‘FUSION 2009’ – an exhibition of paintings by Naureen Naqvi and Michael Anthonisz brings together different styles, cultures, personalities and perceptions.
Based in Pakistan, Naureen Naqvi has achieved much in the art scene, both in Pakistan and internationally. Having completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of Punjab with a First Class, she has been a lecturer and teacher in addition to constantly developing her talent. Naureen has participated in more than 50 group shows in and outside Lahore organized by the Punjab Artists Association. She has also exhibited in Sri Lanka, Holland and England; and her work is included in many public and private collections. Significant milestones in her career include solo exhibitions in Pakistan from 2000-2002, a group show of sketches in Holland in 1996 and a group show of artists from different countries at the National Art Gallery, Colombo in the years 2000, 2002 and 2004. She has also won many awards, including an Excellence Award in Art, a shield from the First Lady of Pakistan in 2002 and a poster competition on ONE UN among UN staff worldwide. She is currently working on her next solo exhibition of paintings on “Sufism” in mixed media, oil and pastels.
Naureen sees her work as the amalgamation of skill and perception, of a certain conception. She is greatly attracted to the historic and spiritual perspectives of art and the preservation of her cultural and architectural heritage and explores its various dimensions. Figures are a part, but not significant in her paintings; and she sees beyond them and treats humans, trees, buildings, words and colours as living beings. Naureen defines painting, not as a mere spread of colours on canvas, but a journey that should go on in order to keep the painter alive.
Michael Anthonisz is no stranger to the world of art, despite a long hiatus while sojourning in the corporate world. A multi-faceted personality, having also excelled as an accountant and swimming coach, Michael’s path in art has been a fascinating one. He first exhibited his paintings in 1979 in Colombo, and held two solo exhibitions of his work at the Alliance Francaise, Colombo and Kandy in 1990. Since then he has participated by invitation at numerous joint and commemorative exhibitions both in Sri Lanka and abroad, including Germany, France and New York. His paintings are also in private collections in Australia, Amsterdam, London, Paris and New York. Since his early retirement last year, Michael has been pursuing his art passionately and vigorously; and this exhibition heralds his return to the local art scene.
Michael’s early works were largely surrealistic in content and execution although he prefers to think of them as belonging to the visionary genre. Stemming from a life-long study and close observation of the movement of athletes – notably swimmers – his work invariably includes the human form, although he has also produced some very interesting portraits as well as abstract watercolour landscapes. He works in a variety of media, ranging from oils to watercolour, pastels, pen and ink and charcoal; and has also produced sculptures out of metal, stone, clay and “found objects”.
FUSION 2009 will be on at the Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3 from
12 – 22 February 2009.