Studio Seven recently presented a group show of exceptional miniature artists from different cities of Pakistan titled “Once we were in Heaven” showcasing the works of Farrah Mehmood, Kausar Iqbal, Rizwan Ali and Syed A. Irfan.
Farrah’s work deals with a range of social and political issues. As a female artist in a male-dominated society she has always been more inclined to talk about what it means to be a woman in the dark parts of the world.
In most of her work, attention is drawn to the abuse of power in all its senses, which is the root cause of a corrupt and unjust system, distressing our personal judgment of human values. The emphasis in her work is on peace and humanity. This recent work is inspired by the important Islamic geometric patterns in a lighter approach. She likes to experiment with different mediums and try to explore more about backgrounds. In this work she has blended motifs with Abbari (Marbled Wasli).
Farrah Mahmood is a Miniature Artist from Islamabad. She is working from last 18 years. Many of her works are inspired by social and political issues. She is also an associate professor in COMSATS University, Islamabad.
In this series, Kausar Iqbal presents the ideas on broader scale beyond the cultural boundaries of the East. His work also offers a fiesta of visual vocabulary that could satiate the appetite of political commentators looking for ideas through political symbolism. As Kausar Iqbal works his own political and social knowledge into his artwork, the outcome becomes catchy and fits well into the current Global political milieu. Having been exposed to a different culture, traditions and landscapes of Lahore, Kausar Iqbal explores new ideas, concepts and concerns through multiple materials, imagery and techniques. His work evolves through several national and international exhibitions and has developed his signature style which mostly revolves around social issues initially of the culture he belongs to and later his comment on social and political concerns across the globe. Through his work he tries to spread the message of peace, tolerance and empathy among individuals and nations. He is always open to observe and absorb new and innovative ideas, materials and processes.
Kausar Iqbal belongs to Malakand. He passed out from NCA University Lahore. He shares his positive thoughts through his miniature in Contemporary style.
Rizwan Ali works with gouache, silver leaf, tea stains and powder gold on wasli paper giving the true essence of the use of mixed media. His artworks are populated by figures and faces, and totems rendered in loose, dreamy marks. The people are often dancing, embracing or captured in the acts of everyday life. Simple and unaffected in character, the themes of love, spirituality and community radiate throughout the paintings. His characters sometimes appear like spirits, icons and effigies which speak of his connection to the Mughal civilizations and western aesthetic. The paintings vibrate with a sense of magic and naivety which is evocative to romanticism whilst the quick, effortless intuition of the mark marking is reminiscent of modern art. The artworks are filled with stories of cultural aspects and the essential goodness of people. There is a celebration of humor, soulfulness, love and sensuality. The artist merges European Renaissance figures with Mughal characters developing a new narrative altogether.
Rizwan Ali is Visual Artist from Lahore. He holds bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Miniature Painting) from NCB A&E in 2014. He merges Western figures with Mughal characters using different techniques.
Syed A Irfan work revolves around the basic mode of his expression that can move into tear and evoke absolute joy or lead one into action. His illustrations are paintings surrounded by the expressions portraying the imagination and uses of unique words that can be a source of nourishment to our souls.
Syed A Irfan is an Artist from Karachi. He is working from last 15 years. His skills in traditional and contemporary styles using Miniature techniques are admirable.