The recent exhibition by Muhammad Shahid tiled ‘Amalgamation of Thoughts’ that ran from March 29 till April 4 at Artscene Gallery, Karachi was a treat for the viewers. His work is a continuation of the same project that he has been working upon earlier.
The impact of the new dialogue created by blending the traditional and modern is shown in far more interactive way. The selection of flat color tones impacts the visual.
Shahid draws inspiration from his everyday life experiences. His observations have always been the integral ingredient in his work, some of them dating back to his childhood. The artist sees life even in the folds of a drapery as he believes that nothing is still for when he declares something to be “still”. For the artist, life has many forms and “Silence too has a sound” and this is where he decided to start his expedience of unraveling the mystery through the medium of colors.
His paintings are a mesh of Mughal elements and contemporary times. Mostly dwelling on garbs, he tries to establish the message through the outer adornments and appearances. The faces are deliberately masked or some cases completely hidden to mark anonymity.
The hues of the images are painted against a particular background tone with different colours brought out to life in the forefront. The sceneries are devoid of any natural element, focusing primarily on humans and their belongings. Door, balconies, staircases and windows are prominently displayed leading one to believe a feel of transition from one phase to the other. The symbolic elements including elephant and horses are shown with perfection signifying a grandeur way of life that contrasts with the present times. Interestingly Shahid shows an upside down image of windows in some instances that hints at the changing times that have altered the things drastically.
Overall, the exhibition is a treat for those who admire miniature painting.
Muhammad Shahid was born and raised in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan is a contemporary visual artist and graduated from the National College of Arts in 2013.