“Duo” a 2 person show by Suffah Naeem and Salman Arshad recently opened at Creative Art Gallery, Karachi on 17th February 2017. Both artists belong to different universities and areas and this dif___ference can be seen in their artworks, each representing a unique style.
Suffah Naeem did her M.Phil in Fine Arts from Punjab University and has displayed her artworks in numerous exhibitions across the country. Her artwork revolves around the concept of Pardah. Internationally on many forums Pardah was debated as a negative thing specifically related to Islam. But if one notices traces of covering the head or veil can be found in other religions also. Her artworks elaborate the origin; it's comparison to the ways of its practice in different cultures and religions and also a source of mutual understanding between them. According to Naeem one cannot have a conclusive statement about Pardah. It will remain under discussion till researched thoroughly.
“What my work is doing is making people think more about the complexities of this subject. I have brought it into a realm of discussion so that a lot more can be researched on its psychology. All over my effort is to bring forth this topic as a food for thought for many”.
While viewing Naeem’s artwork one will notice constant use of landscape and relating it to the female emotions, just like thick dense forests female emotions are layered. When you go deep into forest the green tone becomes dark and thick, same goes for female emotions, deep inside she feel things too much and keeps the secrets hidden inside. Colors used in Naeem’s artworks are a blend of warm and cool colors which again relates to female side that she is a combination of warmth and fire.
Salman Arshad is a graduate from University of Gujrat and his work reveals talented skills he acquired from the institute. His work is based on the challenges, difficulties, and problems that he has experienced and to express those Arshad took help from the technique, creativity and abilities. The work itself represents patience and a huge part of which artist is.
Arshad’s technique is quite different, the use of leftover paper and composing them as an artwork is the masterly skills. Limited color palette can be witnessed so the focus remains on the technique and composed element.
My work is consistency of my inner in specific style and texture. I think without art the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable. The aim of my art is to portray the appearance and importance of everything and their inward significan
This show was curated by Waqas Zafar, who is into this art field for about past three-four years and has curated numerous shows. According to him “new talent needs to be supported and should be brought to light, this is what they deserve and has worked for and this is what galleries are for to support young artists by giving them platform to exhibit that will certainly boost the confidence”. Show continues till 24th February 2017.