“I never went to art school or learnt ‘proper’ technique but I am linked with art in an inseparable way. I did study Creative Writing, which has gave me the eyes to read the world - to read people like poems, films like novels and paintings like plays. Every experience I live through life, if I have not seen it in a film or felt it in a painting, I do not know it ever existed. The visual arts are my keys to the world, as vital as any organ in my body”.
Hassan Vawda lives and breathes art; his exuberance for it takes him on investigations and journeys through several disciplines, including painting, poetry and film. As a young artist, he is very much on the move and in process, contemporary and vibrant and constantly absorbing the world around him. He is an artist walking through a forest of information where everything is interesting and can be used to make art.
In this exhibition we are showing paintings from various strands of Hassan’s creative thought process. There are the dense figurative portrayals, which are often a complex embroidery of cultural and emotional references. Beautiful and raw, they are acidly colourful as if lit with electricity.
The larger, brighter abstract paintings are highly patterned surfaces, rich with light, and wriggling with life and energy. These are originally based on organic structures, and seem to endlessly grow and spill over and off the canvas to continue onwards.
Within the body of the work there is a great sense of spiritual and intellectual freedom where everything is reinvented and experienced through the eyes and heart of the artist.
There will be an evening of poetry on 5th June at the gallery where Hassan will read his work. There will be guest poets and readers.