Aqeel Javed got his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Punjab University, Lahore, in 2006. He has held 3 solo exhibitions and participated in 9 group shows in Lahore and Topi. Besides painting, he has also taken part in photographic exhibitions since 2003. Aqeel is also known as “Teetu”.
Aqeel Javed falls into the category of realistic painters. He is so passionate about his work that one can see the passion all over his artworks. Objects that are part of daily life are explored in his paintings with truthful and accurate depiction. Mostly, he portrays his own surroundings, the ordinary and unadorned objects, and brings to our attention the beauty that often is ignored in the life around, especially the physical settings and material conditions. When it comes to detailing and accuracy, Teetu has got an immense power in observing the seemingly insignificant details, intricacy, and colours. Because of this, most of his works achieve great depth and brilliance.
Teetu’s work is on a large scale depicting an artist’s ambiances. There are boards with several sketches and paintings on paper. The presence of objects in his artworks seems so three dimensional that the viewer actually gets lost in it, whether it is a sticking tape or a thumb tack, or a stack of books and papers.
Discussing his work, Teetu expressed poetically, “I am a man in this world of fake realities, in the world of humans, the humans with ‘poster’ like feelings, in the world where paper has the most dominating values, rather than the flesh”.
An old green door with a lock, a taped red kite, and a shelf of books; all of these are the artist’s subjects, and show the importance of old and used objects in the artist’s life. These are some examples of the kind of subjects the artist decides to paint. The way he chooses ordinary objects and turns them into refreshing pieces of art is a testament to the creativity of the artist. Teetu gives importance to those bits and pieces which are a part of everyone’s daily activities, but are not often highlighted.
Not everyone can paint such objects and environments with the level of detail that Teetu does. For him, it is the harmony of a realistic manner of painting with surrealist thoughts that comprises his art.
As the artist himself narrates, speaking of his work, “I don’t know about style, just wished to be called a painter, I have no specific palette, never known about my mood, all colours are mine, I am just a painter with modern ideas, having realistic manner, with surrealist thoughts.”