A solo show by Akram Dost Balooch recently unveiled at Koel Gallery in Karachi.
Collective Impulses as the name suggests is a series of paintings in a monochrome theme to reflect upon instinctive desires that seem to delight the artist.
Evoking emotions beyond the obvious and unwrapping the hidden realms of minds, Balooch has strung a chord of personal sensibilities. The imagery of the paintings serves an impetus of visual delights involving metaphors, dreams, delusions, emotions and ideas in a new perspective. The water-based paints, granulated and treated with ink on paper display transcendence of intangible force, with delicately fine textures and creative outpourings.
A look at his paintings reveals a peek into the dreams and reflections on obscure realities. He brings out the instinctive ideas that are perhaps struggling to emerge. It is highly commendable how each painting connects with the audience and reinforces the collective impulses from one’s primordial forms of life; his growth, struggles, joys, fears, illusions, questions, beliefs and acquisitions, to his experiences.
Depth, character and wisdom are predominant features of his work that touch upon a nerve of enigma. The subdued messages are subtle and yet vivid to imagination. Sometimes depressing, intense and jarring, the thought he conveys comes out clear and strong.
It is awe-inspiring how Balooch has provided an arena to think of the unseen, and see it subsequently as if time slows down and beauty emerges with stillness. The portrayal of abstract art is beautifully merged with hints of landscape and figurative art.
Akram Dost Balooch was born in Nushki, a border town in the south-west of Balochistan. He received his school education in Nushki and graduated with his BFA from National College of Arts, Lahore, and is among the founding faculty of The Department of Fine Arts, University of Balochistan. He paints and sculpts and the themes of his work are wide ranging, with a heavy focus on human rights. The dominant aesthetics of his work are inspired by the traditional motifs of Balochistan, an area to which he has contributed much himself; Baloch wrote his PhD dissertation on the traditional patterns of Baloch embroidery and handicrafts, and has contributed invaluable items to the collection on Balochistan at the Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi. Baloch has received wide acclaim, both at home and abroad, and is also the recipient of Pakistan’s President’s Pride of Performance award (2004).
He is currently based in Quetta where he runs his studio and chairs The Institute of Fine Arts at University of Balochistan.