A solo exhibit of a renowned artist QUDDUS MIRZA recently took place at Canvas Gallery, Karachi.
For Quddus Mirza art comes from the act of art making. For him, marks of different kinds, made with paint, pastel, pencil and printed paper define, direct and decide imagery that relates around two recurring concerns; love and death. Fascination with love and fear of death, as well as fascination with death and fear of love, emerge in multiple forms and formats in these works. Since both love and death – or passion and aggression in making of art are two sides of the same entity.
Using oil and mixed media on canvas, Mirza shows an abstract expression that predominantly conveys the message. Using bold hues of red, yellow and blue, the narrative of love and death is beautifully portrayed. The abstract expressionism evokes emotional narrative; putting his inner impulses on the canvas. His gestural brushstrokes show a conscious thought shown as a visual impression. The appearance and authority of a perception is pre-dominant in his work.
Quddus Mirza, an alumni of the National College of Arts, Lahore and the Royal College of Arts, London has exhibited extensively, both locally and internationally. Based in Lahore, Quddus Mirza is the Head of the Fine Art Department at NCA, a curator with exhibitions in Pakistan and abroad and is a regular art writer to various magazines and publications on art.