GUEST ARTIST: “A Watercolorist From ‘Pokhara, School of Watercolor’” by Ishan Pariyar


Hello, Namaste! I am Ishan Pariyar from Nepal. I am an artist, Illustrator and art educator, currently living in Kathmandu and from Pokhara, the beautiful region, which lies on the western part of Nepal. This region is also a synonym in the local art scenario for ‘School of Watercolor’, because so many artists’ basic practices are especially on watercolor.

This was a tag to every Pokhara-based artist and most probably because of the scenic beauty of the rich landscape, mountains, lakes, hills, gorges. Most are a primary inspiration to artists to paint quickly in watercolor. Among the veteran artists like Durga Baral, Buddhi Gurung YC Bhurtel, Alok Gurung & Hareram Joju, who was also most important founder of this genre style of painting. I belong to the younger generation to continue their tradition.

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I had my informal art training in Pokhara and later on had my higher art education in Art from Fine Art Campus in Kathmandu with BFA and did my Master’s in creative painting from Tribhuvan University. I had a great passion to learn watercolor and already had it from the master’s from Pokhara.

During the University time, I had a chance to practice different techniques, mediums as well as get a deeper knowledge of art & history. I had my first solo and second solo based on my watercolor painting and currently I am been practicing my other creative forms like Contemporary Art, Performance Art & Illustration. I am deeply connected with watercolor and watercolor always turns my mood & feeling towards joy and happiness.

My childhood was full of tremendous experiences. I used to draw the sketches of vehicles like trucks, buses, cars etc. and give them to my friends. They used to be happy to have a friend with some drawing skills. I can say those experiences were the process of learning. Later on, I develop my interest into a dream towards a quest. During the school days as an average student, but more interested in art, I once participated in an art competition and placed 3rd position. In this way, my passion was turning into a dream.

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Moreover, I got the other prizes on local art competitions, which made me clearer to follow my dream, to carve the path of creativity and art. My childhood memories were very rich in the sense of those inspirations that I gained through my childhood experiences and my surroundings. As an Artist and practitioner, I am doing my art practices which are somehow connected with the old​ childhood memories and experiences too.

I enjoy creating my paintings using the techniques like wet in wet, dry brushing and creating textures using salt, etc. I believe several practices could take the command on painting to its highest level. Talking about inspirations, John Singer Sergeant and JMW Turner are my inspirations. Currently, I am very fond of paintings by Moldova’s Igor Mosiychuk, Thailand-based Artist Direk Kingnok, Durga Baral, and Shreejan Rajbhandari’s artwork is on my favorite list from my own country.

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About the subject of my paintings. I like to paint mostly landscapes, Yet the thirst of painting the landscape is not over. I like travelling and the peak of snowy mountains always attracts me. Beside landscape I would love to paint portraits and life study compositions of the daily life.

The paper that I’ve used for a long time for my paintings is Canson. Fabriano and Arches watercolor paper are on my latest list for some years now. I used to use Camlin Artist watercolor and Pebio, but the colors of Winsor & Newton and Mission Gold Watercolor by Mijjelo are on my new list. I am currently been using the best and most comfortable brushes available in the store.

Ishan Pariyar

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  1. Barbara Stoner 2 years ago

    Thank you for introducing us to a world artist! It helps us get to know and appreciate each other so much better.

    Barbara Stoner
    Davidson, NC

  2. heila 2 years ago

    Very beautiful and special paintings. Wonderful colors.

  3. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    Ishan, your watercolor art is lovely. I feel like I’m visiting Nepal, immersed in the beauty of your country. Thank you for the inspiring story of your art journey.

    • Ishan Pariyar 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Sharon to your best and keen words…I also feel like you are fully enjoyed my surroundings.

  4. Zertab Quaderi 2 years ago

    Gorgeous work! I love Nepal with all the different landscapes it offers, especially the Himalayas. We visit Nepal every year and it’s our most favourite country.

    • Ishan Pariyar 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for visiting my country. I hope you could relate and my paintings could give the impressions of your visit…Welcome as always. but of course after the pandemic will gone forever.

  5. Manish 2 years ago

    Namaste Ishan.. Thanks for introducing us to yourself, your journey and your art. Your artwork is fabulous and inspiring. Also I think you are fortunate to live near nature and beautiful country of Nepal.
    Thanks for inspiration..


    • Ishan Pariyar 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Manish ! and your feedback much appreciated.

  6. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Namaste Ishan,

    Thank you for sharing your gorgeous work and through it, such breath-taking glimpses of the interiors of Nepal.

    • Ishan Pariyar 2 years ago

      Namaste! Mugdha…Thanks for enjoying my artwork and giving me your feedback.

  7. MEENAKSHI GOEL 2 years ago

    Wow…absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Best wishes!!

  8. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and your gorgeous art!

  9. alaskabirder 2 years ago

    Charlie, that you for featuring these guest artists. Such inspiration, such talent, such dedication. Very encouraging especially during these trying times.

  10. Laura 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us.your art is awesome.

  11. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Your work is amazing! Thank you for introducing me to artists and a painting tradition that I was unaware of.

    • Ishan Pariyar 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Sandra ! You have been looking my artworks since long and giving me your feedback too..Thanks at all.

  12. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    Ishan, you are a rock star! Fabulous paintings!

    • Ishan Pariyar 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Marisela…I am thankful to you that you just ! loved my artworks. I need to go long way and produce more beautiful works..Your words are inspiring me.

  13. Sharon Nolfi 2 years ago

    Stunning work. I especially love the mountains.

  14. Ishan Pariyar 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for enjoying my artworks..

  15. Jojo 2 years ago

    These really feel like there is a story behind each one!

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