Clayhall artist to exhibit unique line art drawings

PUBLISHED: 13:30 05 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 October 2016

Nina Gore with her art which she is exhibiting at Valentines Mansion, in Ilford

Nina Gore with her art which she is exhibiting at Valentines Mansion, in Ilford

Hardip Sohal

A self-taught artist, who fell in love with drawing from a young age, says she is “over the moon” to be exhibiting her work.

Nina Gore, 39, from Clayhall, started experimenting with using henna to draw pictures, after she spent years working as a artist.

She said: “One day I just decided to draw with henna on a canvas.

“My husband Ambarish really liked it and decided to frame it.

“I started getting a lot of compliments from people, and it all started from there.”

Henna is often applied during Indian and Arabic weddings, as part of special ceremony.

Now Nina’s line art exhibition of exotic animals can be found at Valentines Mansion, in Emerson Road, Ilford, from October 16 to 30.

Nina, a mother-of-two, says she is inspired by tradition, especially her families.

She said: “I have grown up with so much culture and traditions around me.

“I’m very influenced by my families’ heritage, as my father is Indian and my mother is Parsi.

“I have always had a passion for art and studied art & design but even before that, I was a natural creative.

“I loved drawing and applying henna on people during weddings

“My inspiration comes from my heritage and background, growing up with Bollywood, music, films, and dance.

“I use different forms of media now but I still draw henna patterns.”

The exhibition features intricate drawings of animals including butterflies and zebras.

After spending years drawing on people’s hands with henna, Nina says she found it a relief to draw on to a canvas.

She said: “It is actually easier in some ways!

“I suppose I’ve got quite a steady hand from years of drawing on people, and paper doesn’t move.

“But you can’t rub henna out.

“If you make a mistake, you can go around it or improvise.

“I’m quite a perfectionist so I always notice a crooked line, even if nobody else would.”

The exhibition is running from Ocotber 16 to 30, and can be visited during the mansion’s normal opening hours.

Nina will be at the exhibition on October 26, at 1pm.

To see more of her work, click here.

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