Artist: Hamida Madhani
Location: Georgia, USA
Profile: Hamida Madhani is a Georgia based contemporary artist, creative director and designer. Her fascination with art began at a very young age which led her to pursue her education in visual communication and digital art. Her art has been commissioned by collectors internationally and has been exhibited in galleries in the US.
Artist Statement: For me art is the mirror of a culture and its world view. It is not restricted to a particular medium. The focus of my art is to create magnificent and powerful images that express my soul while embodying the essence of my subject, to celebrate the beauty and richness of my cultural heritage and to the promote understanding and tolerance of Islam through the medium of art.
My art somehow seems to reflect my emotions and is inspired by something deep within me and from my experiences; from the impact of modern European art masters, to the celestial and terrestrial forms around me, to cultures of the exotic lands I have visited.
Although I work with various Medias, including, acrylics, ink, canvas and fabric I seem to be drawn towards the digital one much more than others. Somehow the digital media allows giving me greater spontaneity and flexibility going beyond the barriers of traditional media. As an artist I find compelling joy in participating in this unfolding paradigm.
It is not quite clear to me whether my artistic affinities or my computer-related work is most important to me. Sometimes, I cannot see any clear-cut boundary between them. I regard myself as an artist who has turned the computer screen into her canvas. For me digital art begins in the mind of the artist with a notion of synthesis, using all the software tools and the traditional processes together to make something that has not yet been imagined.
Theme: “Dizbad Jamatkhana – Frontispiece Modern Rendering”
Media: Digital using drafting and paint programs ( 48″ x 28″)
Inspiration: I was asked to graph the frontispiece of the Dizbad Jamatkhana in Iran to be displayed for the Golden Jubilee Didar Hall. The original Jamatkhana has a lot of calligraphy (see photo, above) but I was given the challenge to recreate the piece without using any of the calligraphy. The rendering shown below is the result of that challenge.
Dizbad Jamatkhana – Frontispiece Modern Rendering
Theme: “Mystical Dance”
Media: Mixed media painting on canvas (33″ x 24″)
Inspiration: This painting is inspired by the poetry of Mowlana Rumi “Let the beauty we love be what we do.”
Notes: The artwork was created for the AKF Partnership Walk 2010.
Theme: “Essence of Life”
Media: Digital painting on canvas (36″ x 36″)
Inspiration: The painting explores the complexity and intricacies of life. The vibrant colors symbolize the cosmic spectrum within which all life is sustained. It is hand sketched using pressure sensitive stylus which allowed me to apply varying levels of pressure as I painted directly on the screen using illustration and simulated natural media software.
Notes: This piece was created for the exhibition at various venues.
“Essence of Life”
Theme: The modern calligraphy reads “Mubarak”
Media: Mixed media painting, Acrylics and pigment ink, on canvas (32″ x 24 “)
Notes: This painting was commissioned for a private residence
Title: “The Majestic Horse”
Media: Mixed media on canvas (20″ x 22″)
Inspiration: I based the work on a photo I came across of His Highness the Aga Khan. I did this portrait because of my love for horses. It is part of my personal collection.
“The Majestic Horse”
Date art work posted on Simerg: January 12, 2011
Date updated: March 23, 2011 (adddition of Dizbad Jamatkhhana Frontispiece)
© Hamida Madhani
Hamida has exhibited her works as follows:
– Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Partnership Walk, Atlanta GA, 2003 – 2010
– Emory University Art Gala, 2010
– The High Museum of Art Atlanta, GA, 2009
– Georgia Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta GA, 2009
– Vila Costa Luci, Florida, 2008
– AKDN Exhibition, Expression of Love & Devotion, Atlanta GA, 2008
– AKDN Exhibition, Expression of Love & Devotion, Houston TX, 2007
– Focus Art Gala, San Diego CA, 2007
– Contemporary Art Gallery, NY, 2006
– Illuminations, Atlanta GA, 2002
To view more of her works please visit her Web site Hamida Madhani Studio
Please click Imam of the Time: “The Straight Path” or following image for another reading published recentlly on this Web site.
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