Abdul Salam Khan ditches the brush in his new body of abstract art

Colour splashed in style and spread with a knife, evolving into an icon of impressionism, is what defines Abdul Salam Khan's recent exhibition of abstract artwork at New Delhi's Triveni Kala Sangam. With bold use of colours minus the ‘academic torch', his paintings appear to be more of an illusion. Once the dots are connected, they exude beauty and depth in sync with their texture.

“After one has gained maturity with the brush, he can experiment with other tools and I feel at ease with the knife. I have only used acrylic colours and a knife for creating this textured effect,” says Khan explaining the choice of the medium.

The paintings appear to be patches of random colours in close range but present perspective and thought when looked at from a distance. “In my paintings one can find distinct elements of surrealism without the loss its realistic appeal. I have portrayed the formation of trees, hills and rivers in an individualistic style. My work is more about giving a shape to the shapeless. All of it is based on nature, my sole inspiration. The chemistry of colours in these textural paintings can only be appreciated when it blends in the spectator's eye,” says Khan. Starting with symbolic paintings and human figures, the works mostly depict the ironies of love, struggle, life and women.

Further experimenting in pen sketching and patchwork, Khan has made a mark in the field. His landscapes have received their fair amount of glory in the form of National Art Camp, Gwalior, in 2006 and the State Youth Award For Creative Painting in 2007.