Muhammad Zeeshan|Posternama

Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart shares a note on Muhammad Zeeshan’s current exhibition at Latitude 28

Muhammad Zeeshan, Vidya, 2013

Muhammad Zeeshan, Vidya, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.latitude28.com/index.php/works/newarrival/945

London: Latitude 28 in New Delhi is currently hosting Muhammad Zeeshan solo exhibition: Posternama.

The exhibition includes Zeeshan’s recent body of work which is inspired by miniatures’ imageries such as myths, stories of saints and martyrs and scholars which have been reinterpreted by the artist’s austere sensibilities and transformed into contemporary miniatures.

Muhammad Zeeshan, Buraq I, 2013

Muhammad Zeeshan, Buraq I, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.latitude28.com/index.php/works/newarrival/934

 

Zeeshan said about his work: “I am using poster images found locally within our culture. These imageries consist of mythical creatures and human. Within the Sufi culture lies a lot of fantastical stories. Using these stories, random local artists and believers have given their own faces to the Sufis and creatures, illustrating the time, events and landscape. I am using those posters to research and explore my own technique.”

Muhammad Zeeshan, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, 2013

Muhammad Zeeshan, Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.latitude28.com/index.php/works/newarrival/939

 

The artist started his career as billboard painter and then studied miniature art at National College in Lahore. For this exhibition he experimented laser scoring which made his work meditative, almost spiritual.

Muhammad Zeeshan, Buraq II, 2013

Muhammad Zeeshan, Buraq II, 2013. Image Credit: http://www.latitude28.com/index.php/works/newarrival/935

The exhibition is on until January 5. For more information click here.

Ali Adil Khan’s Top 10 from the Art of Pakistan Auction (November 7-8, 2012)

Guest contributor and prolific collector, Ali Adil Khan picks his top works in Saffronart’s Art of Pakistan Auction 

Toronto: My top ten favorite works in the Art of Pakistan Auction have been listed in the slideshow below in order of priority and importance.

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All of the works I have selected are by Pakistani artists who have excelled in contemporary miniature art – in its development and global recognition. This movement is strong, grounded in tradition and has left its mark on the international art scene. The credit goes to the modern practitioners and teachers of miniature art. The oldest and most influential art school of the country, the National College of Arts (NCA) in Lahore, has been a cornerstone in identifying and developing next generation of artists. The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS) in Karachi and the Beaconhouse National University (BNU) in Lahore have also established world class programs in fine arts. These institutions offer highly sought after programs in miniature painting that attract the best and the brightest, channel their creativity and challenge their thinking in ways that equip them to push defined boundaries. They subvert traditional practices, innovate and deconstruct miniature paintings to reinvent and revive a movement that we all know as neo-miniature (contemporary miniature) style of painting. Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Salima Hashmi, Ustad Bashir Ahmed, Imran Qureshi, Muhammed Zeeshan and Sumaira Tazeen, among other established artists and faculty of these institutions have been instrumental in paving the road for the next generation of artists. Some stalwarts included in this Auction clearly standout. Shahzia Sikander, Saira Wasim, Nusra Latif Qureshi, Talha Rathore, Waseem Ahmed, Hasnat Mahmood and Khadim Ali.

I have chosen Zahoor’s Farman (Lot 3) as my favorite because of its importance in setting an early direction for the movement. It is composed in the confines of the borders of a traditional miniature painting, yet it is highly contemporary. It is a painting of significant importance given that it is referenced by two important scholars of Pakistani art – Dr. Akbar Naqvi and Roger Connah. The influence of Zahoor on the contemporary art of Pakistan is unquestionable.

Khadim Ali’s painting (Lot 55) incorporates the on-going conflict in Afghanistan and references the destruction of the Bamian Buddhas as well as the prosecution of local Hazaras by the Taliban.

Asif Ahmed’s (Lot 58) versatility and command over detail impresses me. Ayesha Durrani’s painting (Lot 67) is from a series that I have always admired. Her detailing and composition is excellent.

As they say – the devil is in the detail. To read more on my views on contemporary miniature art from Pakistan, click here.

Ali Adil Khan is a prolific Toronto based collector and expert of South Asian art and antiquities. Khan has organized numerous exhibitions of South Asian Art in North America including  “Image and Identity: Being Ethnic” and “Cosmic Energy and Tantric Enlightenment: Art of Youngo Verma” which have received widespread critical acclaim. He has contributed notable articles on South Asian art to leading dailies including The Dawn Online Edition and Newsline of Pakistan. He has also been invited to share his expertise at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Art Gallery of Mississauga and the 14th Asian Art Biennale in Dhaka, amongst others. Khan is a guest contributor for the Saffronart blog.

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