Nidhi Samani, is a British-Indian artist practicing in Singapore. Trained as a Fashion Designer turned artist, Nidhi explores multi-disciplines with Oils, Acrylics, Charcoal, Mixed Medium and Chinese Brush painting.
Nidhi is intrigued by the new dimensions that she perceives through her senses. John Olsen's quote “Painting is a means of self-enlightenment.” inspires Nidhi to follow her inner guidance and dimensions. Nature and enlightenment through mysticism is her source of inspiration that draws her to find the purpose of her existence, and she feels “Painting is one of the many mediums of expressing what the senses sees and hears; art transcends the inner voice of the soul”.
Her current series is a connection with her ‘Inner Dimensions’ and ‘Singapore Blooms’ capturing the Zen moments on the canvas. These moments leave a mark and impression on the mind. Our mind has the capacity to carry the images that have been extracted through the senses, and stored in our subconscious, similar to a fossil. As an artist, Nidhi tries to capture these moments, exploring different materials to create a resonance with her memories, as fossilized impressions interpreted as the ‘fossils of the mind’. She adventures to combine her Zen aspect and Chinese art into various mediums that she explores. In her current works, her oeuvre is characterized by her vivid depiction of nature represented by mixed media.
30 years ago, after her formal training in Fashion Designing, she found her passion for illustrations and translations of expressions in her sketches. She went on to establish her School of Fashion Designing, training adults in Fashion Designing in India. She continued her passion in fashion by launching her own label. She has been a practising artist for some time now.
She took a formal study in Western Art at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. Fascinated by Chinese brush strokes, she trained under the guidance of Master Lin Lu Zai in Singapore.
Her art is in private collections in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, New Zealand, Switzerland and the UK. Recently some of her works have been acquired by the British High Commissioner to Singapore in 2018.
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