Hussain Chandio recently exhibited his works at a solo show at Ejaz Art Gallery, Lahore. Hussain has a knack of turning the most ordinary scenes into beautiful and thought-provoking art.
Hussain is a keen observer and likes to paint what he is most comfortable with, his culture and heritage. He identifies closely with the Sindhi culture and likes to paint what he is most familiar with. Since he so closely identifies with the people he paints, his art is truly one of its kind. His personal perspectives and love for his land and people is apparent through his art.
Hussain, doesn’t hold back when he talks about beauty of Sindhi people, “I see their beauty and rich colours in everyday life. I have painted them in all moods and activity. Female figures – some dancing and others walking. My canvases exude different moods in different compositions. I paint in my own style and with my own techniques.”
Bright and bold colours dominate the canvas. One sees liberal use of neon colours in this particular exhibition, but Hussain has a keen sense of colour and is able to use colours which compliment each other. Shocking pink, neon greens and yellows are liberally use in most of his pieces.
There is a lot of movement and rhythm in his work. Elegant women which dominate a large majority of his canvases appear to be constantly on the move. Whether they’re carrying a large clay pot on their hips or drawing water from a well, Hussain’s canvases are busy and full of energy and movement.
To keep his work authentic and true, Hussain paints figures in their traditional outfits. The men can be seen with turbans, the women covered in large and colourful dupattas. They wear traditional white bangles that reach their elbows and heavy ornate jewellery around their necks. Hussain’s work is not only aesthetically pleasing to look at, but also provides an insight into the lives of the people he paints. A lot of us living in urban cities do not have the exposure or ability to see how a large majority of our population lives and his work allows us a peak into the lives of our fellow countrymen/women.