KNMA collection unveiled an exhibition of hundred and eighty five early works of Vadodara-based artist Surendran Nair. Tracing Nair’s journey from the 1970s onwards to the time when he was a student at the Trivandrum College of Fine Arts and later at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, the exhibition is revelatory of his creative process that combines his deftness of skill with a fertile imagination to evolve a transformative vision. Through the simple daily act of sketching and drawing, his surroundings and the persona of friends and family get etched with acts of wit, humour and the absurd that Surendran packs into the realm of the everyday. Portraits, mostly of Nair’s classmates, artist-friends like N.N. Rimzon, K.V. Sasikumar, Ashokan Poduval, K.M. Madhusudhan, K.P. Krishnakumar and Alex Mathew are also tied up with the history of contemporary artists from Kerala, inspired by Marxism with strong ideological positioning.