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Muhammad Ashraf

Is Art a discourse? Yes, it is supreme captivating force which charms me to engross in creative imagination. The thin and thick paint applications, light and dark lines, tonal variations and subtle hues intermingle on a surface that is my oeuvre. For me these embodiments are the results of a continual process of investigation of mark-making, seeking new dimensions. Dabbing in various media, the idea is more important to me than the technique albeit technique is considered vital to develop an idea. I use my drawing and painting skills to develop my ideas. I was trained initially by Colin David and Khalid Iqbal in rigorous drawing skills; by Salima Hashmi at the National College of Arts Lahore who encouraged experimentations; and by Grenville Davey – Turner Prize winner in understanding art at the University of East London.

 

My subjects are commonplace – the happenings in everyday life, from the pleasure that cultural objects yield me to an effrontery of political systems. The current show comprises works produced during 2003 and 2010. The thread which holds these works together is the process, and I am keen to share with people the rhapsody of this process. It is a visual phenomenon that cannot by expressed through words.

 

Muhammad Ashraf