New Delhi: The season of spring heralds a break from the drab winter ushering in the multicolour hues of flowers in bloom, mellifluous music, pleasant weather and the promise of new beginnings.
All this and more are depicted in ‘Colours of Spring’, a new exhibition of paintings by Nirmala Pillai, a bureaucrat in the Department of Telecommunication, whose recent works of art are being shown at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society Gallery (AIFACS) here.
Dancer Shovana Narayan innagurated the exhibition that began on April 1 and is scheduled to continue till April 7.
"Painting for me is a great stress buster. I am always looking for new subjects and themes and complete my paintings after my day at office," says Nirmala.
At her recent exhibition, visitors are greeted with a painting of a woman framed in an intricate wood frame, perhaps a self portrait at the entrance to the gallery.
While inside the over 35 paintings, mostly acrylic on canvas and a few line drawings are reminiscent of spring and to further evoke the mood of the season, the artist has placed coloured butterflies, apparently flitting about on artworks.
Bright sunflower heads, a solitary woman looking out of the window at nighttime, another lone woman admiring herself in a vanity mirror, clear streams and lush fields, amaltas and jasmine flowers, are some of the themes of the exhibition.
Stonework jewelery embellish one canvas while anotherm sports cows, goats and other plastic animals grazing on grass.
"It is nice to know that creativity is coming through in so many ways. Nirmala is a poet, a writer and a painter. Her paintings have used so many mediums like bamboo, silver foil and plywood, it is really creative that the same person is doing many creative things," said Shovana Narayan.
Raised in Mumbai, Nirmala, who hails from Kerala, is a postgraduate in English Literature from Mumbai University and later topped a journalism course. Ultimately she found her calling in a career as a civil servant.
Nirmala, a self-taught artist says she has been painting ever since as a child and her first painting exhibition was held at the India International Centre here in 1993 followed by others. She has exhibited at the Prince of Wales museum in June last year and previously exhibited at galleries in Chennai, Mumbai, Ernakulam etc.
Her first solo exhibition was held at the Lalit Kala Regional Centre in Chennai
Apart from art, Nirmala is also a poet and author. She has published two book of poems and her stories have been published in magazines, anthologies and Internet magazines.
"I have finished my third collection of poems and also a novel am scouting around for a publisher now," says the multifaceted artist.