At a recent solo show held at O Art Space gallery in Lahore, Afshar Malik exhibited his recent art collection. Once again, Afshar has impressed art critics and art enthusiasts with his art. His talent, skill and passion for the art he creates shines through his work.
Afshar is known for his experimental style and technique and this show was no different. Afshar has experimented with what seem to be industrial materials in this show. Materials such as enamel paint, markers on small melamine trays have been extensively used for this exhibition. Unlike a lot of artists who stick to a particular medium and style, Afshar likes to experiment and push himself to use and familiarise himself with new mediums and techniques. It keeps his work fresh and allows the artist to grow, explore and expand his skill set. The artist has in the past also dabbled with a variety of different mediums and techniques, including, but not limited to, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculptures, illustrations and so on.
This current exhibition is a recollection of things/situations the artist has observed and experienced. Art critic, Quddus Mirza, has rightly noted that “In all 19 of his paintings, he is ‘speaking’ to his medium, imagery, and himself. The work can be classified as auto-portrait, since it depicts the personality of the painter as well as records his hand in action. He is also in conversation with the pictorial history of the region, from classic Indian miniature painting to folk imagery and from puppetry to popular art. Like a child, Malik collects whatever fancies him, and preserves all that in his soul. Thus, his art is a recollection of all that he has observed, experienced and imagined by manipulating surfaces, mixing colours, managing several visual materials and incorporating distant and diverse sources. One can mention the inclusion of collage in some works, but the differentiation of materials is a mere deception. Once in the hands of Afshar Malik, a material is liberated from its identity, character and limitations.“
The artist also doesn’t hesitate to touch upon emotions and feelings. In several of his pieces one sees men and women interacting, talking and communicating with each other.
There is no doubt that Afshar Malik’s work is delightful and different then what one often gets to see these days. His experimental style and technique allows his work to stay fresh and offers his audience a refreshing perspective.