Nandan P.S. (b.1940)

Sculptor P. S. Nandan says the advantage of living in the workplace is that you canwork on ideas that strike you at any time. Sometimes, when he’s ‘stuck’, he looksat the lines of the traditional sculptures he has collected around his garden forinspiration, including his own finished and semi-finished works; or at the leaves ofa tree, the fish in his tank…and his work flows again.He’s been living in The Cholamandal Artists Village since 1966 when it wasformed by a group of artists from the College of Fine Arts to have a place thatgave them all a sense of ownership. Art can never grow alone, it is always amovement, says this sculptor. Joining Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai, asa life member in 1965, Nandan passed his Diploma in painting and Advancedcourse with distinction from the Govt. College of Art and Crafts, Chennai, in1968. He has experimented in folk style sculptures in clay, metal sheet, brick,wood and granite by following the method of placing smaller sections on top ofone another. He has exhibited at scores of shows, both solo and group has al overIndia, and indeed the world; worked at camps and workshops; and been awardedhandsomely with fellowships, grants and honors, some of them being Tamil NaduOvia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai, 1979 & ’91, and the Lalit Kala Akademi Award,New Delhi, 1992. His work is featured in many private and public collections andlarge commissioned works.

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