A solo show by Saba Tanveer recently took place at Mainframe Gallery in Karachi.
The concept of her work is about bringing the background of how an artwork is prepared. She brings forth the inspirations, hard work and the influence of the ambiance that helps the artist to create a piece of art. All of her paintings show the back side of the canvas hinting at the other side of the picture whose narrative might be an antonym of the front.
Her still life paintings of a blank canvas, drawing papers and colour palettes are an amazing depiction of a beginning of something beautiful. It is like a journey through time as each passing minute unfolds new ideas and notions. Though similar in design, each painting has its unique charm and speaks volumes. The significance of a canvas is highlighted in her paintings as this becomes the centre stage for an artist to convey the message of the inspiration.
The artists research revolves around the psychological and social dogma of looking at things from the other angle title as “The Other Side”. It reflects the concept and ideology of those things which are ignored by an ordinary eye. Her work represents the whole story of experiences that she has gained throughout her life. She has accomplished her work so realistically that it is portraying a complete sense of illusion. Her believe in reality is signified in her work in the form of facts, simplicity and realism. The message is to view beyond the obvious as it has hidden messages and deeply rooted notions that should be paid attention to.
Saba Tanveer has studied from Punjab University College of Arts and Design and lives and works in Lahore.