Maqbool Ahmed is a master at sensitively portraying the personal struggles of women, by setting them amidst surreal, dream-like sequences which slice through their socio-cultural dilemmas, creating a clash of their dreams and aspirations with the reality of suppressed lives. Women characters are soft, feminine; lightly dressed and faceless forms show their vulnerability, yet these are women who are aware of their sensuality.
These paintings speak about the women’s dreams and desires, however there is a tinge of sadness as if the women are aware that these feelings are mere reflections in a mirror – portraying its unrealised or unacknowledged status.
The casually elegant faceless female characters make statements through their silence, engaging viewers in a dialogue. The women in these paintings are connected with each other in an unseen thread, a deep feeling which only they share.
Maqbool Ahmed has created a visual storyboard of female existentialism by capturing the emotional upheavals of women. Through brilliant use of colours, light and shade, Ahmed transforms the canvas to a translucent and transparent quality.
Soft feminine forms depict varied strains of female sensibilities and the existential struggles engulfing the lives of women. These are luminous, delicate pieces with a universal appeal. Each painting has a detailed composition harmonious to the reflections and refractions of the artist’s thoughts.
This is the first exhibition of Ahmed’s work in London.