Celebrating women: Nandini R Nair's Small Talk, a solo show of paintings at The Folly, Amethyst
The exhibition of paintings by Nandini R Nair, Small Talk - Voices to be Heard, featuring a collection of paintings embodying women as independent entities, opened on June 28th, 2019 at the Folly at Amethyst, Chennai.
In her inaugural address, she emphasised on how and why art is important to us and how art makes us human.
Shri Rajib Hota, Retd Chief Commissioner of Income Tax also offered felicitations.
The show featured 50 paintings in watercolours, pen and ink and acrylic and also presented an installation.
The exhibition was hosted until the 30th of June 2019.
Professionally, artist Nandini R Nair is an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and she is currently posted as Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax, Chennai.
Although a civil servant by profession, she has always had a great deal of interest in visual and performing arts.
A collection of paintings by Nandini R Nair embodies women as independent entities.
Independence symbolised as the ability to be fluid, to be able to accommodate originality, individuality and newness.
The freedom to embrace the real spirit and own it, to let no one else own her.
Small Talk, seemingly meaningless yet conversations that transcend relevance and profundity.
It throws hints at what we are under the skin.
The exhibition featured paintings in acrylic and watercolours with elements symbolising the wildness and natural course of being.
Nandini R Nair is an artist currently based out of Chennai, who also has a keen interest in performing arts, theatre and dance.
Born and raised in the city of Cochin in Kerala she discovered her interest in fine arts during her school days mentored by her art teacher Shri MP Manoj.
She has attended a number of workshops under the guidance of renowned artists like Shri MV Devan, Shri CN Karunakaran, Shri T Kaladharan, Artist Ashanthan, etc.
She had her first solo exhibition at the age of 15 in Cochin.
Her works have featured in the group exhibition – Manava Maithri Sangamam organised by the Kerala Lalitha Kala Akademi.
She has won numerous accolades, which include the first prize for painting in the Kerala State School Youth festival, first prize at the South Zone Inter-University Youth Festival, cartoonist Shankar’s award, etc.
Her works have featured in the cover pages of various publications in Kerala.
She has also been actively involved in performing arts and theatre from a very young age as a member of children’s theatre group, Mazhavillu and Lokadharmi, centre for theatre training, research and performance under Prof Chandradasan.
She is the recipient of the prestigious scholarship for advanced training in theatre instituted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India.
She has participated in theatre festivals organised by UNESCO, National Institute of Performing Arts (NIPA), New Delhi, Bharat Rang Mahotsav organised by the National School of Drama, Surya Festival, etc.