Naveed Sadiq’s solo show, Kajal, held in Lahore showcased miniature paintings in a different light. His work is a refreshing change from the usual miniature paintings that one sees. Interestingly, this series focuses on the process of creating miniature painting. It highlights the techniques, methods and tools that are often used in the creation of this traditional art form. Naveed has also incorporated his ustaads into this particular exhibition and has paid a tribute to their guidance, mentorship and support.
Naveed has studied miniature painting from NCA and then gone on to pursue this Masters from Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. He has been exposed to traditional aspects of miniature painting during the course of his formal art training, but his interpretation of miniature works is significantly different than that of his contemporaries.
It is not uncommon to see miniature work in Pakistan, in fact it is one of the most popular art forms and is greatly loved and appreciated by art critics and art enthusiasts. However, the majority of miniature painters follow a similar style with minimalistic figures, abstract imagery, muted backgrounds; which is in stark contrast to what one sees in Naveed’s works.
His work focuses on the technique and method that goes behind the painting miniatures. Through this series Naveed is able to show his viewers how much detail, planning and effort goes into create each art piece. His work gives us an opportunity to understand the time and effort that artists put into creating each miniature piece. One such piece in this series shows a pestle and mortar that is used to grind and powder natural resources, minerals in jars, leaves, seeds and other organic elements which are commonly used for achieving colour and texture. Close attention to detail is visible in his work.
Naveed has also paid tribute of sorts to three of his mentors or “ustads”; Haji Mohammad Sharif, Sheikh Shuja Ullah and Bashir Ahmed, by incorporating them into his current series. He has used his memory from his years under their guidance to recreate those moments by painting them. One can see how carefully he has observed and then meticulously depicted his teachers. Special attention has been paid to their body language and expressions.
Naveed’s work is a wonderful and refreshing change to the traditional miniature art we often see.