A miniature group exhibition was recently held at Unicorn Art Gallery from 9th to 15th December, 2017 by four artists; Asif Ahmed, Imran Mudassar, Safdar Ali Qureshi, Shiblee Munir.
Asif Ahmed dabbles in the mughal era with his work titled as “End of an Era”. The series depicts portraits of mughals shown in the side pose. The choice of colours and patterns suggest a fabulous majestic era coming to an end. He masters the art by bringing forth the dominance of that bygone era and how it succumbed to the pressures of the world. His series conveys a message loud and clear in which he addresses how the society both moral and physical has deteriorated an era that stood out for its splendor and grandeur. Ahmed has used gouache on wasli and has emphasized on phases of our historical relevance. In one of his paintings, the figure is seen wearing a mask contraption that suggests the effects of environment on the society in general. The minute details and attention to symbolic items such as the necklaces and the headgear suggest the lavishness of that era and how the feeble emperors fell prey to the outside world and lost their reign. The red colour was used for blood and ochre for dust as the figures of different Mughal emperors were soaked in these two colours to symbolise there role during that period.
Imran Mudassar brings forth his black and white portraits that subliminally suggest destruction of a human soul. The shape of a human lends a bloodied wound riddled by stone. His forms seems to be illustrious of contemporary realities. He chooses to discover the identity of a human form in an iconographic way that relates to the human suffering. Mudassar’s imagery signifies the condition of our times. The artist seems to be inspired by the destruction of the war recreate the disorder in his paintings. Mudassar talks about human life and how fickle it has become. He reveals the human form, subjected to war and its inevitable destruction. He comments on how a city subjected to conflict does not only destroy the infrastructure and landscape but also destroys the life within the city. He presents pencil drawings of the human body that are exposed to all kinds of danger. Imagery of ammunition and the marks they leave behind have been documented in his work.
Safdar Ali’s miniature work is a mix of different images; some are blurred images of the mughal period that suggest their weaknesses and feeble power. The other works of Safdar Ali are abstract that may suggest the imprint of societal pressures on human kind. He works by using old techniques with modern touch on subjects like culture, traditions and politics.
Shiblee Munir unfolds the past culture as the seat of imperial power within the subcontinent melded with circus images to show the degradation of our culture and history. Through general deliberations, he centers to produce an embellished art with a Mughal atelier predominantly shown. However his conceptual concerns encompass on social belief of a society.