A group show titled ‘Inheritance’ recently opened at Art Kaam Gallery, Karachi. The show featured the works of five eminent artists Abrar Ahmed, Akram Spaul, G N Qazi, Hussain Chandio and Nisar Ahmed.
A self-taught artist, Abrar’s subject is a bejeweled and gracefully draped woman. His work is inspired by Urdu Ghazals that are described as a poetic expression of the pain of separation from a loved one; His recent sojourn into monochromatic theme has certainly raised his quality bar one notch above. Any sentient creature capable of noticing different colors is also potentially capable of associating personal thoughts and feelings with them. Thus a single color may evoke a multitude of different reactions depending on the associations various seers connect it with. Aside from being a style of painting that only uses one color, monochrome painting is a transcendental tool. It’s a way for artists to grapple with the phenomenon of color and emotion, color and spirituality, color and the mind. By focusing on a specific hue as the subject of a painting, an artist can explore the range of associations viewers have with that hue.
Akram Spaul is a super realist painter and his subject is usually daily life, old windows, arches and household objects. Every single painting has its own soul with such sheer presence of life that it sometimes appears as a photograph and not a painting. His strokes and detailed work can explain his passion with that specific subject. His paintings create a tangible solidity and physical presence through subtle lighting and shading effects. Shapes, forms and areas appear almost real.
G. N. Qazi is a notable artist, who paints the old architecture of Sindh which dominates his paintings. His works tend to revolve around his hometown - Thatta and its charming Haveli facades where he conjures a world imbued with both nostalgia and peace, and attempts to preserve the remnants of our tangible heritage. Inspired by the imperial architecture of mosques with small domes, the artist has shown a town-planning in few of his work.
Chandio’s (bird-eye view) artworks revolve around the beauty of society, in which he has grown up. He is inspired by the vibrant and rich embroidered dresses with lively colors of women folk walking in the street. His perspective is unique in the sense that captures the difficult body angles from a height. His paintings portray traditional perspective and scale.
Decorative patterns and designs, sensuous female figures with the jewelry and birds, Nisar’s canvases are full of life and vibrant colors. His creative female figure shows the struggle of women of the society. He often uses traditional backgrounds with the Islamic canopies, flowers, birds, pottery and other traditional ornaments.