Nature on Canvas
John Muir said that in every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. Nayanaa Kanodia seems to have walked this path through her paintings in her last work, The Great Outdoors. Her body of work shows the close bond man has with nature.
A union that helps him regains his lost innocence, enjoying a solace that can be derived from the peace and quiet of nature. Although a number of the paintings are set indoors trees, foliage and birds are skilfully integrated.
‘The conversation I hope to create in my work is a certain truth of life and on a deeper level, a well thought philosophy. I construct fantastic versions of accessible scenes, both rural and urban utopias. Individuals may interpret my paintings in vastly disparate ways and each view will be equally logical and plausible, thought provoking and intriguing,’ concedes the artist.
Kanodia’s work is a salient artistic combination of a still life composition with a message. She is a painter of women who are on the cusp of telling their story. The excitement of what is the story going to be. The woman on the bicycle opens up a pastoral picture of married life with a dog that brings a smile to the face. It is an interesting mixture of East and West, the open umbrella accentuating the lure of the woman. Still life compositions of domestic middle class interiors with a collection of flowers are an interesting oddity when put in context of soulful women in saris. It is as if two genres work successfully side by side, a surprise at every turn of the page.
No wonder that her collection enjoys such popularity. What is so special that so many of her women look as if they are about to tell a story but never start or finish it as ‘heard melodies are sweet but those unheard are sweeter.’ The imaginative journeys started by her creations can never have an end.
Self taught Nayanaa Kanodia pioneered Naif L’Art in India, a genre till then unseen and unheard of in India in a contemporary context. In 1998, she was chosen from among artists of all The Commonwealth Countries by The Commonwealth Institute to have a solo show to inaugurate their newly renovated Complex in London.
Looking at the contribution she has made to L’Art Naïve, she was invited by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2001 to demonstrate her painting techniques in this prestigious Museum and also exhibit her paintings. You’ve got to go and see for yourself what this brilliant artist has to offer!
Where: Art Alive Gallery,
S-221, Panchsheel Park
When: 31 July to 20 August Timing:11am to 7 pm