Nirmala Dutt Shanmughalingam: Tsunami 2004-2005
Thursday, 15th December 2005 till Saturday, 14 January 2006
Valentine Willie Fine Art's final exhibition of the year will be a two-part show of Nirmala Dutt Shanmughlingam's work.
Nirmala Dutt Shanmughalingam (b. 1941) might aptly be called the conscience of our times. She has been an unsung pioneer in more ways than one, not simply as an early woman artist, but in her approach, making installations using photography, found materials and text from the early 70s, apart from painting. From her first works on environmental destruction and poor living conditions in slums in our own backyard through epic paintings on world disasters and war atrocities, Nirmala has remained perhaps our most socially-committed artist. While her work is always deeply emotional, often painful, her artistic integrity is crucial in her push for clarity and impact, so that she is always finding new forms in her art-making.
This December, Nirmala shows a major new series of paintings made in response to the Asian tsunami of December 2004. Overwhelmed by the sense of awe she felt at the time, and moved by descriptions of the day, these deeply emotional abstract paintings describe the engulfing effect of the water, the sense of the bright blue sky and a sea of ashes.
Part of the proceeds from Tsunami 2004-2005 will be donated to MICROSEED (www.microseed.org), a non-profit group supporting entrepreneurship among those who suffered most from the Asian tsunami.
Concurrent to the exhibition, we will be showing Private Work: Drawings and Prints by Nirmala Dutt Shanmughalingam in our Annexe Gallery, which will include previously unseen works on paper, dating from the early 1990s onwards.
The gallery will be closed for holidays between 24 Dec 05 till 1 Jan 06