Artist at heart & architect by profession, I have been residing in Bahrain since 1998.
Ever since I recall, I was always fond of doodling, sketching, drawing & painting. My teachers in school encouraged me & even introduced me to oils at a very early age. My tryst with water colors started when I joined Architecture College. Apart from these 2 mediums I keep dabbling with pastels, charcoal & pen & ink.
Nature has always been a major source of inspiration for me. However the architect in me is drawn towards the built environment around me - be it the architectural heritage or the modern urban fabric. Basically I am inspired by my surroundings. I am also inspired by the Impressionist artists & their use of colors.
Architectural influences are quite evident in most of my works irrespective of the location. I have produced a series of works featuring the heritage of Bahrain . Quite a few of the scenes feature the fascinating co- existence and juxtaposition of the traditional with the modern, the old & the new indicating the passage of time in the same view. Prints of some of my works were chosen for sale at The Bahrain National Museum Gift shop, by the Culture minister.
Since the last few years I have also been working on a series of” Urban Landscapes” which features buildings, street scenes, infrastructure, vehicles , traffic lights etc ( I guess it’s the architect in me exerting its influence ).Quite a few of my works are inspired by my visits to various places like London which is one of my favorite cities due to its wonderful mix of the modern with the traditional, or the wonderful architectural heritage of Czech republic( Prague & Cesky Krumlov) , Bremen etc. At work I do a lot of sketches to develop architectural designs, using sketch pens & markers in the process. This finds its way in my artworks also-whether the art works are on canvas with oils or on paper with water colors or soft pastels- the common thread in most of them is the use of sketch pens & markers & I guess an architect’s paintings will have a fair amount of detailing also!
One of my paintings,“ Rest at Piccadily”, featuring a scene from a visit to London when we ended up taking a rest at the fountain in Piccadily Circus, along with the rest of the tourists after a long walk has been chosen as one of the finalists for the ARTBOX PROJECT, New York to be shown at the Armoury week from 5th to 16th December.
1. Best Artist in school in 1972
2. Participated in various exhibitions including Annual exhibitions of Punjab Lalit Kala Academy while studying architecture in Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh.
3. First solo exhibition at AIFFACS Art Gallery in New Delhi in 1990.
4. In 1990, one of my paintings depicting the unity of all religions was selected for exhibition at the annual conference of “World Council for Religions” in San Francisco.
4. During my stay in London some of my paintings were part of the collection of some of the art galleries.
5. First solo exhibition in Bahrain at “Ideas Gallery” In Adliya in 1999 & a subsequent one in the same venue in 2002 mainly featuring Bahraini landscapes in water colors .
6. A solo exhibition of mixed works at “Lina’s café” in 2007.
7. A solo exhibition in “Alliance Francaise” in 2008 , mainly focused on the architectural heritage of the Island.
8. Participated in the Ahli Mall art festival, 2014.
9. Put up a one man show at the Souk gallery in Bab Al Bahrain from 30th Jan to 1st Feb.
10. Participated in group art exhibitions at “One Touch Gallery “, 2014,2015 & 2016.
11. Participated in Annual Art Exhibition of “Malja Art Gallery “ , in September ,2015.
12. Put up a solo exhibition @ “One Touch Gallery “, titled “Sporting lines,” featuring sports action from varied sports, in October, 2015.
13 Listed in the April edition of “Aesthetica magazine’s”, April edition.
13.Solo exhibition in Bahrain Financial Harbor, in August 2017.
14.Participated in the Art fairs in New York & Miami, in 2017 through Artifact Gallery, Manhattan.
15.Selected as one of the 10 finalists for the ARTBOX PROJECT, New York, for display at the Armoury Artweek ,March 6th to 15th.
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