Masood A Khan


Masood A Khan

Karachi
 
Masood A. Khan, a self-taught artist with a number of outstanding national and international shows dating back to the early 1990s, has a uniqueness of comprehension in his work. The distinguishing factor in his artworks, however, is the way in which he captures the dynamics of light and shade as if no physical barriers exist. Masood A. Khan seems to have a meticulous observation of both rural and urban life. A thorough understanding of these themes and a mastery in his techniques, are both vital in achieving the spectacular results that he does.
 
In his earlier works, the use of watercolors was seen heavily. The artist would create layers of watercolor washes and pair them with lines of ink and charcoal to create scenes that were multi-dimensional and spiritual. There is a feeling of tranquility in his work, while a feeling of something soothing happening in the visual also lurks behind the obvious.
 
Lately, the work of Masood A. Khan has taken a slight turn. From watercolors, the artist has moved to the use of acrylics. Now, the colors are more vibrant instead of the previously subdued tones, and there is a distinct change in the application of lines as they are more descriptive and intricate. But the artist hasn't strayed from the core concept of his paintings, which is to capture the atmosphere and character of a particular moment.  
 
While talking about his recent works, Masood A. Khan states:
 
“At each appearance I adopted a new vocabulary to paint the essence of truth with lines and layers. As transparency is the quintessence of naked reality, it remains constant on my surfaces. With a blend of feelings I express reality around through realism combined with modernism. In the remote recesses of my subconscious lies an effort to create a spiritual climate that touches the heart. I feel a new liberty when the beauty of every form is clear, visible and overlapping each other creating a multidimensional view. I don't need to distort the naturalistic forms as done in cubism or other isms of art. I have externalized my outrage at the hypocrisy-religious, social, economics-that cloaks and disguises our true intentions. In my works, I have peeled off, layer by layer, the fables that determine our lives-a world emphasizing the simplicity and joy of spiritual content versus the present contemporary situation with all its perils.”