Art exhibition: The Lusty Lover

Artist takes comic interpretation of how she imagines lust.

Momina Sibtain December 03, 2010

ISLAMABAD: With the perception and creation of art morphing and evolving on a daily basis, it is invigorating to see new ideas being brought to the table.

Each gallery has its own signature theme and tries to maintain and uphold its vision. Khaas has established itself as the most accepting art house for contemporary art. Housing modern fresh ideas is what Khaas thrives on; and yet again the owner Zishan (affectionately known as Mouse) has managed to give Islamabad a taste of something as fresh as mint.

Hadia Moiz’s latest collection of mixed media paintings became the scandalous new item to have this week. “The Lusty Lover” explores the inner sexuality dwelling inside each individual. The artist takes a comic interpretation of how she imagines lust in her own mind.

The Lahore-based artist graduated with a distinction from Hunar Kada and for the past five years has been exhibiting around Pakistan.

The Lusty Lover being her first solo show, Moiz comments on her inspiration, “One day I wondered what the lusty lover thought and how he/she interacted with the desired. I didn’t have anything specific in mind and took a very comic take on the subject.”

The collection includes exaggerated faces not defining or conforming to any specific gender. It seems as if the artist has made the lusty lover a universal character dwelling inside each of us. Asad Nawaz Khan debated where he could put the paintings if he bought them, “The work is lovely and very funny and I am genuinely intrigued. I am debating whether to place it in my office or my bar.”

Edgy, experimental material is coming up everyday but is not exhibited well because art market has yet to develop a desire for it.

The mixed media on wasli translated the artist’s thoughts very well. The concise size of the work gave it depth and the composition exuded colour and life like images. Being priced at a range of Rs25,000 - 35,000, Zishan of Khaas is hopeful that it will appeal to the artistic eyes of Islamabad. “For me it is not important to sell every piece that is exhibited. It’s about setting a trend and my vision is to bring in as many contemporary artists as possible,” expressed Zishan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2010.


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