Nalini Shanthi Cook

Nalini Shanthi Cook

Location: Spain

My name is Nalini Cook. I was born in Kingston upon Thames in England. I worked in England as a teacher, lecturer and HMI Inspector for Art and Design, while developing my own work. I relocated to Spain in 2002. My  studio  is at my home in the countryside near Antequera in Andalucia.
I consider myself an international artist, as I have exhibited all over Europe, and my work is represented in private collections across the world. I exhibit regularly with other artists and was for many years in England a selected artist and member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.
 Andalusian International Artists June 2010- 2012
 Axarquia art group 2012- 2015

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My inspiration comes from recording images of people and landscapes from my journeys in Spain, Italy, France, India, Sri Lanka and Australia. I am also inspired by the visual changes I observe within the environment where I practise my art: ie experiencing the many different landscapes of Andalucia in the area where I live and work.
I use oils, acrylic and mixed media to evoke the rich colours of Indian and Mediterranean landscape. Layers of paint, ink, ochres and mixed media are combined and reformed to create texture and mood, and I often use natural yellow ochres collected from mines in the South of France to evoke heat and colour.
Remnants of medieval cave paintings and frescoes from Italy, India and Sri Lanka also inspire my work. A certain ambiguity is created: preconcepcions are challenged by fusing images gathered from my Sri Lankan heritage with the influences of western culture.



Nalini : people and places

this portfolio contains paintings and images exploring the figure in the context of people, places, society.A second chance to shine was inspired by a chance encounter on a train.

they who seemed they would always be “they who seemed they would always be”

Painting: mixed media, ochre, acrylic on canvas is inspired by a group of people walking along a beach. The light is intense.

lovers “lovers”

collage: mixed media, ink, handmade paper: The work is influenced and inspired by Persian miniature painting

there is no looking back “there is no looking back”

painting: mixed media ,acrylic. The image is created from a serene moment in a souk in Morocco.

ying yan southend on sea “ying yan southend on sea”

painting: acrylic on paper: work inspired by Carnival in Italy

flyawaypeterfyawaypaul “flyawaypeterfyawaypaul”

collage, mixed media, acrylic on canvas paper: image inspired by exotic interior, mosaic and textile. The birdcages which contain no birds represent freedom and confinement.