A four person show, Four Statements, showcased the work of AS Rind, Khusro Subzwari, Sadaf Farasat and Shanzay Subzwari.
AS Rind is one of Pakistan’s most respected and renowned artists, known for his vibrant paintings of his native culture, Rahim Yar Khan. Rind has worked in various mediums and styles and has been quite bold about his experimentations with various styles and techniques. His work provides a social commentary on the inequality and oppression that is ever present in our society. Rind is unafraid to call out injustice and wrong doing and often does so through this art. A rich and bright colour palette, bold brush strokes and distinctive figurative work are synonymous with Rind’s art. A lot of his work is also a tribute to our culture and heritage and for this reason it is not unusual to find Urdu script or Urdu poetry incorporated into his work.
Khusro Subzwari is known for his depiction of the Whirling Dervishes, the main theme, based on Mevlana Rumi’s verses. It is an embodiment of inspiration that derives from Rumi’s poetry on Spirituality and Love.He says, “I am highly inspired and driven by Rumi's verses and privileged to convey these feelings to the masses to their benefit through my art. These are synonymous to my thoughts.” Although an engineer by profession, his technical background has added to his understanding of composition, balance, texture and creating three dimensional effects in his paintings.
Sadaf Farasat makes uses of a variety of subjects using different media and techniques and does not restrict her creativity to just one single theme. “I paint whatever gives me the sense of being connected to my Creator! And whatever gives me the chance of conveying the message of Allah and His Messenger (saw). Although I get my inspiration from various phenomena and philosophies, my work is mostly inspired by Sufism and how Man's relation with Allah is described in Sufism.” Sadaf hopes that her work will help with self-realization, spiritual healing and purification for the soul for those who engage with it and fully understand the message behind the work Sadaf creates.
In her current series, Shanzay Subzwari uses Wonderland as a metaphor for life, “This series investigates and ponders existential ideas and coming-of-age struggles in conjunction with themes of deception, political ambiguities and popular culture”. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Fine Art from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (2019/2020) in London, U.K. as a recipient of the British Chevening Scholarship.