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Selected Essays, Films & Publications

Selected Essays​

  • ‘Inscape - Memory, Topography, Space’, by Lina Vincent; curatorial essay accompanying Atlas of Reimaginings

  • ‘Painterly Explorations: Notes From India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale’, by Sunil Manghani (University of Southampton), Journal of Contemporary Painting Volume 2 Number 1, 2016

  • ‘The Ambiguity of Landscapes’, curatorial essay accompanying Parvathi’s solo show, by Annapurna Garimela and Sindhura DM Jois, Gallery Veda, Chennai, 2014

  • ‘Cinema Verite Redux’, by Shaheen Merali, title essay accompanying show at Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore & Chennai 

  • ‘Title essay on Parvathi Nayar’s art’, by Venka Purushothaman, Af-fair, 1x1 Art Gallery, Dubai, 2008

  • ‘Scale and Subjectivity in Parvathi Nayar’s Drawings’ - a conversation between Parvathi Nayar and Ong Keng Sen moderated by Ashraf Safdar, essay for ‘Soft Spoken’ curated by Bose Krishnamachari, presented by Bombay Art Gallery, 2007, Mumbai

  • ‘A Study in Objects’, by Bridget Tracy Tan, Curatorial Essay for ‘Adventures of Little Things’, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Singapore, 2006

  • ‘Nature Born' by Joanna Lee, Curatorial Essay for Langgeng Contemporary Art Festival 2006, at Langgeng Gallery, Magelang

  • ‘Conversation with Parvathi Nayar; conversation between Joanna Lee and Parvathi Nayar’, for Langgeng Contemporary Art Festival 2006, at Langgeng Gallery 

  • ‘The Pencil of Nature: Drawings by Parvathi Nayar’, title essay by Kenneth Feinstein for ‘i sing the body electric’ catalogue, Mumbai, 2008

  • ‘Win Lose Draw: Recent Drawings’, by Ahmad Mashadi, for solo show ‘Win Lose Draw’, Singapore, 2007

  • ‘Colours of Creation: Narrating Chance’, by Hazel Lim for solo show ‘Win Lose Draw’, Singapore, 2007

  • ‘Seeing the Verb in a Drawing’, by Phan Ming Yeng, Curatorial Essay for solo show ‘drawing is a verb – an installation’, at the Arts House, Singapore, 2006 

  • ‘Passages’, by TK Sabapathy, Title essay for the book ‘Passages’ on Parvathi Nayar’s drawings and paintings, 2003 

  • 'Identity Card: Diasporic Consciousness in the art of Parvathi Nayar’, by Venka Purushothaman, essay in the book ‘Passages’ on Parvathi Nayar’s drawings and paintings

  • ‘Arts and Arts Writing, a Conversation between Parvathi Nayar, Lee Weng Choy and Audrey Perera’, in the book ‘Passages’ on Parvathi Nayar’s drawings and paintings.

  • ‘Pulp Friction: Materials in Contemporary Art’, by Bridget Tracy Tan; curatorial essay for Pulp Friction, Singapore Art Museum, 2001

  • ‘Facing and Defacing’, by Sarah Murray, Curatorial Essay for solo show ‘art of a woman’, Koi Gallery, Jakarta

  • ‘Thoughts on the Elemental Woman’, by TK Sabapathy, essay accompanying solo show ‘Woman and the Elements’, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, 1993

Films on Parvathi Nayar

  • 2020: ARTHISTORY+ featuring Nocturnes by Parvathi Nayar

  • 2017: ‘V-ideo Ideas Worth Sharing’ Website (Knowledge Partner: Mohile Parikh Centre) featuring Parvathi Nayar

  • 2015: ‘Artists of Chennai: Parvathi Nayar’ by Saravana Kumar

  • 2014: Parvathi Nayar - Artist Interview at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014

  • 2012: Featured in ‘To Let The World In’ Vol 2, by Avijit Mukul Kishore & Dr Chaitanya Sambrani


  • Women Artists in Singapore, by Bridget Tracy Tan, published by Select Books, Singapore, 2011

  • Thirty Art Friends: Appreciating Southeast Asian Art, published by Quek Tse Kwang, Singapore, 2010

  • Parvathi: Passages. Ed. Audrey Perera. Swift & Seagull. Singapore, July 2003 

  • Young Contemporary Artists in Singapore, by Thomas Yeo,  Singapore, 2000

  • International Gallerie’s 32nd Volume, Kerala Reflections. Artwork and poem by Parvathi featured; 2013 

  • Embrace Our Rivers Ed. Ravi Agarwal, Florian Matzner, Helmut Schippert. Featured. published by Kerber Cupture and Speaking Tiger 2018

  • Arts Illustrated Cover story and drawing featured on cover. Oct issue. 2018



  • The Victor Segalan Prix Special du Jury From The Victor Segalan Foundation (Huelgoat, Brittany, France 2016)

  • Award for Contemporary Visual Art at The Global Malayalee Forum organised by Amma, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia 2015)

  • Penn Shakti Award from Femina (2014)

  • The Inspiring Change Award in connection with Women’s Day, Chennai (2014)

  • Cecil Collins Drawing Award (London 2004)

  • Only Singapore-based arts writer sent to Olympics Arts Festival Sydney by the Australian consulate in Singapore (2000)

  • Singapore Press Holdings newscom award, for work on Singapore Arts Fest (2000)

  • Award from Jakarta Media Communications for ArtsJournalism (1996)

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