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N.N. Rimzon

N.N. Rimzon - Artists - Talwar Gallery

Secret Body, 2019-2020  Fiberglass and granite dust  65″ diameter x 19"

N.N. Rimzon’s many-decade career has been devoted to work across media, including installation, sculpture, painting, and drawing. His early artistic formation, in conversation with the tenets of minimalism and conceptualism, has set him apart from a narrative tradition of painting in India. His works examine the relationship between art and life, which has evolved from his deep interest and respect for materials. Rimzon’s work balances recognizable representation with a profound sense of mystery. The figures in his work are symbolic, borderline mythological in their presentation, which follows the reoccurring themes of fecundity and divinity in his body of works. Connections between the natural world and the figure, where the concept of the figure and the environment are at odds, are explored in more narrative-style paintings. Rimzon affirms his practice as an extension of and distillation of the classical thought and traditions that have continued to infuse life and art in India for millennia.

N.N. Rimzon - Artists - Talwar Gallery

Rimzon’s works have been exhibited at museums across the globe including The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; Museum of Modern Art, (MuHKA), Antwerp, Belgium; 2nd Asia – Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), Delhi, India; Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney, Australia; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Mexico; Berkeley Art Museum (BAM), Berkeley, CA;; Busan Biennale, South Korea; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Asia Society, New York, NY; Queens Museum of Art, New York, NY; 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China;  Singapore Art Museum; Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan; National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Mumbai, India and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Nedumgottil Narayanan Rimzon (N.N. Rimzon) was born in 1957 in Kakkoor, Kerala, India. Rimzon earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in sculpture from the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum (1982), a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda (1984) and a Masters of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London (1989). Rimzon taught Sculpture at  the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum, India and was the Head of the Art School from 2011-2014. Rimzon lives and works in Trivandrum, Kerala.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
In Saving the Earth, 2017
Acrylic on Paper
39" diameter

In Saving the Earth, 2017
Acrylic on Paper
39" diameter

I thank you once again, 1995-2016
Cast bronze
55" x 339"

I thank you once again, 1995-2016
Cast bronze
55" x 339"

Big Maa, 2015
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
95" x 49" x 49"

Big Maa, 2015
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
95" x 49" x 49"

Forest at Night, 2014
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
Base: 45″ x 60″ x 60″
Figure: 72 1/2″ x 18″ x 8″

Forest at Night, 2014
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
Base: 45″ x 60″ x 60″
Figure: 72 1/2″ x 18″ x 8″

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night (detail)

Mother at the Forest, 2009
Acrylic on fiberglass, marble dust
59" diameter

 

Mother at the Forest, 2009
Acrylic on fiberglass, marble dust
59" diameter

 

In Saving the Earth, 2017
Acrylic on Paper
39" diameter

In Saving the Earth, 2017
Acrylic on Paper
39" diameter

I thank you once again, 1995-2016
Cast bronze
55" x 339"

I thank you once again, 1995-2016
Cast bronze
55" x 339"

Big Maa, 2015
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
95" x 49" x 49"

Big Maa, 2015
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
95" x 49" x 49"

Forest at Night, 2014
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
Base: 45″ x 60″ x 60″
Figure: 72 1/2″ x 18″ x 8″

Forest at Night, 2014
Fiberglass, resin and granite dust
Base: 45″ x 60″ x 60″
Figure: 72 1/2″ x 18″ x 8″

Forest at Night (detail)

Forest at Night (detail)

Mother at the Forest, 2009
Acrylic on fiberglass, marble dust
59" diameter

 

Mother at the Forest, 2009
Acrylic on fiberglass, marble dust
59" diameter

 

The New Indian Express
The New Indian Express
N.N. Rimzon February 4, 2022

Acclaimed painter-sculptor N.N. Rimzon talks about art and what inspires his life-size sculptures 

Artforum
Artforum
N.N. Rimzon October 2020

An enigmatic figure sits cross-legged in a meditative pose in the middle of a circle in N. N. Rimzon’s sculpture The Round Ocean and the Living Death, 2019–20, which lent its intriguing title to the artist’s most recent exhibition. The statue’s nose and closed eyes are vermilion, offering a vivid contrast to its grayish body... 

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art turns ten this year.  We celebrate the past decade, bringing back vignettes that will highlight the museum’s multi-focal vision, its evolving mission, directions and journeys undertaken, mapping intersecting histories of the subcontinent.

The exhibition brings into focus the works of five artists who spent their formative years in Kerala and whose subversive art practice problematised the discourse of Indian Art in the 1980s and 1990s.

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.