A solo exhibition titled New Memories by artist Moeen Faruqi recently took place at local Gallery in Karachi.
Today portraiture is once again a healthy and vital discipline in the art world. While there are quite a few nontraditional approaches out there, many artists are returning to traditional techniques to address contemporary issues, and more people are painting portraits than ever.
The paintings of Faruqi on display presented an interesting amalgam of monochrome sketches and multi-hued portraits. The generic representation of his work is distinctive and appears to portray an individual identity. The significant manifestation of his work revolves around the feelings and moods. One of the hallmarks of his work is a sense of reality, an apparent intention to depict the unique appearance of a particular person. Each portrait though similar in treatments narrates its own expression. Devoid of the conventional formats, the work of Faruqi bears a testimony to human suffering, alienation and societal pressures. Most of the paintings allow a greater engagement between with the viewer as they radiate an enigmatic appeal. The focus is primarily on the solemn outward show of each portrait that is beautifully contrasted with sharp and bright colours. The perceived inspirational qualities in each portrait hint at a dialogue beyond the obvious.
Moeen Faruqi is a Karachi-based painter and poet. Since the 1980’s his paintings have been exhibited locally as well as internationally. Faruqi’s paintings deal with estrangement and a sense of unbelonging. Men, women, and even animals, convey the angst and alienation of existence in urban settings.