Mainframe Gallery, Karachi organised an exhibition by senior artist Mansoor Rahi recently.
Inspired by cubism and rayonism, Mansoor Rahi merges both techniques into his art to create beautiful paintings. His skill and talent beautifully allow the two different art styles to merge together, creating piece after piece, which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but engages the audience.
Rayonism was a style of abstract art that was developed in Russia in the early 1900’s. Rayonists sought an art that floated beyond abstraction, outside time and space, and to break the barriers between the artist and the public. They derived the name from the use of dynamic rays of contrasting color, representing lines of reflected light — crossing of reflected rays from various objects. On the other hand, cubism breaks objects and figures down into distinct areas as the artists aims to show different viewpoints at the same time and within the same space that suggests their three dimensional form. Cubism also emphasizes the two-dimensional flatness of the canvas instead of creating the illusion of depth. Mansoor expertly merges the two to art styles to create art that is completely unique. Mansoor Rahi’s slashing coloured strokes, light which seems to bounce back and forth draws the viewer in immediately. Mansoor’s canvas is charged with energy. The human figure can be seen in several of his art pieces.
The artist has made use of a mixed colour palette, one sees some monochromatic and muted pieces along with some art that is done in dark shades of red, black and brown. The texture, length and breath of the brushstrokes create movement and rhythm in a way that the canvas comes to life.
Mansoor Rahi’s skill and technique is well known in international as well as local art communities and this exhibition further reaffirms Mansoor’s immense talent.