A Two-person show was recently held at Art Chowk Gallery. Both the artists, Arsalan Naqvi and Tahir Ali presented completely different styles and subjects. Arsalan's work finds expression through symbols and is inspired by the cubist movement. Tahir Ali’s work has elements of an emotional experience in nature.
It is created by gestures, expressive lines and intuitive colour choices. It is not an observational record.
This work has evolved from photographs taken by the artist of landscapes and cityscapes. He inverted their colours, and it changed the mood of the photograph entirely - from an everyday typical scene they transformed into dark, gloomy, chaotic images that reflected unrest and unease. These works still retain a similar feeling of this previous work.
Forms and rhythm play an active role in his process, and subtle palettes of colour create a moving and restless balance. The act of assembling, selecting and collating found objects and mediums develops in the final image.
The paintings play with the 2 dimensionality of a canvas - some explore and enhance the flatness of the surface, while others create an illusion of 3 dimensional depths through multiple layering, imagination and mark making. There are familiar objects and things present in the imagery, accompanied by a simultaneous feeling that dismisses their recognition.