IMTISAL ZAFAR REVIEWS YOUNG ARTIST MOHSIN SHAIKH’S WORK FROM THIS YEAR’S NATIONAL COLLEGE OF ARTS THESIS DISPLAY
To say that NCA Lahore thesis this year was remarkable would be an understatement. Even a cursory tour through the historical institute gave one the idea that the standard of work created by the graduating batch this year has produced some excellent work, which was not also reflected well conceptualized ideas.
There is something for everyone. Of the artists that stood out for me most from the show is the young and talented Mohsin Shaikh. Displayed right in the beginning of the display, Mohsin’s work immediately captures the attention. Employing hyperrealism in his work, Mohsin recreated classroom black boards with tutorial writings in chalk and markers.
It is shocking when one realizes that the entire work has been done in ‘oil on.
It is truly amazing to see the detail of chalk he has achieved with oil paints, depicting over-writings, smears and smudges with extra ordinary detail. In his own words, Mohsin says, “I, as an artist, have created my paintings that deceive the viewer: what we see is not actually there because I believe that one must explore the hidden. No chalk but looks chalk, no dust but looks like dust, no marker, but looks like it, hence it’s not. I have executed the inner experience of my life- the way I dealt with people; the way I witnessed great, learned people contradicting your own statements; been through times when people take baths and don’t get wet; when sun is moon and moon is sun, fire is water and water is fire, basically denying logic because it’s always about ME, MY and MINE. Chalk fades away like the beliefs of the people fade away. My work is significantly based on the impositions peppered by society. Chalkboards depict the practical experience of my life and how I managed to keep all these thoughts on rest until my work is being executed. Following the heart, exploring the truth feeling of the heart, which I believe is the ultimate truth”.
THE NCA THESIS DISPLAY IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC TILL THE 22ND OF JANUARY, 2016
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