Painter Javed Jalil's paintings are currently being displayed at the capital's Edge gallery. The gallery opened its doors for physical viewing as well. From the first week of October, attendees can see the paintings at the gallery.
Art aficionados can visit the gallery in person- where proper hygiene precautions have been taken in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Ink and oil are something that always thrills me …but other dry mediums excite me as well," Javed Jalil told The Business Standard about his camaraderie with art. "I use various materials as a stimulus and regenerate them according to the demand of various modes and temperaments."
"I always try to create an unpredictable fusion of elements according to the urge and necessity that awakens within me," he added.
Five of Javed Jalil's paintings are displayed at the Edge Gallery. The paintings are part of an exhibition titled "Art in the time of Coronavirus." The group exhibition will be formally inaugurated in 2021.
The Business Standard picks five artworks by Javed Jalil from the exhibition. Each of the selected artworks tells a different and intriguing story.
1. The Helpless Absurdity
The painting is about a man carrying a little boy, within a red nail spiked circle. The man and the little boy are looking at a spectator, who is seemingly not interested in them. The dark black line in the painting resembles a distant bridge of time. There are other characters in the painting, reflecting hallucination of thoughts. The artist described the painting as: strange atmospheric resonance of smoky light and dark, where real and unreal is a projection of a helpless time.
2. Caged Fear
In this painting, a man is trapped inside a heptagon frame. His body is a silhouette of yearning. He is contemplating an unseen world with his own shadow. The painter called this man "a victim and the author of a new destiny." A skeletal hand dominates the canvas and the hand represents an archaic fallen person who finds ways to coexist in the dark world. All the shapes in this painting create a network of unfathomable conspiracy, the painter said.
3. Red Exposure
The living or non-living character of the painting exposes the internal ghost. The human portrait restricted by a strange confinement witnesses the situation with the sunflower of bliss. The painting features a scene of contradictory energies, fleeting exchanges into a realm of expressive mindfulness. With its intricate anatomy, the figure grasps by a red thread.
4. Plethora of contraries
This painting depicts a pair of lovers yielding to each other's intimacy into a state of solace. Their surrounding radiates vibrations of light and darkness. The abstract painting depicts a path, orchestrated with a frame of a melancholic quintessence. "Characters from the everyday street is fathomed by uncertainty," the painter described this artwork.
5. Soaring Redemption
In the painting, a human body is surged beyond dimension. "A voluptuous gesture, a dangerous call to rise above and beyond," the artist said about this painting. The painting captures earthly melding of pleasure and pain heightened into cosmic proportions. "The entity yearns for a state of salvation within the stretch of the red momentum," the painter said.