Ali Asad Naqvi
Graphite, ink, copper leaf, variegated metal leaf on mount card
I have always been predisposed toward the technical side of art-making and it has influenced my work to a great degree. I work in several mediums and both traditional craft-making skills as well as contemporary techniques. My approach makes use of traditional arts and crafts in the contemporary setting and seeks to amalgamate traditional materials and skills with modern technologies like photography and computing and in the process, to find original expression.
Safha XXXXIII is a part of a series which explores tradition and modernity. Steam engine represents the materially advanced West, the motif and use of classic calligraphy symbolises Eastern spiritual forefronts, the alphabets themselves however don’t mean anything, other than just being an arrangement of alphabets based on traditional rules. Bringing together these two opposites, I intend to amalgam in one piece, both the worlds, e.g. a Church in a Mosque or vice versa.
Ali Asad Naqvi is a practicing artist in Lahore. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. He also holds a Diploma in Traditional Calligraphy & Turkish Illumination from the same institute.
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