Raja Changez Sultan

Opening Reception: January 18, 2018
Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tanzara Gallery, Islamabad
Exhibition continues until 1, February 2018. (Mon - Sat | 11:30 am - 7:00 pm)

Tanzara Gallery is pleased to present once again the paintings of Raja Changez Sultan. An internationally renowned painter and poet, in addition to his series of the Divided Self and the Himalayan Odyssey, this exhibition also features his latest series, the Wood Nymphs – based on  spirit-like figures in a Himalayan landscape setting.

The Himalayan Odyssey: is a symphony of towering snow-capped peaks, of morning mist and overshadowed dells. It is a path illuminated by the reflections of sunlight on the snow and filtering through the deep crevices between towering peaks of the Himalayas. It embodies a passion of unfathomable intensity. The dazzling display of colors and light form an integral part in its overall compositional quality. All the landscape elements of spatial perspective and studies of the foreground and receding background are brought into a single forceful depiction.

Divided Self: His women are soft and supple, with voluptuous bodies and pale skin. But there is something eerie about their countenance, something which makes the viewer pause and contemplate on their somberness and their solemnity. The palette is more subdued, the figures are subtler in their disposition and moods, and his pictures appear to take shape from within the canvas, sculpted onto the surface of the work. Created by adding and subtracting thin layers of paint, there is an inherent unity in his work that springs from his own solitary disposition.

Over the years, his work has retained its originality and his paintings stand out for their subject matter as well as the techniques employed. as such his work is easily recognizable in any setting.