Six decades of retrospection with Balan Nambiar

Arts & Culture

With a massive collection of his artwork displayed in the NGMA, the city reminiscences with the artist extraordinaire.

Bangalore, February 27, 2018:Balan Nambiar, the renowned veteran painter and sculptor, celebrates his artistic journey spanning six decades at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Bengaluru.

“I am going to come out with a book on enamel paintings. It’s too soon to give away all the details but this is something I have wanted to do since a long time,” says Balan Nambiar looking out to the serene setting for his sculptures in the National Gallery of Modern Art.

The exhibition themed “Sculpting in Time, Balan Nambiar and his six decades of engagement with Materiality” was inaugurated on February 4, 2018. Curated by his long time friend Sadanand Menon, this retrospective exhibition encompasses the enormous repertoire of Nambiar.

His mastery lies in the sheer variety of mediums in which he casts his creative ingenuity.

“Starting out with clay and moving to concrete, Nambiar has travelled the route in scrap metal, bronze, iron, enamel, stone and stainless steel with memorable creations in each,” says Sadanand Menon.

In an alchemy of magical prowess, Nambiar works his way through steel and iron to weave monumental sculptures that make you pause and wonder.

With national and international art exhibitions, National and State Lalit Kala Academy awards under his belt, this reclusive painter, sculptor, enamellist and photographer finds inspiration from his childhood memories. A passionate aficionado of ritual performances and motifs southern coast of India, Nambiar’s photographs depicting the myriad facets of said rituals is riveting.