An exhibition of exquisite paintings by M A Bhatti and Tabassam Rizvi opens at Nomad Art Gallery here today (Thursday).
Artist and art professor Mohammad Ali Bhatti’s recent paintings are about people, spiritualism, and contemporary issues of the land. He considers it his social and moral obligation to explore and widen understanding of the oppressed through rational expression.
“Portrait painting is my passion; however, I am equally contented with contemporary expressions. The real enjoyment of art for me has been the process of painting and the intuitive exploration of the unseen. I treat surfaces with dynamic colours, vivid tonality, texture, and juxtaposition of forms and figures in the composition. I like to use calligraphic forms that evolve and emerge on surface with energetic brush strokes coupled with illusions of appearance and disappearance of elements within the picture plan,” M A Bhatti reveals in a statement.
The artist maintains visual interest through the interplay of various elements and traditional patterns that subtly moves through the composition. Spontaneity, bold expression, visual complexity and aesthetic sensibility remain his focus.
Tabassam Rizvi has painted women radiating an aura of light, colour, warmth and radiance, with a focus on the fleeting forms and their expressions, enhanced by the effects of light and shade. “Impressionistic strokes create a mystery associated with form and expression, leaving a lot to the imagination of the viewer,” the artist states.
Tabassam believes that the canvas of life is filled with movement, colour, texture and strokes that may be bold or soft, depicting its different facets.
“For this exhibition, I have experimented in Encaustics, or hot wax painting, which is one of the oldest forms of recording images. I apply layers of the medium to create textures and transparency. “The hot wax medium is composed of purified beeswax, resin and coloured pigment. While painting, the medium is kept molten on a heated palette. Painted on an absorbent surface, each layer applied is heated to fuse it to the surface. The oldest encaustic panel paintings date back to the Fayum mummy panel portraits from Egypt dating back around 100-300 AD,” Tabassam mentions.
Both artists have numerous solo and group exhibitions to their credit. The exhibition will remain open until April 30.