Creating an artwork requires skill, observation and dedication, the basic three key points. One cannot just decide to be an artist in an instant. It requires whole lot effort physically and mentally also. Every year, numerous artists are produced by various art institutes, but to be the one who leave a mark on every body’s mind is and should be the ultimate thing.
“Allegorical”, a recent two person show at Creative Art Gallery, Karachi represented artworks by two budding artists, Farhatulain Kiani from Punjab University and Habib Akram from Gujrat University. The show opened on 17th August 2017 with fifteen paintings on display representing awe-inspiring skills by both painters. Habib’s draped figures, Farhat’s life size limbs leave the viewer in awe.
According to Farhatulain
“In these alluring paintings, I used mixed media to blur the lines between fantasy and realism. The work raises an important question about the existence of Insan or human: Can we take action and make choices by ourselves, or is our fate already determined? The Arabic word 'insan’ has two roots, the ‘uns’ to love and 'nasiya' to forget. It indicates that it is in human nature to love or to forget and make mistakes. My art is a mixture of ‘good’ and some ‘evil’ undertones. This is how I view the world around me. There is no complete good and it's not completely evil either,” “Where there is one, there is the other.I choose to portray women with nature because, “Women are beautiful and so is nature. This work conveys enhanced emotions that radiate from the canvas and evoke a strong response from viewers. The paintings feature figures that break away from ambiguity and are open to various interpretations so that anyone can immerse themselves into their sensuality and discover their own narrative.”
Kiani is not a feminist, but she portrays the softness of women because this is the fact no matter how much we deny that women are soft natured as compared to men. They have an emotional side no matter how much they try to be tough outside. Rose petals are painted with the extreme sensitivity balanced along with the flowing hair locks. Kiani is in favor of less is more, that is why she worked with a limited color palette, limited elements and brings out the essence of the statement in her work.
Habib Akram is a promising budding painter, living in an area where there are less facilities makes a person frustrated with the environment specially those who are passionate about the work. Akram had been a victim of this situation, but losing hope was out of the question for him. His passion led him to find alternative solutions for his problems resulting in more experiments and finding new techniques plus material. His artworks are like a “scream” which capture viewer’s attention and forces him/her to dive in the background waves and flowy cloth.
According to Akram,
“My artworks in a contextual significance are about human relations, emotions, behaviors and psychology. All of my artworks raise a question on mankind who depict double standards in life. I believe humans have layers, the more you know them the deeper you will dig yourself in their layer, but you cannot guess what is beneath them until and unless you know them. My inspiration is basically from the experiences I had in childhood, the way I was treated by people.
People portray themselves as something else but in reality they have a different persona. So what is true? Each layer has a different story and new mystery attached to it which can only be found by those who have that eagerness”.
“Passion is what lacks in our artists today. Art market is growing day by day, but this growth has negativity attached to it. Certain lobbies are formed, certain artists are promoted and it is like, a rotation, same artist’s different galleries. Because of these certain art hub tactics, promoting artists who have no one to watch their back has become a challenge” Waqas Zafar.