|Over the past twenty years, the internationally acclaimed artist Farrukh Shahab has developed a compelling and complex body of work. A contemporary artist who investigates the human form . His work has changed from being purely realistic and representative in his early years. It has now taken a perpetually evolving and increasingly fragmented form. It concentrates on the structures of the body and its movements using hard edges, a tightly controlled colour palette and linear forms. In stripping his subject matter down to its most basic elements Shahab succeeds in revealing the underlying nature of the human spirit. Through his use of bold forms, textures and colours, Shahab created a new formal language giving his work an intensity and power that few others have equaled. Many of the works in his new exhibition have to do with cultural identity. We see added ‘eastern’ elements such as beards, sufis and even his carefully controlled palette has now expanded and includes not just bright colours but patterns that have a local flavour. The exploration of the expressive, spiritual and conceptual potential of colour, line and shape was a central component of Shahab’s work. His previously pale blues are brighter and his pale golds have hints of green and red. These combine with the use of his signature elements– tight architectural compositions, straight lines and the Urdu alphabet to give the work a playfulness that adds to the richness of his canvas.|
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