Featured Artist Swapnil Nevgi

Artist Swapnil Nevgi presents a portfolio of detailed and romantic paintings of Australian wildlife. See more art by visiting his website.

 

painting of green parrots by Swapnil Nevgi

“Morning Chores” oil on linen, 47” x 39″ x 1.5″

 

My art journey began back when I was three years old in the coastal town of Goa, India. My mum saw me scribble perfect circles on paper. She had an intuition that I could become an artist someday. My parents encouraged me to create art, and I won many awards at National and State level. My art was appreciated. I kept getting more and more passionate about it.

 

painting of a cormorant by Swapnil Nevgi

“Cormorant the Great” oil on linen, 36” x 59″ x 1.5″

 

However, as I grew up, working towards a well-paying career became paramount. Art took a back seat and eventually became history. After graduating with a degree in advertising in 2001, I moved to Australia where I completed my post-graduate work in communication design and IT.

 

painting of Australian parrots by Swapnil Nevgi

“The Royals” oil on linen canvas, 24″ x 24″ x 1.5″

 

I fell in love with Australia and decided to call it my home. As the years passed, my work life took over. It seemed that I was never able to find time to make art. This was very frustrating, as my need to create was very strong.

 

painting of Australian birds by Swapnil Nevgi

“Break Free” oil on gesso board, 16” x 12″ x 1.5″

 

One Christmas, twenty years after graduating, I treated myself to some art materials and did a painting purely for fun. It made me so happy that I could not resist painting another one and then another. It did not take me long to realise that the happiness I found creating art mattered more to me than the financial security I had with my career.

 

painting of black swans by Swapnil Nevgi

“Black Magic” oil on canvas, 59” x 36″ x 1.5″

 

I continued to work full-time, but began successfully selling my art at local weekend markets. Three years later, I took a leap of faith. With the encouragement of my incredibly supportive wife, I embraced my love for art full-time.

 

painting of two birds on a fence post by Swapnil Nevgi

“Just Friends” oil on gesso board, 16″ x 12″ x 1.5″

 

I am inspired by nature and wildlife and they have become my subjects of choice. Nature has many stories to tell. The art I create is all about bringing those stories to canvas. As my preferred style is realism, recreating the subject accurately is especially important.

 

painting of two white parrots fighting in flight by Swapnil Nevgi

“Fights in Flight” oil on canvas board, 47″ x 39” x 1.5″

 

I spend a lot of time in nature observing, collecting experiences, and taking photos that I use as reference for my creations. When painting, I use at least five photos as well as my imagination. I also do extensive online research about the animal or bird that I am planning to paint before I compose my art.

 

painting of two birds by Swapnil Nevgi

“Two Souls” oil on linen, 24″ x 24″ x 1.5″

 

I love working on intricate details. My paintings are usually quite large, and I easily spend well over one hundred hours working on each one. I only stop working on a painting when I am fully satisfied with it.

 

painting of Rainbow Bee Eaters by Swapnil Nevgi

“Rainbow Bee Eaters” oil on panel, 59” x 36″ x 1.5″

 

Every painting is a learning process for me. I believe you can never completely master art; there is always room for improvement. I prefer oils, but also work with acrylic and watercolours.

 

artist Swapnil Nevgi with his painting of a Koala titled "Sleeping Beauty"

Artist Swapnil Nevgi with his painting “Sleeping Beauty” oil on canvas board, 39” x 47″ x 1.5″

 

Since the start of my art journey, I have been a finalist in many art competitions. I’ve undertaken commissions and am proud to be included in local and international private collections. I would like to see my art making its way all around the world, spreading the happiness that I experience, to many more households.

 

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