Nalini Tyabji

MY PORTFOLIO

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My Ouvre

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Fauna

I have been an outdoors person most of my life,  through Sports & through my frequent, childhood visits to the Jungles of India. I love Nature. In painting animals and birds, I love to bring out their personalities.

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Clowns

Clowns and Circuses are an integral part of most people’s childhood. Clowns bring laughter with their antics. This ability to laugh at oneself is what fascinates me about them.
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Cows

This gentle, laid-back, gregarious, cud-chewing animal has a great fascination for me, not least because it is associated with Krishna, my Muse.

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Dashavtar

Dashavatar is a more comprehensive theory of evolution that dates back in time than the theory of the Origin of Species that was propounded by Charles Darwin in the seventeenth century.

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For the nursery

I know, from experience, that wise parents expose their children to all forms of visual art from a very early age as it is a powerful source for, both, mental and physical well- being. It has a stabilizing effect and reduces stress. It creates self-awareness and brings immense joy to the viewer.

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Icons

My paternal grandmother was an avid reader and used to engage with me for hours through stories from Indian Mythology. I soaked them up quite unknowingly and when i started painting seriously, at the ripe, old age of 63, all these iconic forms started pouring out of me. Krishna took the lead and became my muse!

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Collage

Collage art means assemblage art so anything one creates through assembly, whether in 2D or 3D, or as an installation, can be considered a collage. It is an art form full of exciting possibilities and one ends up with a brand new whole from broken, torn or mismatched parts.  I have also been witness to some very happy accidents! Collage art can be as powerful as delving into abstract art.

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Owls

Eyes play a dominant role in my representational art forms and which species have the most beautiful and expressive eyes? – Owls! When it comes to night vision, owls are on top. Their eyeballs don’t move so they swivel their heads. This is what i find their most attractive trait. I simply love to paint owls.

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Flora

Flora symbolizes Nature & Nature symbolizes Life- wild, unbridled  and lush. Everything reeks of fecundity. It gives me great joy to paint plants and flowers.

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Soft pastels

I had a box of soft pastels gifted to me by my daughter,  more than twenty years ago. I tried using some but broke them instead & then gave up. During Covid, i gave pastels another try after seeing a chance video. I was amazed at the creative results that could  be achieved with them and  since then, i have fallen in love with them! I am rather proud of the landscapes that i was able to paint.

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Trees of life

I was born and brought up in Dehradun, through the first five years of my life and there were many, many revisits. Surrounded by dark, deep forests, Dehradun was a lovely, restful place in the fifties. I grew to love the hoary trees i saw everywhere. They were home to so many species of birds and animals. I was quite a tree climber as a child and the view from a tree branch, whether up or down,  was quite magical for a child of five. My Tree of Life paintings are definitely inspired by those years of tree climbing.

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Woods

The Woods are lovely, dark, and deep…… I have spent my most formative years surrounded by copses, jungles and forests. I love the myriad hues of greens and browns that typify them. Strong but silent is how I would describe them. Who would not want to paint them?

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Whimsical art

Playful, joyful, unusual, and unpredictable art is my forte. If i can bring a smile to your face i am happy.

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Abstract

Abstraction exists in the mind as an idea or concept. It is not a familiar or recognizable physical object but it is as real. Abstract art is not representational art but deals with line, shape, form, texture and colour to build a unique composition. It encourages the brain to explore one’s own personal spaces.

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Pastoral

Landscapes in soft pastels are the current flavour in my work! Once you try this extremely versatile medium it’s hard to put it down.

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ART WITH VERSE

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My Zoo

| had a Beesh and two small Floze
And five furry Woodplips, too,
And on my head i had an Aze
As we sat in my smallish Zoo,

The Doyce called out from the frozen pond
As they slid and slipped & fell,
The Monce then added to their woes
When it rang and rang its bell.

My warm little heart was full of love,
Don’t doubt this one little bit!
All i wanted, for them to be safe,
Was to have one fire lit.

With sticks and stones i got a spark
That spit and blazed and crackled.
Then Beesh and Floze and Woodplips flopped
Whilst the Aze i had to tackle.

The Doyce pressed on,
The Monce pushed hard
Against the windy weather,
And all i could do was to huddle there
With them creatures all together.

Nalini Misra Tyabji
26 January, 2019.
New Delhi

Prints for Sale

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In this very year, we have ventured into printing some of the paintings. We started with the Navdurga Set of 9 Devis. Currently, our format is a maximum of 12”x18”. If you would like to buy a print of an artwork displayed on this website kindly send a mail to the email ID given under Contact.

About Nalini Tyabji

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About nalini tyabji

A Little intro

I started serious painting at the ripe, old age of 63. I felt I was born to paint. I consider myself an Outsider artist, who has had no formal education or training in Art. Whatever knowledge I have picked up, I have picked up through books, videos, or through trial and error.

I was always deeply interested in all forms of Visual Art.

Forms Of Art

Since I have had no formal education or training in Art I have not had to follow the classical rules of any tradition, even though I have borrowed heavily from all forms of regional arts.

I paint what I like and how I like it to look.

Media Used

I use all media except Oils