Hussain Chandio graduated with his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Sindh, in 1999. Since then, he has been creating visually stimulating pieces of art that have made the artist’s presence known in various group and solo exhibitions.
Hussain is known for the way he pulls the viewers into the scenes he paints. His takes inspiration from his surroundings, taking art lovers on not only a visual but also a cultural trip. The passion that he puts into the scenes he paints deeply involves the viewers into the art. Walking into an exhibition of Chandio’s work, the viewers feel the ‘happenings’ that the artist has shown in his works.
Talking about Chandio’s work, the assistant curator of gallery 6, Sana Shahid, says, “The most interesting aspect about Chandio’s work is the presence of movement in every scene. The scenes that he paints are not static; rather they all have people moving in them one way or the other. This is what draws the viewer deeper into the work rather than leaving the experience static and one dimensional. This unseen movement increases a feeling of curiosity and mystery in the painting that attracts the audience to keep looking at it and enjoy the traditional treat with vibrant colours. Chandio seems to have an extraordinary eye when it comes to observation, mastery on his technique, and a thorough understanding of his theme, to achieve spectacular results.”
What really distinguishes Chandio’s work from others of similar genres is how he views the scenes that he paints from infrequent angles. In many of his paintings, he sees a street scene from the eye of a bird, adding a layer of interest to his composition. Even though he takes a realistic approach in his paintings, these unusual angles add a sort of abstraction to his work.
Chandio’s medium of choice is acrylic paints. Instead of creating compositions that are clustered and visually full, he gives adequate breathing spaces in his works. It is creative decisions like this one that, when combined with his mastery of technique and his interesting compositions, make for visually stimulating paintings that are proof that the artist does not only paint with his hands, but his heart as well.