UNWRITTEN WILLS - Nandini Bagla Chirimar

SHOW: February 18 - March 25, 2017
OPENING RECEPTION WITH ARTIST: Saturday, February 18th, 5 - 8:30pm
GALLERY HOURS: Wed - Sat: 11-5 and by appointment.
CONTACT: 215-253-8578, or by email: info@twelvegatesarts.org

Twelve Gates Arts will open its new space with a collection of Nandini Chirimar’s most recent set of small drawings, mixed media works on paper, using drawing, etching, watercolor and chine colle, and prints. Unwritten Wills takes as its subject the objects left behind by loved ones, through which discovered meanings connect the living and dead during the grievance process. At least partially motivated by having lost two loved ones in the span of one year, Chirimar seems to have been struck by the strange intimacy of, for example, “napkins folded exactly how she had left them.” In her musings of very thin lines, she has striven to convey the “depth and sometimes overwhelming presence of the human emotions that come with such events.” 

Nandini Chirimar, One of Her Napkins, pencil on Japanese Kozo paper 2017 11 x 10” 

Nandini Chirimar, One of Her Napkins, pencil on Japanese Kozo paper 2017 11 x 10” 



Nandini Bagla Chirimar grew up in Jaipur, India and started her art education at College of Art, New Delhi. She came to the USA in 1987 on a full scholarship from Cornell University, where she completed her BFA in Drawing and Painting. She did her MFA in painting with Grace Hartigan at the Hoffberger School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art. She was also awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture for the summer of 1991. In addition, she learned viscosity printmaking from Arun Bose and spent four years in Japan studying Japanese Woodblock Printing (Moku Hanga) with Taika Kinoshita. Nandini lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. She also teaches art at several workshops, including Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Manhattan Graphics Center.

Nandini has shown her work at many international venues, including Twelve Gates Gallery, Philadelphia; Queens Museum of Art, New York; Ganges Gallery, Kolkata; India Art Fair, New Delhi; Loft at Lower Parel, Mumbai; Exhibit 320 Gallery, New Delhi; Allen Gallery, New York; Centre for International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata; Ono Gallery, Tokyo; CWAJ Print Shows, Tokyo; Taubman Art Museum, Virginia; AHAF Art Fair, Korea; SLICK II Art Fair, Paris; and in Erasing Borders Traveling Exhibitions. Most recently, Nandini was awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant for 2016. Her work was previously presented by 12G at Slick Art Fair, Paris in “Not so black and white” (2010). 

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4th Annual Gala

saturday, April 1, 2017|  7-10PM

Join us for our 4th annual fundariser. This year's theme is "Flower Power - Make Love Not War". With a cocktail reception, buffet dinner provided by La Peg, live performances, an inspired art auction, and of course many friends, family, and art lovers.





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