Ibraheem Ramay is an avid abstract and calligraphic painter who learned a great deal from his late father, the leading calligraphic painter, Haneef Ramay. Ibrahim used to keenly observe his father while he worked, and his father taught him about painting by letting him work on mixing colors, applying the first layer on the canvas, as well as about various treatments on the canvas.
While Ibrahim had also been experimenting with painting before his father’s demise, it was after this unfortunate event that he took it up as a fulltime activity.
Ibrahim’s paintings are a visual journey of the artist’s own temperament and a treatment of geometric rules and colors in an abstract way. The subjects in most of his paintings are limited to lines or bands of colors, weaving in and out among themselves to create absorbing compositions that are filled with pastel color.
The reason Ibrahim’s paintings are so captivating is because of the simplicity he paints with. Oftentimes, the color and forms appear to be reaching beyond the confines of the canvas, leading to an added layer of complexity to his work. This simplistic beauty is what creates an emotional and spiritual bond between the viewers and the paintings.
In his calligraphic paintings, traditional forms and movements are usually not observed. Knowing that Arabic script has the potential for developing a variety of ornamental forms, Ibraheem utilizes this liberty without using any formal script but giving definite aesthetic appeal to his calligraphic compositions. Most of the calligraphic paintings have legible inscriptions transmitting the text to the viewers. He has exploited the inherent possibilities of the Arabic script to create writing as ornament rather than enhancing their decorative backgrounds, in most of his work.
Ibraheem Ramay explores the relationship between lines, forms and colours, achieving a purity in his works, hence we are promoting and exhibiting his abstract art. We are confident that he would soon gain recognition and appreciation by an ever growing audience as there is vivacity through the autonomous, joyous movement of colours and forms.
Discussing his own work, Ibraheem Ramay said, “I do not like to follow any particular ‘formula’ but try to let my inspiration of the moment take over me and guide me through. That is the reason you do not see any one KHAT (font) dominating my calligraphy. Similarly my abstract paintings and color compositions do not have any pattern and there is a certain freedom whether it is the movement of line or the usage of color. However, motivation behind my work is to celebrate the gift from Allah passed on to me through my father. Therefore you may find one attribute common in my work; JOY”.