Art show: Satirical illustrations of daily life

Artist Muhammad Sulaman takes inspiration from surroundings in his latest paintings


Saadia Qamar April 16, 2017
Using the medium of gouache on wasli, artist Muhammad Sulaman satirical work is based on daily life. PHOTO: COURTESY ARTSCENE GALLERIES

KARACHI: Muhammad Sulaman has yet again explored his surroundings and has taken inspiration from daily life in his recent artworks, titled 'Comedy of Errors', which is currently on display at Artscene Galleries in Clifton.

"[My work] has evolved over the years, which is [usually inspired] from the daily experiences of life," the artist said, referring to his latest exhibition. Sulaman has done Bachelor's of Fine Arts in miniature paintings from National College of Arts in Lahore in 2015.

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According to Sulaman, he first experiences these things happening in his daily life and then paints them. PHOTO: COURTESY ARTSCENE GALLERIES According to Sulaman, he first experiences these things happening in his daily life and then paints them. PHOTO: COURTESY ARTSCENE GALLERIES

Using the medium of gouache on wasli, his satirical work is based on daily life. "Using the technique of miniature art for my contemporary work, I strike the imagery with a strong urge to yield and give my own two cents on daily life," Sulaman said. "From the holes in the socks to the torn shoes, all are greatly inspected. All this belong to the material world and these every day instances happen all the time."

According to Sulaman, he first experiences these things happening in his daily life and then paints them. "From cynical to perverse attitude towards life, these art pieces become a part of a person's memory, which are no longer dazed but too obvious to feel," he said.

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The artist gives a very direct appeal, just like the writer Ghulam Abbas gave to his writings, with vivid description and minute details. Sulaman himself compares his paintings to the work of Abbas's writing.

The latest work of Sulaman on display is a pun on daily existence that humans have with life, body and the clothes they wear. He is induced with his surroundings to such a great extent that he deals with all of this on the same note.

The exhibition is open at Artscene Galleries till April 17.

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