In this particular exhibition Pakistani artist, Akram Dost Baloch, and a French artist, Bertrand Bellon, overcome their physical distances and partner together to show their meaningful art pieces. Both artists have dedicated their lives to teaching and inspiring generations of young and eager art students. Their passion, love and dedication towards their work is obvious in the pieces they create.
Akram’s love for his land is apparent. His creativity stems from his homeland, the country he was raised in and loves so dearly. His identity is strongly linked to his homeland and his art is reflective of this. It is almost impossible for the artist to disengage from his land because of the deep connection he shares with Pakistan, its people, its culture and so on. His work is full of motifs and symbols, which represent the culture he lives in.
In this exhibition one sees plenty of mustached men, women draped with cloth as they hold little children close to their bodies. The people are front and centre in his art. His backgrounds are often (intentionally) unclear as he wants the people he captures to be the main focus of his work. A rather thought provoking piece shows a woman, with unidentifiable features. “That is how women, the most important component of our society, are seen – hidden behind shadows.” His work has often be compared to a documentation of our current times as something, perhaps, our future generations can learn from. Akram Dost Baloch only aims to be authentic in what he paints and captures. His work is true to what he observes and has experienced as well.
At first glance, Bertrand Bellon’s pictures are in stark contrast to Akram’s sombre and dark portraits. The glaringly different art is reflective of the complete contrasting cultures/countries the two come from. Each artist is being true to himself and his art by depicting his personal realities. His play with light and shadows is worth mentioning and quite a few of his pieces show shadows of trees falling on walls. His skilful play with light creates depth and gives his work personality. For this exhibition he has also painted fruits, in vivid and bright colours.
Both artist display their skill, talent and technique through their art and engage and impress their audience.