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Artist Nirmal Pathare talks about her paintings at TRIO


Nirmal Pathare takes us on a tour of her paintings at the art exhibition “TRIO” at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Worli, Mumbai.

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A medical microbiologist by profession, Dr. Nirmal Pathare has always had an ardent passion in fine arts, especially drawing, painting, and sculpting. She started working with charcoal and watercolour at a young age. However, her penchant for the abstract and eagerness to experiment led her towards oil colours, a medium she extensively has been working in the recent years. Her paintings present vivid exploration of light, its interaction with colours and articulate emotions on the canvas. Studying sentiments of living beings and the ability to metamorphose them visually to paint feelings, is what makes her paintings both unique and intriguing. Painting emotions and exploration of light has been her forte.


Nirmal is a self-taught experimental artist. She has experimented in various media and tried different techniques. She learnt from different art teachers.She enrolled for hobby courses arranged at Handicraft Teachers college at Worli which gave her the basic foundation of sculpting.
Painting emotions, abstracts and exploration of light through her art
Nirmal has evolved through many stages. She used to work on charcoal sketches and portraits earlier, then took to oil paintings, initially worked on wild animals and birds. Now she is more into abstract paintings.

Initially, S L Haldankar and Ilaiyaraaja had a strong influence on her. Later, she had opportunities to visit various museums in Europe where she was highly influenced by Rembrandt and Leonardo DaVinci too. She is also an admirer of paintings by V S Gaitonde.

She enjoyed wild life paintings earlier. Currently, she is keen on painting abstracts based on Indian culture and Vedic themes.
She would also like to take further her recent theme of paintings based on असतो मा सद्गमय। तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय। मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ॥

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