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N. N. RIMZON

Forest of the Living Divine

January 27 - July 30, 2016

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Forest at Night, 2015 Fiberglass, resin and granite dust 

Part- I  60′ diameter x 45″  Part- II, Figure 73 1/2″ x 18″⁣ x 8”

Talwar Gallery is delighted to present Forest of The Living Divine, a solo exhibition of works by N.N.Rimzon. We are proud to bring this exhibition that marks the return of the artist to the capital with a solo exhibition after 23 years.

On view are sculptures, installations, paintings on canvas and works on paper from 2007 to the present. In this exhibition, Rimzon affirms his practice as an extension of and distilled from the classical thought and traditions that have continued to infuse life and art in India for millenniums. In Forest at night, a beautiful maiden with her hair streaking towards the sky like a fountain stands atop a voluminous vessel as if commanding a spaceship before takeoff or a mother protecting what is contained within. In Big Maa, a tall totem soaring like a lingam is adorned with symbols of fertility while anchored in a spherical vessel. Here the artist playfully invokes the creation of life and duality of its nature with a subtle sense of eroticism hovering around the work. In another, a Devotee sits hands folded and cross-legged, on a circular platform that seems to be at a certain magical threshold as if it would be levitating any moment. Tree at Shrine takes us to a time when devotion and worship were unencumbered by binds of religion, where one could seek to connect to something beyond by creating meaning with the simplest offerings of nature.

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Devotee, 2015  Bronze and mild steel  Figure 10″ x 5″⁣ x 4”  Part- II 30”diameter

N.N. Rimzon was born in 1957 in Kakkoor, Kerala, India. He earned a BFA in sculpture from the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum (1982), an MA in sculpture at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda (1984) and an MA with distinction from the Royal College of Art, London (1989). His works have been exhibited at institutions worldwide including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea (2014); 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China (2012); Museum of Modern Art, (MuHKA), Antwerp, Belgium (2008); National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, India (2007); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico (2006); Berkeley Art Museum (BAM), Berkeley, CA (2006); Busan Biennale, South Korea (2005); Art Center of Western Australia, Perth (2005); Asia Society, New York, NY (2005); Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY (1997); Singapore Art Museum (1997); House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany (1997); 2nd Asia – Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia (1996); Asia Society, New York, NY, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands and in collaboration at the XLV Venice Biennale; Italy. 

Exhibition Views

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Forest at Night, 2015

Fiberglass, resin and granite dust 

Part- I  60' diameter x 45''

Part- II, Figure 73 1/2'' x 18'' x 8”

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night

Pond near the house, 2012

Acrylic on canvas

30” x 23 3/4”

Devotee, 2015

Bronze and mild steel

Figure 10'' x 5'' x 4”

Part- II 30”diameter

Devotee (detail)

Star of Forest, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

17 1/2” x 14 1/4”       

House under the Stars, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

60” x 47 3/4”

Ground Near the Church, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

48" x 47 3/4"

Dancer with four arms, 2007

Stone, fiberglass, marble dust & aluminum

140” x 43” x 73”    

Death of an author, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

16 1/4” x 13"

Dancing serpents, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

16 1/2” x 13 1/4"

Temple under the night sky, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

60”x 47 3/4”

Mother at the forest, 2009

Acrylic on fiberglass, marble dust

60” diameter x 10 1/4” 

Mother at the forest (detail)

Tree Shrine, 2012

Acrylic on canvas

40" x 39 3/4"

Tree at the Shrine, 2016

Bronze

94” x 11 1/2” x 27”

School under the Stars, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

27 1/2” x 20”  

Big Maa, 2015

Fiberglass, resin and granite dust

95” x 49” x 49"

Big Maa, 2015

Big Maa, 2015

Forest at Night, 2015

Fiberglass, resin and granite dust 

Part- I  60' diameter x 45''

Part- II, Figure 73 1/2'' x 18'' x 8”

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night

Pond near the house, 2012

Acrylic on canvas

30” x 23 3/4”

Devotee, 2015

Bronze and mild steel

Figure 10'' x 5'' x 4”

Part- II 30”diameter

Devotee (detail)

Star of Forest, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

17 1/2” x 14 1/4”       

House under the Stars, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

60” x 47 3/4”

Ground Near the Church, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

48" x 47 3/4"

Dancer with four arms, 2007

Stone, fiberglass, marble dust & aluminum

140” x 43” x 73”    

Death of an author, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

16 1/4” x 13"

Dancing serpents, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

16 1/2” x 13 1/4"

Temple under the night sky, 2015

Acrylic on canvas

60”x 47 3/4”

Mother at the forest, 2009

Acrylic on fiberglass, marble dust

60” diameter x 10 1/4” 

Mother at the forest (detail)

Tree Shrine, 2012

Acrylic on canvas

40" x 39 3/4"

Tree at the Shrine, 2016

Bronze

94” x 11 1/2” x 27”

School under the Stars, 2015

Charcoal and acrylic on paper

27 1/2” x 20”  

Big Maa, 2015

Fiberglass, resin and granite dust

95” x 49” x 49"

Big Maa, 2015

Big Maa, 2015

The Asian Age
The Asian Age
Nature and Femininity July 30, 2016

Thiruvananthapuram-based artist N.N. Rimzon is known to reflect his socio-political concerns through his works. His works — mostly figurative — are conceptual and minimalist in nature through which he pares down typical imagery in order to reach the core of things, basic states and fine qualities of humanity. 

Art India
Art India
N.N. Rimzon: Magic Under the Skies April 2016

N.N. Rimzon’s works explore the interplay between spiritual and material worlds claims Meera Menezes.

Hindustan Times
Hindustan Times
Rimzon: Totem and Taboo April 2, 2016

In his first solo show in the capital in 23 years, N.N. Rimzon presents recent works that explore the themes of creation and annihilation and confirm his status as one of India’s most deeply intellectual artists.

The Indian Express
The Indian Express
Portrait of a Dissident Artist March 20, 2016

With his new solo show in Delhi, artist N.N. Rimzon demonstrates why art cannot be separated from society and politics.

Mint
Mint
The Modernist Sprawl February 6, 2016

As one enters his ongoing exhibition, Forest Of The Living Divine, at Talwar Gallery in New Delhi, one is struck by the spectacular appeal of his paintings and sculptures. Warm colours dazzle the eye, towering statues seem to grow upward, and tiny figurines sprout like saplings from the floor.