August 1 - September 3, 2020
“Painting for me is like composing a symphony,” says Mohammad Ali Bhatti. “Color, textures, forms and shapes are my instruments of creativity.” Mohammad’s latest series of paintings is deeply inspired by mysticism and the connections between divinity and mankind in the modern world. He draws on the energy around him in creating his paintings, making intuitive responses to the variable sounds, melodies, rhythms, and textures in the classical music he listens to while painting. “I believe that the creative process is an intuitive and spontaneous activity,” Mohammad explains. “I approach the canvas with an idea, a concept, or a theme that inspires me to begin with random marks and shapes.” His abstract paintings strive to blend sound and the seen world by creating an interplay of small and large shapes, multiple layering of contrasting colors, and the appearance and disappearance of abstract elements that float in neutral space.
This series of paintings reveals an inseparable connection between shapes and colors, guiding the viewer around each whole painting. Contrasting layers are applied with a bold brush creating multiple forms and vague references (ambiguous symbols, calligraphic forms, numbers) suggesting contemporary conflict, confusion, and the chaotic condition of the world. Complexity of design occurs spontaneously and intuitively in the painting process; layering, overlapping, and juxtaposing forms, signs, and symbols into an interplay of movement and energy. “My ultimate goal,” Mohammad concludes, “is to offer the viewer a creation that captures the attention and expands the imagination.” In addition to his recent works, Mohammad will also be displaying some of his portraits, watercolors, and Southwestern paintings.
Dr. Mohammad Ali Bhatti is an accomplished contemporary expressionist painter, who concentrates on themes that are inspired by the mysticism, people, and current social issues around him. Born and raised in Pakistan, he attended local art institutions in his native country at an early age; subsequently, he travelled to the United States and earned an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University, Athens, in 1998. In his early career, he was inclined toward figurative art and became a competent portrait artist. Gradually, his fascination with contemporary abstract expressionism led to inspiration by mysticism, fantasy, and current socio-political conditions. For the last 30 years, he has painted and exhibited around the world with 35 solo exhibitions. His work is unique and is collected world-wide.
The visual interest in his paintings is heightened by multiple layers of acrylic, oil, resins, spray paint, randomly torn magazine and book pages, design patterns, and calligraphic elements which help him to create rich imagery. He utilizes intense vibrant colors applied in bold strokes which enable him to generate an exciting character to his canvases. Mohammad’s art is a synthesis of his aesthetic sensibility and metaphysical versatility, a powerful expression of pride and vitality. This combination becomes a vehicle which allows him to explore interplay of exotic forms and shapes with freedom. His distinctive style, combination of subject matter, bold comparisons, and intense color is instantly recognizable; collectors throughout the United States as well as abroad value and prize his work. Mohammad lives in Houston, Texas and is associated with the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, AO5 Gallery in Austin, and artist-owned Archway Gallery in Houston. He currently teaches a variety of art classes, using a combination of demonstration and hands-on instruction, and has a large committed following of students.
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