Ajab Khan recently unveiled his solo exhibition at ArtKaam Gallery on April 06, titled Rung-e-Aab.
As the title suggests, Khan presents a colourful configuration of landscape in the beauty of rural setting. The true essence of the ambiance is captured splendidly through stunning scenery and backdrops shown at different times of the day.
The focal point of the painting here is the change of seasons that has been portrayed through free flow of colours. The patchy roads with mud houses in the background overshadowed with trees, the river stream with birds sitting atop, the innocence merriment of children flying kites, the far stretched land that shows women carrying water, cows grazing and horses in a meadow are just a few gorgeous glimpses from the artist’s eye.
The serenity of the land is heightened by the soft glow of the golden rays that are shown in many forms casting shadows hither and thither. The artist defines nature as diverse and their means of attaining serenity arduous. The paintings are orchestrated as a diaphanous imagery with such mastery that the fragile moments of rural lifestyle seem beyond disintegration. Although the surfaces are seamless, the clarity of distinction between each touch, color and shape is remarkable.
The scenes produced on his canvas are reminiscent of the local culture and everyday life of the village that arouses feelings of tranquility and calmness. His paintings remind one of how the countryside is detached from the commotion of the urban centers. The artist stated that he dreams of a peaceful world for everyone through his paintings.
For the artist living in harmony with nature is a source of artistic inspiration and creativity. Ajab Khan is a self-taught artist based in Dera Ismail Khan. The artist, who did his Masters in Urdu literature, is in the field of art for the past 30 years. Khan has won a number of national and international accolades, including the first prize in the Makkah Calligraphy competition, Saudi Arabia.