Par Nair

Par Nair
BFA Drawing & Painting // OCAD University ‘20

Par is an Indian born Canadian maker. She lives and works in Toronto. Her oil paintings are based on the societal perceptions of the millennial generation.

“Much of my practice reflects efforts at documenting my everyday; as I construct my identity through the people and things that surround me. The archival nature of photography is important to me as all my paintings are worked from photographs where I primarily use my friends as my subject.

This process of painting from photographs helps me frame the urgency of my contemporary experience within the history of oil painting. I wish to examine how the meaning and information content of a photographic image inevitably transforms when it I reinvented as the subject of a canvas to explore ‘authenticity’ and ‘originality’ while referencing various art movements that are relevant to me.

The gaze (and the lack of it) of my subjects is a crucial component as it has the potential to engage and turn the viewers into active participants. I find the relationship between the viewer and the viewed; the muse and the artist fascinating and important to examine.

Using my personal narrative, I am able to contemplate on and transpose my reality as a contemporary Indian born Canadian maker. My paintings celebrate mundane domestic scenes, overlooked mannerisms, familiar objects, the banality of the everyday and the beauty in whathappens when nothing happens”.

Par has exhibited her work in a variety of spaces in Ontario, and has also taken part in several online exhibitions in recent months. She previously studied 3D animation at the University of Wales’ Chennai campus in India. She has won a number of awards and scholarships – most recently, the Propeller Gallery’s Emerging Artist and Project31 Drawing and Painting awards (2020).

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Sam
Oil on canvas
70 x 76.2 cm
CAD $1000

Table Manners
Oil on canvas
76.2 x 101.6 cm
CAD $2000

Education

2020
BFA Drawing and Painting, Distinction, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto.

2015
Fine Art Advanced Diploma (with honours), Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario.

2012
Arts Fundamentals, Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, Ontario.

2008
BA (Hons) 3D Animation, University of Wales, Chennai.

Exhibitions

2020
Grad Ex 105, Propeller Art Gallery, online show.
Painting the other, Isolation x Creation, online show.
Class of 2020, Gathered Gallery, online show.
Festival of the Body (juried), OCADU, Toronto.
ArtProm(Fundraiser), OCADU, Toronto.

2019
Off the hook silent art auction, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie.
Archiving Deconstructed Identities, group show, Ada Slaight Gallery, Toronto.

2016
Off the hook silent art auction, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie.

2015
#interrogate, two person show, Art in house, Barrie.
SDVA Sholarship Show
(juried), Georgian College, Barrie.
Off the hook silent art auction
, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie.

2014
By the dozen, group show, Georgian College, Barrie.
Hot off the press, Georgian College, Barrie.
SDVA Scholarship show (juried), Georgian College, Barrie.
Suddenly Strung, the front room gallery, Barrie.

2013
SDVA Scholarship Show (juried), Georgian College, Barrie.
Hot off the press, Georgian College, Barrie.

Awards

2020
Emerging Artist Award, Propeller Gallery, Toronto.
Project 31 – Drawing and Painting Award, OCADU, Toronto.

2015
Excellence in Studio Award, Georgian College, Barrie.
Barrie Arts Club Scholarship, Georgian College, Barrie.

2014
William Moore Award, Gerogian College, Barrie.
Barrie Arts Club Scholarship, Georgian College, Barrie.

2013
Peer Print making Award, Georgian College, Barrie.

Other Experience

2014
Assisted with intaglio printing for Bob Massachusetts, Georgian College, Barrie.

2013
Volunteer at Off the hook silent art auction, Maclaren Art Centre, Barrie.