Omar Farid, with over 4 decades of experience in painting, excels both in pen and ink, and colors on paper to create psychedelic narratives, which are results of both his introspection and expression. Each painting is a testimony of his strength of imagination – the thought process, and its masterly execution through intricate, detailed, and well-balanced fusion resulting in powerful compositions. Omer creates images that make the viewers wonder what the idea behind them is. His work has subtle hidden layers that require one to think, rather than just see and move on.
This aspect of Omer’s work can very easily be understood by his own take on his painting, “8106-9108”. “The idea evolved while waiting my turn in a bank. I was tossing the bank token, when I noticed the numbers – suddenly it all came together; the bland smooth office furnishings, the bank employees, plastic smiles plastered on their faces, the token numbers, themselves, which brought to my notice the fact that numbers 1, 0 ,8 can be reversed yet retain their original identity, number 6 becomes 9 and vice versa, while numbers 2,3,4,7 cannot and do not lend themselves to change. The science-fiction image that you see in this painting is corporation plastic.”
To understand the depth of composition of Omar’s work, one must study each piece at length to discover the profusion of methods employed including pointillism, geometric abstraction, miniscule multiple lines, shapes and forms circles and squiggles. The inks on paper are densely patterned with shapes. In some of the artworks, Omar dramatically increases the scale of the work surface without losing the linear interest that he so skillfully employs. In all his work there is enormous activity and detail, whether it is the exquisitely delineated design of black and white images or the psychedelic colors of ink and acrylic pieces. RM Naeem, commenting on Farid’s work, said, “It is very close to life - intricately interwoven and entangled. As one cannot separate events and issues in life in isolation, similarly, his imagery is entwined and leads the eyes towards depth in his work”.
Omar Farid imaginations are hallucinatory; hence his works could best be described as ‘Halluginations’. He has the ability of visualizing very succinctly the entire composition of his painting down to the minutest details in hallucinatory techniques - with humans, objects, shapes, colours and abstract formations. These crystallized thoughts are transcribed with immense skill on paper. Interestingly, the themes are derived from the circumstances or events that have happened or are likely to occur – which involve each viewer in mysterious ways.