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Various facets of the woman

brunch Updated: Sep 26, 2013 09:50 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
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This 49-year-old artist from Delhi pays tribute to womanhood and nature through her artwork. Her canvas holds various moods and styles of a rural woman through oil on canvas. Meet Kajal Nalwal — sitting pretty in blue, she looks like every bit of the vision that she paints.

Talking about her love for art, she says, “Without using a brush stroke, I have highlighted the concern for nature and also tried to draw the society’s attention towards the role of women, who are preserving our ecological heritage. And, all this through my palette knife.”

Kajal Nalwal with some of her works. HT Photo

Nalwal feels there is a direct interdependence between nature and women. She says, “Both are life-givers, thus, there is a relation and harmony between the two. They co-exist together.”

The most eye-catching art works by Nalwal are her charcoal sketches of women. Explaining the medium, she says, “This is the first time I have worked on this medium. It isn’t easy to control the movement of a charcoal stick while creating the right balance of textures.”

Her charcoal sketches depict the sensuality in the eyes and hair of a woman. On this, she says, “I usually do not display the hair of a woman, as I believe in veiling them in serene dupattas.”

Nalwal beams with happiness while talking about her favourite subject to work on: “A woman in itself is a very interesting subject to work on. One can say so much about women. In my work too, I have tried to show their various facets. Through this exhibition, I have portrayed various aspects of a woman’s life, displaying her many expressions, which keep changing with time.”

Moving back to her exhibition, Blessings, she says it is her 14th solo exhibit. “My first solo exhibition in 2002 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Since then, I have held 12 solo shows in India and one in London,” she says.

Her next ‘most favourite’ subject to paint is spirituality. “I have been painting since childhood; iconographic interpretation of the divine forces have always inspired me. With divine figures, I mean, my work, which is a blend of nature with figures of Lord Buddha and Ganesha. I basically meditate through my paintings,” signs off the lady.

The exhibition is on till September 27 at Virgin Courtyard, Sector 7