Absurd Illusions 2 by Pakistani & Bangladeshi Eminent Artists
Absurd Illusions 2
Exhibition of Paintings
Muhammad Ali Bhatti (Pakistan)
Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed (Bangladesh)
on Monday 4 May 2015 at 4:30 pm
the Exhibition will continue till 14 May 2015
Mohammad Ali is an Artist and Art Professor, currently living in Pakistan. He graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with MFA in Painting and PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University Athens USA. In the beginning His subject matter had its roots in figurative compositions, portraits and cultural subjects, and experimented joyously in style and medium. More recently He has been immersed in the mystery and emotions of non-objective painting. He like it because it is exciting, challenging and more close to his heart. He believes that the real enjoyment of art is the process of painting and the intuitive exploration of the visual language. He enjoys spontaneity with energetic bold brush strokes and honest expressions. He likes vibrant colors and shapes and how they respond to each other and his reaction to various elements which move freely in anonymous space.
Kazi Salahuddin Ahmed is an eminent artist of Bangladesh. He lives in older part of Dhaka. His art work has inspired by the architecture built by the Mughal in the 15th century. As Dhaka now is the capital city and the pressures of urbanization and development is resulting in the loss of a unique way of life, Kazi’s main objective is to break the stereotypes constructed by this dominant paradigm. He believes that old Dhaka has much to offer.His work is, therefore, focused to reinvent the old city. The interpretation he offers, are attempts to portray from a treasure trove of memories, a way of life that if allowed to become extinct which leaves us hallow and empty.
The forms, composition, colours and the structures are reflective of this central ideology. It incorporates elements from his childhood memories, aspects of daily existence and is blended together to reflect the fantastic rhythm, music, smell and texture of the old city.
The walls of the Nomad gallery were brought to life as the vibrant collection of paintings by Bangladeshi artist Kazi Salahuddin and Pakistani artist Mohammad Ali Bhatti went on display.
Bhatti is most well known for his figurative work which captured the beauty of each face in bold colours and the result always induced joy in the viewer. He said he enjoyed working with bright colours and found pleasure in putting them together on the canvas.
Bhatti said that he chooses the form and content in his compositions after a long process of serious contemplation.
“A painter has a social and moral duty to explore and widen the understanding of our cultural and spiritual identity,” he said.
Bhatti’s latest collection of paintings is titled ‘Absurd Illusion’ and is a commentary of the country’s political situation.
“It is a reflection upon the ambiguity in politics and the confusion in society,” he said.
“Through my paintings I respond to the contradiction between traditional feudalism and the perceptions about democracy in Pakistan,” he added.
Bangladeshi artist Kazi Salahuddin captures the beauty of old Dhaka city using bold honest brush strokes.
He said that by painting scenes from Dhaka, he hopes to capture the essence of the city on his canvas. The artist incorporates childhood memories with many aspects of daily existence in old Dhaka, combining the rhythm, smells and textures of the city expressed in colour.
Salahuddin said that in this age of individualism, old Dhaka retains a sense of community which is unique.
“I witnessed unity, neighbourly attitudes and belonging in old Dhaka,” he said.
He said that through his work, he hopes to reinvent how people think of the old city.
“I attempt to portray scenes from a treasure trove of memories and show a way of life which is becoming extinct. Without this sense of community, we are left feeling hallow and empty,” he said.