Artscene Galleries unveiled two-men show by A.Q.Arif and Abrar Ahmed in mid May.
For the artist, A.Q. Arif mosques have an embedded significance that covers various worldly impressions. Mostly dream like and mesmerizing, his portrayal of work suggests an illusionary life. The domes, tall buildings, shimmering reflections and the predominant facades create a unique sense of solitary contentment. The central premise of A.Q.Arif paintings lies in the enunciation of medieval hint of Islamic structures that relate to contemporary ideas and perceptions. The minarets, mosque development in relation to its surrounding offers a diverse clarity of this theme. A sense of purity and tranquility appears from his paintings where a particular shade or a hue clearly governs the image guiding the viewers' perceptions. The surreal imagery in his landscape portrays a sense of seclusion and isolation. The subdued hues mesh with the two-tone facades to create interesting scenery.
The russet hint of shade is somewhat reflective of neglect and overlook. His contrasting blue vibrant shade on the other hand shows a thriving landscape. Interestingly he not only focuses on the facades of the mosques but bring forth the beauty of the landscape surrounding it. The trees, floors and walls are equally striking in their expression. Each element in his painting flows and meshes with the overall image. The artist also takes up the challenge of showing the reflection of structures in the shimmery pools of water that resemble a rainy semblance.
With a degree from Karachi School of Arts, A.Q. Arif has to his credit many successful international and local solo and group exhibits.
A look at Abrar Ahmed’s work shows a master technique of figurative portraits that exist between high depiction and high symbolism. The nature of portraits distinctly provides an ability to see faces and the ability to imprint values and emotions onto a person’s face. The abstract element is clearly visible in his work that invites the audience to decipher the meaning and interpret the message within. Abrar Ahmed, a renowned artist who has unveiled numerous international and local exhibitions of his work, paints with vibrant colours. He utilizes the concept of portraiture in some way, and secondly, brings out the element of abstract art. Dealing with the realm of ideas, he avoids purely objective or representational approach to reality. His work conveys a universe of feelings, contemplations, convictions and sentiment. Depicting human feelings cautions expertise and emotional integrity, one that is evident in Abrar. He celebrates the feminine beauty and is well-known for his figurative drawings and paintings on oil on canvas.