“The Closer You Come the More You Will See Him”
This digital mosaic rendering is based on an existing photo portrait of His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th Ismaili Imam. For graphic artist Akbar Kanji of Toronto, the concept is to “portray our Imam’s entire life and his dedications at a glance which we cannot imagine until we come closer to him.”
Says Akbar Kanji about his astonishing work, “This mosaic portrait was created with fifteen hundred different images of our beloved Hazar Imam from his birth to the celebration of his Golden Jubilee. The portrait has been made with passion and lots of artistic efforts such as collections of pictures from various sources, resizing, reshaping, color corrections, arrangements and proper placements.”
Akbar’s magnificent contribution is a work of labour and love, and Simerg is delighted that he is sharing this special portrait with readers of this Web site to mark the auspicious and happy occasion of Navroz, the Persian New Year.
We convey Navroz Mubarak to all our readers, and wish everyone happiness and success in all walks of life. The previous post, below, has two new poems and ginan explanation related to Navroz.
The digital portrait is Copyright, Akbar Kanji. Hi-resolution print in varying sizes (recommended is 36″ x 24″ or 48″ x 36″) which will include the artist’s original signature is available for purchase from the artist. Please write to him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the artist: Born in Bangladesh, Akbar Kanji moved to Pakistan where he pursued his childhood dream of becoming an artist by completing a Graphics Design Diploma at the Karachi School of Art. He continued his interest at other Fine Art, Performing Art and Visual Art institutes in Karachi and Toronto, and also trained under well known Pakistani artists including the late Ismaili artist Gulgee, Rabia Zubairi, Talat Hussein and others. He has served the Ismaili community’s Arts and Culture portfolio, and currently resides in Toronto where he works as a graphic designer.
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