when I see beautiful architecture which fuels me to make a painting out of it.

Still Life Pomegranate Watercolor Painting

A few years back I didn’t knew that hyperrealism and realism even had existed in watercolours. The internet and social media has made the world small enough for me to discover them. Many prominent international artists gave me a helping hand and supported me on the path of self-discovery through watercolour. I’m very grateful to watercolours for winning me many national and a few international competitions. I don’t conduct any workshops at present though I get a lot of requests, because I am focused on improving myself for now.


When it comes to materials, I mostly use Daniel Smith watercolour Paints and Mission Gold paints. Fabriano, Arches, Brustro and other papers. Princeton, Raphael and other local watercolour brushes.

Watercolor Fish Iridescent

I work with Watercolours mostly because the medium is so versatile and hazardless (I have very bad allergies with oil) and one can achieve almost any texture with watercolours, from its own watery textures to controlled and detailed textures, everything is possible.

Watercolor Painting Candles

I’m very grateful to Charlie O’Shields for this opportunity to share my love for art with you!
If you haven’t tried watercolour already, please do it now! It’ll be worthy of your time!

Gourav Dutta

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  1. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Gourav,

    Greetings from Maharashtra! Did I read right? Did I read that right? You’re 17!!!!! You are definitely a very old artist’s soul residing in a teenager’s body. There can be no other explanation for the level of your talent. I specially loved the chimpanzee you’ve painted in Jane Goodall’s arms… actually I can’t say what I liked best. Im sure you’ll very easily achieve your dream of becoming a full-time artist. It is meant for you.


    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you! I really appreciate your kind words!

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Gourav, your art is amazing! You’re sure to become a leading light in art in the future because your work already shines. Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you! It means a lot to me!

  3. heila 2 years ago

    Amazing work. Very beautiful and special paintings. Wow!

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you very much! Indeed the paintings are very special to me!!

  4. Margit E Iguchi 2 years ago

    Amazing art and at your young age you will achieve your goal in no time . Actually, you are there! God bless you as he already has.

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you Margit! I’m very grateful for all my gifts!

  5. Pat Boglio 2 years ago


    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      😊 thank you

  6. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 2 years ago

    Excellent and mature work for such a young artist! You inspire us, Gourav! Many blessings to you as you continue your creative journey.

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you Kathy 🙏

  7. Linda Murray 2 years ago

    I have no words to express your amazing paintings or your talent! Unbelievable!!!!! Thank you for sharing with us ❤️

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you Linda, regards to Charlie for the opportunity !

  8. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Amazing and beautiful art, Gourav, and you are wise way beyond your young age. Thank you for sharing you journey with us; you are an inspiration.

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you Mary 😊!

  9. Padmanathan Arunasalam 2 years ago

    Marvelous, admire your eye for details and tons of patience. Good job keep going.

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you 😊🙏

  10. Mari 2 years ago

    Such beautiful art from a beautiful ‘old’ artists’ soul! Your paintings have such marvelous life in them. It will be fabulous to see how your art continues to grow!! Thank you for sharing your journey so kindly with us all! : – )

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      My pleasure Mari and thank you 😊🙏

  11. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    WHAT? You’re self-taught AND 17? Wow. Your art work is absolutely gorgeous. And you’re 17? Holy moley! 😀 The Lord has blessed you immensely and I know that you will go far. Thanks for sharing. Warm regards from San Antonio, Texas. 💜

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you Marisela for your kind words 🙏😊

  12. Victoria Marie 2 years ago


    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you 😊

  13. teresam61 2 years ago

    I am extremely impressed with your work….especially at your young age!! Absolutely stunning!! Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      My pleasure, thank you 😊🙏

  14. Laura H 2 years ago

    Thank you Gourav for sharing your beautiful world with us. You have successfully captured the emotion and story in each of your paintings. Many blessings to you and your bright future where ever that path may lead.

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you for your blessings 😊 means the world to me 💗

  15. jkpringle21 2 years ago

    Gourav, I had to reread your first paragraph twice, 17 years old WOW. Your art is breathtaking and by no means you are not a student of the arts . I diffently see a proffesional artist who has a great desire in ones heart to create meaning of life in each of your paintings. Your work is already in public and private collections worldwide and being a professional artist you have reach your desire. The power you have is seen through your eyes, and your hands are the tool you use to bring such stunning powerful art to the world. Have you had a second look at the alligator/crocodile not sure of my species but amazing details. You capture what most people have a chance to see hanging in galleries. Bless you on your journay. never let go of your dreams for they will take you farther than you could imagine.
    I’m not a professional artist just a happy retired artist who start watercolouring late in life. But I’ve always read how old masters created their art, many books on older artist and have had the pleasure to visit lots of wonderful museums fill with amazing are. The awesome museum I visited in Charlatan,Nova Scotia , Canada, show cased so many original art pieces by the Canadian Group of Seven and I was over whelmed because these were peice from private collectors. Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift.

    • Gourav Dutta 2 years ago

      Thank you Mrs. Pringle, means a lot to me 💗, I’m not sure of the species of the croc-gator either , yes I will never leave my dreams…. without art I can’t survive!!

  16. Nellie Nellie 2 years ago

    your art is filled with your blessing to see! Your talent is also a blessing, keep caring for it and loving the life it brings! I hear so much gratitude in your young voice and it’s evident on the page-your sight, talent and gratitude are a winning combination 🤗 Thank you for sharing with us😊

    • Gourav Dutta 1 year ago

      Thank you for your kind words ☺️❤️ 🌼, sorry I am a bit late to reply to your comment

  17. Viki Banaszak 2 years ago

    I wish I had a thimble of your talent! Keep up the wonderful works. You have been truly blessed with natural talent.

    • Gourav Dutta 1 year ago

      Thank you so much ❤️🥰

  18. Vaishali 1 year ago

    HI Gourav,

    I would not mention about how good you are as it is very much evident from each and every painting you showcased here. Thank you so much for sharing. Kind of made my day.

    Wanted to share that I have been in same situation ,where one wants to choose his passion as career objective but being good in studies kind of makes it difficult to decide. Somehow i chose studies, though I am doing good professionally but I still wait for those weekends when I am doing a watercolor painting as nothing else makes me more happy than getting myself immersed in my world of paintings. I was not a superb painter like you and was learning on my own but used to paint fairly well and could have reached to a great level if I would have chosen other path. I still regret of not chosing art as my career option and daily think about leaving my current occupation and starting to learn watercolor painting.

    Incase it might help.
    My best wishes to you

  19. usha kolpe 11 months ago

    Hello Gourav,
    I say simply ” wow’, when i see your art. I am a self taught artist residing in Chicago. Mainly i do acrylic and oil painting. I am a Physician and art is my passion.
    Your technique is mind blowing. It is my privilege to learn form you.

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