Pakistani-American artist exhibits works
Islamabad: The Tanzara Art Gallery on Thursday held an exhibition titled “Being and Becoming” by Zaam Arif, a Pakistani-American contemporary artist residing and working in Houston, Texas, aimed at showcasing the hidden talent of the upcoming artist .
Noshi Qadir of Tanzara Gallery said the works in Zaam’s first solo exhibition titled “Being and Becoming” at the gallery were much more than a series of portraits. Each work was a deep exploration of the ontological existence of the human through societal systems.
Zaam confronts her with a penetrating interpretation of human nature, transforming it into a visceral reality. The 21 oil and canvas paintings on display explore much of the same ground.
Zaam expressed his understanding of the contemporary human condition as well as insights drawn from his study of classical literature and psychology through his paintings which were so charged with emotional resonance that they left an indelible mark on viewers, did he declare.
He explores the hardest truths and inner conflicts that plague us all, these days, using visual contrast in all his pieces, whether through color, its absence or the medium itself, to express himself. . Zaam is currently pursuing his BFA in design but was taught and apprenticed to his artist father for several years. His work has been published on many platforms. In 2021 his work was selected to be exhibited in the Malamegi Lab Award and received the Malamegi Lab Research Grant in Italy. The exhibition will continue until February 4.