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
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Wonderful and charming. Keep it up.
Hamida, We look forward to welcoming you and your specially commissioned Art at the International Ginan Conference in London on 29-30th October 2011.
Hamida appa Ya Ali Madad , Mawla ap ko khush rakha (Amen)
Ya Ali Madad
What a wonderful job, congratulations for the fantastic art.
Keep it up
Thanks for sharing
You have done such a wonderful job, specially the one with Mawlana Hazar Imam and the horse. This is good and very creative work and it makes us happy to see passionate people like you.
I am really proud of what you are doing. I hope to see your collection one of these days when I am in Atlanta, Inshallah.
Ya Ali Madad, Hamida.
You are a truly gifted artist that has an amazing talent. Your work of art has inspired my son deeply.
Good job. Impressive colours in your expressive paintings. The Mystical Dance reminds me of a song called “Whirling Dervish” by the group Thin White Rope.
Each single piece of artwork is excellent. All the expressions are very touching and moving. Your feeling for colours and the combination of colours is fantastic.
Congratulations for the fantastic work you have done.
I am very impressed that my cousin is so talented. All the expressions are very touching and moving. I was very proud to share these arts at my company.
Great work, keep it up.
Thanks for sharing.
We have one of the most talented artists the world over I would add.
Great art work and brilliant talent – proud you are an Ismaili. Keep up the magnificent work!
Hamida, no words can describe the beauty of your arts. They are simply breathtaking. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us.
Magnificent & powerful.
It is a great pleasure to have a look at your art works. Each single piece of artwork is a miracle in itself. Your feeling for colours and the combination of colours is fantastic. I hope you will get a chance to present your art works in Germany.
Your art is captivating. There is something magical about it.
Hamida’s thoughts, creativity and most of all her impressive pieces of art have always been a great source of inspiration for me. I feel most fortunate to have her in my life and wish her every success in all her present and future endeavours.
Your art – how beautifully poetic. Peaceful and spiritually unplifting.
I wonder if you would be interested in painting for a poetry book?
May Allah bless you with communication of the word of Allah through work of art.
Hi great artist,
What a wonderful arts. We the friends from Germany are proud for you, Since you use to be in Deutschland long time ago, but we still count you as ours. Why don’t you exhibit your valuable arts in Germany. We all will help you to make this event a great success. Looking forward for ‘The Hamida Madhani’s art exhibition’ in Germany.
Mit liebe Gruße
Subtle artist and delicate work!!!
Hi Hamida. What can I say. Your work is heartwarming and beautiful. My heartiest congratulations. Keep up the good work.
Wonderful Hamida! Your artistic works have a very distinctive style and express something mystically intangible yet intimate – revealing tremendous love, beauty, and intelligence.
Salam, Hamida. It is a delight to see your hard work pay off. Your work is nice and the horse is beautiful.
Hamida, your work is beautiful! Bravo!
Hamida is obviously a very inspired and talented artist.
I am working on the possibility of creating paintings which reflect core messages or symbols in Ginans. Many ginans have these visual expressions and our artists should consider applying their talent to express what a ginan or a particular verse conveys to the artist.
I would be interested in Hamida’s own views on this project, and whether she would like to consider it.
Congratulations for the fantastic work you have done. We have a talented artist in our community.
Ce sont vraiment pieces d’arts fantastiques.