AnOctopusADay

Octopus Paintings, Prints and more by Rupa DasGupta

New Jersey, United States · 249 Sales

AnOctopusADay

Octopus Paintings, Prints and more by Rupa DasGupta

New Jersey, United States 249 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Lots of colorful watercolor prints & originals from the over 700 octopuses I've painted for my www.anoctopusaday.com project. 5% of all proceeds go to Jean Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society.
If there are any pieces you're interested in that you don't see listed here, please let me know!

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Last updated on Apr 15, 2016

Lots of colorful watercolor prints & originals from the over 700 octopuses I've painted for my www.anoctopusaday.com project. 5% of all proceeds go to Jean Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society.
If there are any pieces you're interested in that you don't see listed here, please let me know!

Rupa DasGupta

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About

I started drawing octopuses in October of 2010 and couldn't stop.

If ever there was an animal that could be conceived of as having dreamed itself into existence, it would be the octopus. Nearly all axes of their being are for all intents and purposes impossible for humans to imagine – from their radial symmetry, their multitude of independently-controlled suckers that touch as well as taste their surroundings, their complex but non-centralized nervous systems, to the horizontal slit of their eyes. That sense of radical self-invention that octopuses bonelessly embody is an element crucial to my work. Because of their inherent amorphousness, octopuses can be represented in an infinite number of ways and offer an ideal conduit to represent the intangible.

Inspired by the many recent daily projects undertaken by artists, writers and other creators, I embarked upon my An Octopus a Day project in October of 2010. Over the course of the 700+ pieces I have drawn, painted, embossed, cut and folded since then, I have found the beautifully nebulous and alien form of the octopus to be an ideal vehicle to explore line, texture, color, light, and dark. Their ever-shifting indefinite silhouettes have allowed for endless abstraction and exploration using a wide variety of media - from pen and ink to watercolors, gouache, charcoal, mixed media, embossing powder, magnetic paint, and my personal favorite - squid ink. I hope my paintings and drawings are able to echo some fraction of the wonder that octopuses evoke in their otherworldly splendor.

The overwhelming and wonderful response to my Octopus a Day project on tumblr, twitter and facebook inspired me to open my Etsy shop in 2012. Five percent of all my sales are donated to Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures project to support their efforts in preserving our oceans and their inhabitants.

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    I'm a graphic designer, web developer, seamstress, painter, printmaker, and photographer with an MFA in Design + Technology and a firm belief that love and a soldering iron can fix anything.

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Last updated on March 14, 2016
Thanks so much for taking a look around my shop! If you'd like to see more of my work - paintings, drawings, printmaking, graphic design, fashion design, photography, physical computing, etc! - feel free to check out the following:

www.rupadasgupta.com
www.anoctopusaday.com
www.antagonisticouture.com

While the focus of this shop is primarily octopus - oriented, I'd be happy to discuss any other items you might be interested in and commissions as well. I can always be reached at info @ rupadasgupta.com.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Shipping
I generally ship all orders within 48 hours. All packages are sent via USPS First Class with delivery confirmation. A tracking number will be provided for larger orders & originals.

Prints & originals are sent out packaged with heavy duty backing boards to prevent any damage. Framed items will be bubble wrapped with the utmost love and care (though I can't promise that I'll be able to resist not popping a bubble or two).

Please let me know if your order is a gift! I'll be happy to wrap it for you.
Refunds and Exchanges
Oh noes! Hopefully this won't be necessary, but if you're less than happy with your item please let me know. Refunds & exchanges are accepted within 30 days of purchase. The buyer is responsible for the costs of shipping the item back.

If your item arrives damaged, please let me know immediately and I'll replace it.