Shahid Zaki is a self-taught artist whose expertise was originally in the field of woodwork and metal inlay. It was his boyhood hobby of collecting stamps that fostered the involvement with miniature schools of art. The artist began to study various styles and eras of miniature art, to sit with miniaturists and absorb their techniques and eventually, to try his hand, first for in-lay work, then in the medium of water-colour in the true miniature or album format.
After participating in several group shows, the artist exhibited his work in a solo exhibition for the first time in 1995, to great success and encouragement. The images of great courts of the Moghul Emperors decoratively bordered, are interspersed with styles of Persian, Arabic and Central Asian Schools of album art. In this present body of work, Zaki has shown a collection of his work in various styles and moods, but each one with the individual touch of the artist, and with his love of nature, expressed through the imagery of a still life.
This body of work is inspired by looking after my home garden and studying its biodiversity. These paintings are attempts to pay close attention to nature, using the cyclic dimensions of geometry and luminosity.