A Solo show featuring works by Abdul Muhammad opened on 8th March 2018 at Full Circle Gallery titled “My Family and Other Animals”.
Much like the book “My Family And Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell, Abdul Muhammad has produced this series of prints which echo the same sentiments that Durrell introduced in his autobiography.
Similarly, Abdul lives with the animals featured in his work; they are akin to family members for him. He recognizes each of them by name and by character, thus forming individual relationships with each of them. Abdul seeks to give a voice to these characters, perhaps in an effort to explain to a wider audience, the importance of these animals in his life. He describes them as being his friends as well as his livelihood. Abdul has named each of his prints after the faculty members of IVSAA, where he still works. He attempts to draw parallels between his colleagues and his animals, to denote the importance and vitality of each in his daily life.
Abdul Muhammad is a self-taught printmaker. He discovered his practice during the 5 years he spent at Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, assisting art instructors in the printmaking department. He picked up the requisite skills by observing and practicing the methods being taught to the students and eventually began to create his own prints.