Shreya Gupta’s illustrations evoke feelings and memories. Based around narratives, she creates dreamlike settings that are immersed in symbolism. It’s this immersive experience that has caught the attention of clients as big as Google, The New York Times, and Penguin Random House India.
But it took her some time to find her authentic creative voice. “I think a creative identity evolves as an organic process,” she told Inky Goodness. “We are constantly observing and absorbing what we experience and come across, incorporating what we find interesting into our work; and experimenting with what may make our work look more interesting.”
Indeed, Gupta’s creative identity came to be by observing the world around her. Growing up in India she began drawing in order to document her environment – an activity she had to resort to after being told she was too young to carry around a camera. “So because I couldn’t take pictures, I started drawing the places and things I wanted to remember,” she explains. “This is how I was first introduced to art.”
Now based in New York, Gupta moved to the US in order to pursue a career in illustration and has graduated with an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Her powerful work just might be the thing you’ve been looking for.