Khalid is one of Pakistan’s most respected artists, and a pioneer in neo-contemporary miniature painting.
Khalid’s work creates the optical illusion of depth and seductively entices the viewer in. Painting with vivid blue, blood red and camouflage greens, the hypnotising repetition of her style appears almost like digital generated imagery. But therein lies the mastery of the miniature technique. The work is mathematical and geometrical, yet it contains organic flow. Her geometry can be in the form of floor tiles, the patterns on the walls of Mughal architecture, the soft cascading folds of cloth or the cleans lines of
The subject matter and political nature of her work is influenced by her own personal experiences around gender, spirituality, and the encounter between two cultures (or more specifically between the East and the West). Islam and the ‘divine’ logic of geometry have also deeply inspired her work, used to explore contemporary issues around spirituality and faith.
This is a progression of some of Khalid’s work, up to her newest series “When I am Silent” (2014) series, currently exhibiting at Pao Galleries, Hong Kong.
For this exhibition Aisha Khalid has expanded on the theme of her earlier works, which dealt with concepts of spirituality and the divine. Khalid will be showing a series of six paintings in this show. Earlier the ‘Burqa’ or the ‘Veil’ in her work symbolised the curtain which conceals the divine and the invisible. Though in certain works, the veiled figure had also stood for the self. These veils had gaps or slits, which were like glimpses into the invisible. In this series she has gone a step further and has physically divided the works. These works are cut and slashed and appear like an exercise to negate the self or the ego. The tulip which had emerged in her work at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam has matured, and still stands tall but is prepared to temper the self.
1. The Container and the Contained
2. New Moon (2012)
3. The Container and the Contained II, III
4. When I am Silent (2014)
5. West Looks East, (2013)
6. Pattern to Follow (2010)
7-8. West Looks East, II (2013)
9. When I am Silent IIII (2014)
10. Larger Than Life (2012)