N.N Rimzon studied at the college of Fine Arts, Trivandrum from 1975 and in 1984 completed a Masters in Fine Arts (sculpture) at the University of Baroda.
His work approaches the metaphysical subjects of birth, life and death with a rich vocabulary of symbols and metaphors. Free from religious iconography or undertones his work exhibits a distinctly personal response to questions on the meaning of life. In this drawing the charcoal is applied in a very deliberate yet liberal manner that expresses a certain immediacy and the artist’s sense of urgency to produce in light of, or perhaps despite death’s imminence. N.N. Rimzon says; “There is of course, the will. The will to integrate with the world, the will to change the world, to invent a new culture, a new society, to perhaps give new meaning to life. But the paradox is that the will controls neither death nor dying. And, after all, a work of art is all about death and life.”1
1. N.N. Rimzon, The Artist as Exile, Art Heritage 10, 1990-19, pp. 21-22.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2016
Place where the work was made
charcoal on paper
25.0 x 45.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Not on display
© NN Rimzon
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 01 Apr 1993–09 May 1993
- Wollongong Art Gallery, Wollongong 15 May 1993–12 Jun 1993
- Orange Regional Gallery, Orange 25 Jun 1993–31 Jul 1993
- Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra 05 Aug 1993–04 Sep 1993
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 17 Sep 1993–24 Oct 1993
Indian Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Apr 2001–11 Jun 2001
Referenced in 2 publications
Victoria Lynn, India Songs: multiple streams in contemporary Indian art, Sydney, 1993, 53. cat.no. 19; Collection of the artist
Haema Sivanesan, Indian painting, 'Indian Painting', verso of poster., Sydney, 2001. cat.no. 6.19