While driving past a house, the elongated fresh branches swaying in the wind brushed against my car’s window. The pristine green branches and its rich tonal textures were conspicuous and awe inspiring. It arrested my eye provoking me to reverse my car back and capture this enticing nature’s art piece.
I take inspiration from nature when I paint; photographs are just a replica and point of reference of all the nature forms that leave me spellbound at first sight of observation. If time and security factors had not restricted me, I would have certainly started painting on the spot. The images capture my moment of inspiration and I am able to produce the same feeling when I paint,which I had when I first observed nature’s alluring forms.
The title ‘Mi Raqsam” is given because after completing a series of 26 paintings in 2006, this was the last I painted and by this time my journey of rigorous artwork and after observing the composition, colors in the nature had overwhelmed me with HIS Creation, and my soul was in raks (dance), enchanted by the Nature’s beauty. The intricate details and information the branches have from the rhythm in the leaves to color variation, the background textures create an inexplicable feeling.
Paying tribute to The Great Creator puts the admirer’s soul in dance which purifies him. Hence the name MI RAQSAM, explains it all about this painting.
The Banyan tree follows a pattern of successful life i.e. to live for others. This portrait conveys the same message showing that Banyan tree grows not alone but also some other trees and plants seem to be growing with it. This portrays beautifully the message that life is not to be lived for oneself but also for others. A man’s life has more reason to live than just to live his own life for his ownself.
Tree roots leave a deep impression on me for their profoundness and old traditions where burr is supposed to be the abode of earth goddess.
A human face and figure is depicted whose body is covered by leaves of money plant.
On the left side of the painting there is a tree making a form as if spelling out Allah.
This work reflects my connection with nature. Environmental and social concerns are also part of my work and are especially pertinent in these days of ecological crisis.
In this complex painting of roots, I have portrayed face of a woman studded in between spiky roots emphasizing on the fact that woman has always been a target of social attitude and society but still survives with her innocence and chastity.
This portrait of Banyan tree, possessing a heart and producing fresh leaves from the new heartily roots of the tree, demystifies an aging human figure, showing its light brown skin while gray color shows its maturity.
This tree is a time Spam clocks, its symbol of origin, strength and energy portraying the various forms and phases of roots of tree. I have tried to explain that like the old roots of tree, elders who are in the last phase of their life are of paramount significance and value. They guide us on the right track leading us out of the labyrinths of life.
They should not be frustrated and nagging. They are like old trees that provide shelter, beauty, and freshness to our society and environment. Leaves along with the heart shaped red color fruits also give a beautiful composition to the tree on canvas.
Colors form integral part of life, each color having its significance, playing its own part in beautifying and maintaining balanced rhythm in universe. Every color has a special message that needs to be deciphered. Shades of pink show love and softness whereas white color is a sacred symbol of mysticism and grace while everlasting yellow represents positive approach from life.
This world is based on a rhythm that can never be disbalanced until the Creator wants it to be. In this painting, I have portrayed rhythm of colors blended in flowers to explain/demystify enigma of colors.
Banyan tree reveals many stories. A figure similar to a mummy’s can be craved out by a close look. Many other female figures are indicated. In white space, you can see a mystical bearded man.
This painting covers the era of the pharaoh. The bearded man indicates the Prophet Moses. The mummy of that pharaoh is present even now as the (Iberat ka nishan) for the world to see. For pharaohs there must be a Moses for them. Life ultimately ends at recognition and identification of Allah. This identification is accomplished only by sacrificing our ego for the sake of the love for the human beings.