The surrealistic masterpieces of late master Tassaduq Sohail were recently unveiled at Unicorn ArtGallery titled as Jungle World.
The exhibition brought forth a collection of paintings showcasing the nature with animals, birds, trees and the effect of jungle evident throughout.
The Surreal art portrayed by Tassaduq Sohail in his paintings has the power to channelise the unconscious as a means to unlock the power of the imagination. His paintings reveal the contradictions in the everyday world and puts emphasis on the power of personal imagination. Most of his paintings tap the unconscious mind, and unveil the myth and primitivism imbibed in them. Bypassing reason and rationality, the artist had forgone conscious thought and embraced chance when creating art. He legitimized the importance of dreams and the unconscious as valid revelations of human emotion and desires. His messages through his work are often most elusive to categorize and define. The recurring motifs depicted in his work are often perplexing and is expected to jolt the viewer out of the comforting assumptions. Nature remains the most frequent imagery with landscapes shown in a beautiful imagery.
For Sohail, the inspiration to create art seems to be coming from various artistic influences. Not overly concerned with aesthetic issues involving line and color, the artist’s work brings forth a purpose.
By employing fantasy and dream imagery, the artist had generated creative works in a variety of media that exposed his inner mind in eccentric, symbolic ways, uncovering anxieties and treating them analytically through visual means.
Tassaduq Sohail (1930 – 2017) Pakistan’s most well-known painter was born in Jullundur and later migrated to Lahore. He moved to London in 1961 and started painting. His first exhibition was held in London in 1978 and over the years his work has been exhibited worldwide. He lived in London for 40 years and died in 2017 in Pakistan.