Tolerance by Faiza Shaikh

Tolerance by Faiza ShaikhVM art gallery has organised a colourful painting exhibition titled ‘Tolerance’ by Faiza Shaikh, featuring philosophy and Sufi poetry. Almost 23 paintings are on display at the gallery.

Sufism and mysticism inspire her paintings, while the whirling dervish are prominently depicted in her works.

One of the paintings, ‘In Search’ depicts two swirling Sufis (Dervish), with hands in the air, wearing red caps and white dresses. The painting has been done in soft colours and light strokes of oil and charcoal on canvas.

Similarly, another painting ‘Tolerance’ is about four dervishes’ standing together, wearing colourful dresses. The painting perhaps conveys a message that every religion gives a message of tolerance and unity. The Sufis are wearing yellow, orange, blue and purple dresses. The artist has rendered the scene beautifully in oils and acrylics on canvas.

‘The perfect script’ has Devanagari written in the background, with Chinese religious clerics super imposed. The clerics do not match with the background technically, perhaps expressing that every religion has a perfect script, which is always exploited by clerics for delivering the wrong message to followers for personal gains.

‘Andak Andak’ has three whirling Dervish painted on a blue, celestial background with Rumi’s poetry hovering on top.

Talking to Daily Times, Faiza Shaikh said that she painted philosophy with a touch of religion. The purpose of the painting was to express the love of God that the followers have.

“Rumi said the nationality of all is God,” she quoted, adding that she just tried to present the feelings that she went through while reading Sufi poetry and philosophy.

In her statement, Shaikh said, “She paints philosophy and poetry on canvas. Her signature work is recognised by the use of gold and silver leaf scripted with a philosophical message. Her work is rooted in the contemporary world. She chooses not the present the way we are in a manner that questions this or states what we see around us everyday. She is not unconcerned with issues of urban existence, or racial discrimination, of the disparities between the rich and poor.”

Talking to Daily Times, Director VM Rifat Alvi said, “This is the London based artist’s first show at VM Gallery.”

The exhibition will continue till May 30.

(DailyTimes)
She paints philosophy and poetry on canvas. Her signature work is recognized by the use of gold and silver leaf scripted with a philosophical message.
Her work is rooted in the contemporary world. She chooses not to present the way we are in a manner that questions this or states what we see around us everyday. She is not unconcerned with issues of urban existence, or racial discrimination, of the disparities between the rich and poor.
FAIZA SHAIKH

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