A solo exhibition by Mohammad Ibrahim recently unveiled at Mainframe Gallery in Karachi. A combination of both landscape and calligraphy is a unique way in which artist Ibrahim presents his work.
With the idea of the presence of divinity that surrounds the entire universe, he focuses on merging the calligraphic elements into the landscape elements. He takes inspiration from the nature that surrounds him and builds on his calligraphic landscapes with layers of over lapping Arabic text taken from the Quran. These layers are drawn with the infinite color palette each season brings its array of hues and tones.
The calligraphic expression is clearly evident on the petals of the leaves, the grass, the bark of a tree and even sky. By intermingling these, the artists strongly suggests the nature being a creation of Allah and Allah being present everywhere. Mohammad Ibrahim, born in 1972 hails from Quetta, Balochistan. Ibrahim completed his BFA from the University of Balochistan, Quetta and has shown with galleries in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Islamabad. Despite his unique style, the artist does not showcase his work often and likes to spend a lot of time on each piece until it reaches the point where he has envisioned it before starting. He has been teaching painting and calligraphy since he graduated as he feels giving back is a part of his artistic process.