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Of This Earth

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Of This Earth

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Abdullah Khan

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2015

Acrylic on Canvas

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Dimensions: 175.3cm(H) x 106.7cm(W) x 2.5cm(D) / 69.0"(H) x 42.0"(W) x 1.0"(D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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A depiction of a larger than life tribal african mask in a cubist style. The idea revolves around the concept that we are all one, the red earth background signifying that we are all 'of this earth', and despite the colours on the mask, painted with the diversity of human skin tones, emphasising the point.

I wanted this painting to be multi-cultural, to represent the volatility and diversity of humankind, to celebrate it, yet as a reminder of our roots, which are all collectively bound together in a tapestry of life and history.

This painting's larger than life proportions adding something indescribable to the ambience. There is a certain primitive quality about it, imposing and projecting its presence into the room with power and mysterious knowledge.

It is a powerful image, no doubt, since faces are deeply ingrained into our minds with specialized areas since we were infants. The yellows of the nose and cheek are especially gratifying. There are also other colours: portrait pink, umbers and siennas.

It has since been exhibited in 2016 at the State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad, India.

Quality materials are used to ensure longevity: This painting should last for many decades if properly maintained.

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Hometown: Hyderabad

Lives and Works: Hyderabad

Abdullah Khan is a painter who's been creating for the past 3 years. His paintings may be described as cubist, conceptual, minimalist. His works are observations and experiments in human perception, vision and colour, and overcoming the challenges of depicting a 3d world on a flat surface using various themes, or concepts. His work was featured in the State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad, and has done 3 public exhibits. He continues to actively produce, and documents his work at instagram.com/abdullahkhan.art and pigmentartgallery.com

"Painting is a way of depiction, just as photographs are, but they differ in one crucial aspect: a camera freezes time and space into a fixed perspective, whereas the human optic system is constantly registering change. A camera with one eye does not see like two eyes and a brain. We see everything in focus, but we don't see it all at once; that's the point. We take time. Yet, if you ask the average person which looks more real, they would say the photograph, and I'm convinced it can't be true.

Cubism was an unfortunate name and it's a different way of looking and it's about reality and perception. In the art world, Cubism has been greatly misinterpreted as being about abstraction, which it's not. It's about perceiving the physical. Cubism is about how we see what we see.

This is the fundamental idea which drew me to start making paintings on canvas. Paintings, I believe, are able to represent reality close to how we perceive it, which is seeing with movement (space) and with memory (time)."

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