Nirmala Shanmughalingham, Datin


2005 | Tsunami 2004-2005, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

2002 | Virgin Spring Today & Siti, installation artworks at the artist’s studio, Kuala Lumpur

1998 | Nirmala Dutt Shanmughalingam: A Review, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur

1981 | The Condition of Being, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur



Nirmala began studying art under the pioneer artist, Mohamed Hoessein Enas, and subsequently, studied drawing and painting at the Boston college of Art.

1975-1978 | History of Art and Psychology, Oxford Brookes University


  • Her watercolour painting of a bazaar was selected for the International Exhibition of Child Art in The Hague, Holland, (in 1957), and more recently, the Two Women (Joint Exhibition with Norma Abbas), Valentine Willie Fine Art in Kuala Lumpur in 1999.
  • She can be described as a pioneer in many senses, having been the first to exhibit an installation piece at the National Art Gallery in 1973, and one of the first artists to make use of documentary photography on her work.
  • In 2005, she produced an unsettling collection of paintings in a series entitled ‘Tsunami 2004-05’, exhibited in Valentine Willie Fine Art, Malaysia.
  • Other issues that have featured in her art include the Vietnam War, the Beirut conflict and issues of rape and child abuse in Malaysia.



Featured in KL Auctions since 2010 (June)

2010 Aug | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers | Tsunami LIII, 2004/05 | acrylic on canvas (50cm x 50cm), RM 6,600

2011 Jul | Henry Butcher Art Auctioneers | Beirut IX, 1984 | mixed media on paper (53.5cm x 78cm), RM 9,020