Realism is broadly considered the beginning of modern art. Literally, this is due to its conviction that everyday life and the modern world were suitable subjects for art. Philosophically, Realism embraced the progressive aims of modernism, seeking new truths through the reexamination and overturning of traditional systems of values and beliefs.
Realism concerned itself with how life was structured socially, economically, politically, and culturally in the mid-19th century. This led to unflinching, sometimes "ugly" portrayals of life's unpleasant moments and the use of dark, earthy palettes that confronted high art's ultimate ideals of beauty.
Following the explosion of newspaper printing and mass media in the wake of the Industrial Revolution, Realism brought in a new conception of the artist as self-publicist.
If “realistic” is used to mean a strong likeness to the appearance of things as we see them in the world, then the reader needs to know the particular ways in which the particular work resembles which aspects of the world. Social conventions play a part, since different people and different cultures define the world differently. For all of these reasons, the most useful definition of this style – like that of any other – depends upon noting very specific visual features which are defined very specifically.
The recent exhibition by S.M. Fawad at Artciti revealed extraordinary paintings of the artists. Vivid observation, passion and perseverance are the primary prerequisites for an artist to paint a subject with realism. Amidst today’s vibrant milieu of contemporary art movements, there are just a handful of painters who continue to pursue Realism with faith. This is an art form that captures the true spirit of an era, its culture and characteristic, thus creating a permanent record for all times to come. S M Fawad is one of those rare painters who have been specifically groomed in the distinguished field of Realism. He has been taught to look pensively through his eyes and decipher the inferred information into a huge but tangible database of visual information. This information is consequently transferred to the canvas with a prowess that has been honed over many years of persistent practice.
In his work, we see doors and windows that are painted with exquisite perfection that almost seem real. The facades, shadows surrounding them and the overall ambiance portray relevance to reality. Symbolic to openings and opportunities, these doorways entail a secretive attraction that pulls the viewer. The plants and pots that he paints are equally intriguing, bringing about a unique look to the life.