The Creators Project
How A Wealthy Businessman Became an Artist By Painting with his Phablet
Francesca Capossela - Aug 20 2016
A well-known art collector and wealthy Mumbai businessman was standing in his orchid gardens in Alibag when he was struck by a desire to paint the flowers for his writer wife. Taking out a stylus and his Galaxy Note, Dilip De got to work. It took him a while to understand how to work the stylus and he accidentally deleted several paintings before eventually completing his first ever piece of art. Spurred by this experience, De began to paint on with his device voraciously. Clearly influenced by Picasso, De explains that he studied art both when he was younger and as an art collector, and he has applied his knowledge of art history to his new passion, invoking themes of abstract surrealism and figurative art. Introducing his work, De excitedly explains that his phablet-based art allows him to create whenever and wherever, making art "omnipresent." On August 17th, De's 24 paintings were shown in an exhibition called Celebration of Love at Jehangir Art Gallery.
After contacting Samsung India to ask if the company knew of other exhibitions of this nature, De partnered with the company for his first exhibition. However dubious a partnership between the shipping tycoon and multibillion dollar company may seem, De's excitement about his painting is obviously genuine. As an art collector, De explains that he "encouraged both established and emerging artists to... sell their works for the highest prices achievable" because "an artist cannot produce on an empty stomach!" Calling himself a "budding Notebook phone digital artist," De says he wants to help every unestablished artist in India realize that they can turn their passion into reality, using technology to make art more accessible and affordable. De's artist statement, along with his background, raise important questions about the art industry and its accessibility, but his simple discovery story and palpable enthusiasm are heartwarming, and his art is thoughtful and multifaceted. Creators Project has described DilipDe's paintings with his phablet as a story of Simple Discovery. About DilipDe's creative digital art on a phablet, Samsung India has acknowledged that they have not encountered an exhibition of art created on their Galaxy Note Series.
(The Creators Project is a global celebration of creativity, arts and technology. Launched in 2009 with INTEL as Founding Partner, the platform features the works of visionary artists who are using technology to push the boundaries of creative expression. Participating artists include Karen O, Andrew Huang, Mick Rock, Barney Clay and David Bowie)
Creators Project has described DilipDe's paintings with his phablet as a story of Simple Discovery. Samsung India has acknowledged that they have not encountered an exhibition of art created on their Galaxy Note Series.
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Dilip De has created a new series of paintings with a new technique of layering colours in different hues under the title “Celestial Collection” and De has created his personal webstore to promote cashless art – here’s yet another way that technology has made things more accessible and affordable. You can buy them in various sizes at an affordable rate.
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DilipDe's smartphone created abstract, landscape, portrait, & cubist art has been featured in the following online publications:
• Times of India:
Amitabh Bachchan inaugurates Dilip De's debut art show -
• Asian Age:
Dilip De finds a canvas in his phone-
• Pressreader / Times of India:
De's brush with digital phone art draws in orchids & Ottoman's.-
• Purchase Smartphone Created Artwork at affordable rates from DilipDe’s official Website