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Of landscapes and fantasy

Of landscapes and fantasy
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Though the artist has come out with a series  of paintings on the majestic  mountains Ghazali Moinuddin, an art teacher, rarely travels to a hill stations. ‘It has been ages  since I have been to a hill station. All the 45 paintings have come through my imagination. Even when I am confined to a room surrounded by books and magazines, my mind transports me to a serene hill station where the beauty of Himalayas leaves me in a trance,’ says Moinuddin.

His work does not only serve solely as a means of expressing the painter’s admiration of nature but he also feels strongly that painting has a task of its own to accomplish in the service of imaginative life. The artist has developed a style which is in keeping with the thirst of mankind’s inner needs.

Here there is a greater and starker simplicity, which is expressive, natural seeming, and free from ornamental impedimenta of any kind. In this way the sociocultural function of painting is extended.

Instead of relying on the fortuitous, painting is given content by artistic values belonging to all time, and of a significance at the best of times.  Well it is in some such ways all good artists work.

The traditional realistic manner, based on observation of the changing appearances of nature, is felt to be inadequate. Means are thus sought to enhance the interpretation of the inspirational idea.

Distracting and superfluous accretions are mostly eliminated. The main themes, having thus been isolated and set free from all the accidental circumstances, are given a new environment in which ideal spatial dimensions replace those of the nature, facilely apparent to the unaided, naive eye. It is how a fresh pictorial convention develops whose chief characteristics are a twin-dimensional scheme of composition, a firm yet spontaneous seeming stylization of the forms of nature in depth, and a symbolic content.

His latest show titled Amwaz-E-Takhayyul (Waves of fantasy) will be on display in the Capital from the 18 January onwards.

WHEN: 18 January to 25 January, 11:00 am to 8 pm
WHERE: M.F Hussain Art Gallery, Jamia Millia University
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