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Of colour, form and space

The ongoing art show by Rahim Mirza at the Daira Centre for Arts and Crafts gives a glimpse of the artist's sensitive and clever juxtaposing of colour, form and space.

Untitled, Acrylic on canvas

FOR AN artist, his art is his life, his tool to relay his needs and thoughts, to be connected to himself, articulate his sensibilities and, above all, an identity that keeps him alive. And, for the audience, art — even as a medium of communication — has a quality that transcends logic and rationale and yet provides that elusive joy unattainable in any other way.

If the audience who are introduced to abstract painting look at it without searching for meanings and messages, and just perceive the feel of the work and the quality it renders in terms of surpassing logic and reason, they would really enjoy it to the maximum. The practice of looking at art regularly would indeed enhance the pleasure of seeing and enjoying it.

As one completes a round across the exhibition of about 21 paintings by Rahim Mirza, titled "Talash: An Enquiry Into Art", it is difficult not to sense the sublime joy in the paintings. It feels as though one has just emerged out of a misty morning. A frosty feeling runs along the exhibition giving the onlooker an experience of a wintry morning, with the sunlight taken over by thick mist.

Rahim's work is a sensitive juxtaposing of colour, form and space, creating a subtle interplay of compositional and expressional expertise. Creating various layers of colour — transparent and translucent — pushed into the background by delicate organic forms that appear as leaves and fruits, it looks as if the paintings are stencilled in lovely colours of nature. His palette consists mainly of whites, grays and blues contrasting occasionally with fresh greens, yellows and oranges creating a very mystic, meditative and sensory effect.

Though the works are done in acrylics and are all untitled and broaden on to the abstract, there is this lurking feeling of looking at small segments of nature — of drifting autumn leaves and a calm void in the atmosphere. It is as if Rahim is sending some subtle vibrations and subtler notes of music through his works.

Rahim Mirza

Rahim had actually specialised in print making from Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, and associated with J. Swaminathan. Understanding the abstract that comes from living and working in Bhopal known for its renowned abstract artists, thirty two-year-old Rahim is a recipient of the National Scholarship given by the Government of India.

He has had one solo show at Crimson Gallery, Mumbai, and has been a part of several group shows in Cuba, Bhopal, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad. His works are a proud part of many government, public and private collections. A recipient of the Raza Award in Bhopal, the AIFACS award in Delhi and the M.P. State Award, he is an artist par excellence. Apart from many All-India level art exhibitions across the country, including the National Art Exhibitions he has participated in the International Print Biennial at Bharat Bhavan and the Tokyo International Mini Print Triennial, Japan.

The exhibition is on view at Daira Centre for Arts and Crafts between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. till November 30.


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