Represent the faded faces of society and inspire invaluable

The Canvas Gallery hosts an art exhibition featuring works by Hala Nasir and Mamoon Tahir. Entitled “Under the Sky”, the exhibition will run at the gallery until July 28.

“Sometimes when we travel, we see this side of society in our environment: the poor and the gypsy children,” Hala said in the catalog published by the gallery.

“These are the faded faces of society. Even though the world has come a long way, some faces, poor and innocent, are still an integral part of our society. My work depicts the emotions of these children and the deprivations they face.

She says she uses traditional wool as the main medium in her works to show happiness, beauty, innocence and hope in their lives.

Hailing from Gujranwala, Hala completed her BFA from College of Art & Design, University of the Punjab, Lahore, majoring in Painting (2018). She also received the 2021 Anna Molka Award from the College of Art & Design. She experiments with different mediums in her practice. Working mainly with wool, she creates domestic scenes in her works. His paintings are mesmerizing, with their careful use of threads of different colors.

She has exhibited her work at Ejaz Art Gallery, Mussawir Art Gallery, Taseer Art Gallery and Al-Hamra Arts Council in Lahore, as well as Sanat Initiative in Karachi, and participated in the Art Festival of Islamabad at the Pakistan National Council of Arts.

As for Tahir, he believes in creating art that is physically beautiful and emotionally compelling. “Pure creativity will come through me if I allow it and open myself to its flow,” he explains.

“I discovered that in me, conscious thought and forced ideas often hinder my creative process, and therefore, I eliminated them as much as possible in the development of my methods, while trying to maintain a clear mind, concentrated and natural.”

This process now leads him to believe that his authentic subconscious seeps into his work. “I feel the paintings and subjects are chosen at a transcendental level of consciousness, above the mind, and I allow myself to honor the absolute truth and honesty of their expression.”

His painting is not a means to an end, and therefore he is very careful to maintain a pleasant and natural process. “I am struck by the beauty infused in many surrealist works. I try to allow my paintings to paint themselves without boundaries or themes. Her hope is still to be able to share deep joy and love through beauty in her current work. “I think it’s important to make paintings that speak of spiritual fulfillment and inspire wealth and value that cannot simply be bought or acquired with money or possessions.”

He believes that life can and should be a joyful experience, made even more so by sharing and caring. “I hope to one day communicate these elements with greater fusion in my paintings.” He says that all life is an expression of the universe. “When I paint, I participate in the process of such a beautiful performance. I try to allow it to flow through me like water, easily and effortlessly finding its natural course.

He feels that as an artist he has a uniquely privileged perspective, as he not only takes joy through the act of creation, but also joy in observing its unfolding. He often learns a lot more about himself by looking at the final painting.

“In the same way that the seed pushes a blade of grass through the hard ground and the mountains color in a display of enthusiastic creation and life, I know that the energy contained in each seed is also within me. “

He says his art and painting may be just a drop of water, but each drop of water contains the same constituents as the whole ocean, so in his eyes, creating is an act imbued with divinity. “I also changed my practice in other subtle and meaningful ways. I used to work mostly with found images, but now I spend a lot of time doing my subjects before sketching them, then painting them .

So, he goes on to explain, the creative moment was immediate in the past, but now it can last for days, weeks or even months.

Tahir hails from Lahore and has based his practice in the historic city. He graduated from the prestigious National College of Arts, where he studied fine art under the most respected and talented artists.

Interested in drawing, painting and experimentation, he is fascinated by humans, nature, the shapes and spaces that surround him. His current work is an extension of his practice of observation and imagination.

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