At the exhibition smiling, alluring portraits of ordinary faces of young women reveal a new world of beauty but mostly in deep thought. Most of the paintings make contact with the viewers through their seductive eyes. The feminine beauty and strength both are discussed in his work. The feminine glow speaks of a desire for appreciation, admiration and love.
Mashkoor Raza is acclaimed for his non-representational and abstract/cubism styles which have become his inimitable signature. Mashkoor’s canvas at the fair portrays the brute force of horses and silent nude figures, which is his signature style. His boldly rendered horses and glamorous nudes in abstract has earned him an identity. With a blend of abstraction and cubist component, Mashkoor creates aesthetic transparent abstract compositions with a lively and exciting line work. No one has used such glowing colours in variegated harmonies like Mashkoor in Pakistan.
The paintings of R M Naeem at the fair shows his signature elements of work with textural beauty and colouration studded with symbolic images like water, mountain paper, boat, trees, poles and human figures inter related with each other telling a story of their own.
Asad Faruki’s artworks at the show exhibit a unique style of using portraits of women along with text. He uses Arabic and English text exploring polarities of western and eastern cultures. He well balances the bold colours, figure and text in his paintings.
Masud Hameed paintings depict a race between time and space. He creates spaces within spaces and tries to create a playful effect by introducing doors and windows and wide blue sky with white clouds floating giving space and in a way consuming space. The reflections in his paintings also cover the space yet create space.
Waseem Ahmed’s paintings at the festival as usual capture the images of human body that express the inner emotions of the humans and convey them on the canvas. His images reveal a relationship of absolute identity between material and immaterial, between good and evil, life and death. In our culture the gender issues create different sentiments regardless of the society in which a person stands.
The unique paintings and indigenous art are sought after by overseas and local visitors. Contemporary and innovative artworks represents our country at the fair captivates many people from around the world. The artists also have opportunity to mingle with other artists and exchange views thus help defining trends in contemporary art. Both emerging and mid-career artists are encouraged and helped in focusing on their respective traditional and contemporary concepts.
Melbourne festival is one of the most significant festivals in Australia since 1986. The fair displays world class artworks and collections rich with cultural and artistic value. Here leading contemporary art galleries present the most challenging, innovative and creative art of our time. The venue has a friendly ambience attracting a large number of people who appreciate and has interest in art.