Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Nilavan Adams 

I find peace and tranquillity through my art. Although my passion for art is not innate, it has gradually become an obsession since I started to paint in 2004. Nature abounds in diversity, whether it’s in fruits, vegetables or flowers. To me, it is simply a reflection of our own humanity in all its various diverse forms. The fire and the rose are one!

When I see delicate, small flowers, such as pansies, or violets, I am reminded of a magical realism - of fairies at the bottom of the garden. Sweet perfumed, yet thorny roses - are ladies of rare and ineffable beauty. They are aloof and destined to be admired from afar, lest you succumb to their barbs. A warty gourd - stern on the outside, yet with a soft inner vulnerability - is like an ugly old, warty man, whose inner beauty and warm heart is yet to be discovered.

It’s not a matter of beauty being in the eye of the beholder; rather, even in the ugliest of plants, I am inspired to create beautiful works of art.

While the fresh subject decomposes, its image, on the other hand, will remain, for all to admire, to absorb and to appreciate.

Callistemon citrinus
crimson bottlebrush
 270 x 350 mm