A duo exhibition by artists Ali Hammad and Ali Saad was recently held at Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore titled “The Renewal”
The paintings on display were an exquisite treat to the viewers as it unfolded some of the stunning master works from the artists.
For Hammad, the quest to preserve the great legacy of the great painters like Sorolla, Sargent, Rembrandt, Solomon J Solomon or even Ilya Repin comes out in a magnificent and equally inspiring image that he creates. A realistic painting with some shown as still life, his artistic pieces stand out for their sheer power on the viewer. The colour scheme, the brush strokes and the overall look and feel of the paintings are mesmerizing. For Hammad hard work, keen observation of life and nature with an eye of the lynx to observe all the artwork done by the great masters was a journey like sailing in a paddle boat up the creek. As Hammad says, ‘One lifetime is not enough to express the unending facets or possibilities this cosmos offers.’
His still life paintings of kettles, platters and fruits are painted with exquisite perfection. The bold and striking colours touch realism and exemplify the precision of the objects in question. His portraits are equally appealing with attention to detail and natural hues highlighted with perfection. Apart from the facial expressions, the garbs of his portraits are painted in striking colours that provide a fresh perspective to the whole image.
Ali Saad takes the inspiration from nature that unremittingly presents objects, shapes and sights in multifarious colours and postures like those in the kaleidoscope. Saad feels “one life time is not enough for an artist to render these shapes and object, at once bizarre and mysterious, into beauty.” His subject matter from exhibition to exhibition varies, but the technique and principles that he follows are of the Dutch Masters like Rembrandt and Rubens. To him things, which are considered commonplace or dull to the public, seem to carry special significance. On his part, with the profound and intelligent play of light and shade, simple yet beautiful compositions worked with bold but sensitive brush strokes always rendered great results.
His portraits are an amazing piece of art with facial expressions and ruddiness of the features so masterfully depicted. The realism approach is splendid with the right choice of colours. The hidden meanings behind the simple gaze are captured beautifully. Equally gripping are his other paintings of animals shown with great precision and attention to detail. Two of his landscapes that bring out the true beauty of a powerful sun over the skyline is extremely inspiring. Painted in bold colours, the scenery says a lot about the nature of events at that particular place.