Nalini Joshi is a self -represented, contemporary visual artist residing in the Indian city of dreams, Mumbai. While naturally inclined to the arts throughout her life, she gave up her flourishing corporate career to pursue her passion for painting. A self-learnt artist, she honed her techniques and talent further through a Mastery program in art from Milan Art Institute, Georgia, under the guidance of her coach and renowned artist John Milan.
Her art reflects her journey. She believes in living a life of gratitude, thankfulness and patience. A firm believer in destiny and purposeful living, she trusts that every soul has a journey of its own which unfolds with each new day, which is beyond our judgement. Nalini appreciates and advocates a pace of life that allows one to cherish each moment that life brings along, and so does her art.
Her influences include her memories of growing up in a cheerful, fascinating, multi-talented family and enjoying the essence of simple living while moving across various towns and cities where she developed an appreciation for diverse local cultures, flora and fauna, language, music and art forms. Her experiences during travel to other parts of the world in Europe, Asia and the USA has further enriched her perspectives on life. She translates the joy of life’s simple pleasures into her artworks and derives great happiness by sharing it with the world.
She has exhibited recently at Jehangir Art Gallery and India Art Festival in Mumbai
Unveiling our rendezvous with Nalini Joshi
A. How many years you have been in the field of art and why?
Art has been an integral part of my life since childhood. Growing up, I was known to be a creative soul and would be called upon whenever someone needed a card to be painted for a friend or family member. I was inspired by my large, multi-talented family which comprised much of my early influences. My mother had a flair for sketching, cooking, stitching, knitting, hair styling, home décor. My sister had a natural flair for painting. Myaunts were gifted with excellent creativity. It was in the family and I grew up seeing all their excellence and following their footsteps. My father strongly advocated fruitful usage of time and always encouraged her to pursue hobbies apart from studies.
However, studies took precedence in the growing up years and then work life happened and art was perused mostly as a hobby. There were intermittent periods where I painted for a dealer and some commissions off and on. However, it was in the year 2019, that I eventually realized that I could no longer ignore my ever-strong creative side. As a result, after fifteen years of pursuing a dynamic corporate career, I gave in to the lure of realizing my dream of being a full-time professional artist. I bid goodbye to the corporate world and started my creative journey.
To hone my skills further and gain perspective and direction in this industry, I signed up for a one year of Mastery program from Milan Art Institute, USA and devoted all my time to painting. In a year’s time I started building up a cohesive portfolio and went on to publish my first collection on a few social media platforms which received encouragement and recognition from friends, acquaintances and the art community. As the word spread, inquiries started flowing in and within days of announcing my first collection, I was all sold out.
B. What media you have been using so far?
I paint mixed media and oil on canvas and on archival paper. My mediums include oil paints, acrylic, charcoal, graphite, spray paints and ink. I also love collaging as part of the process.
C. What media you are planning to explore in the future?
I am thoroughly enjoying what I am doing right now. However, my endeavour would be to constantly grow by experimenting with my media and style.
D. What kind of uniqueness you spotlight using your art?
I would describe my style as a combination of abstract impressionism and realism and endeavours to connect with the viewer through a living energy that radiates from each of her works.
I like to paint “positive, calm and relaxing vibes and create pieces that can help transport the viewer across space and time”. This is achieved through the use of atmosphere, intermingled imagery, inclusion of multiple elements, marks and values. The colours are mostly muted with contrasting hues which gives the paintings the desired mood.
I like to include a lot of interesting details in my compositions.
The E Today is thankful to Nalini Joshi for her valuable time and even to Mr. Hiral Shah, The Chief Editor; who has jalso set up an one-of-its-kind global platform The Indian Gallery for promoting art along with Anjali Kaur Arora who is well known for her talk show ‘The Anjali Arora Talk Show’