Shabnam Hussain

February 10 – 28, 2013


Formative Arts have always been the catalyst of Indian culture .Since Independence those arts have played a multi-faceted role in the social and cultural initiatives . The artistic endeavors of artists like Amita Chergail, Gamina Roy and Maqbol Hussein of the pre- Independence years had laid out the route for talented generations to come . Their efforts helped unleash new styles enriching the Indian art ang liberating it from the limitations posed by the miniature style that had dominated the Indian art repertoire for long .

To our good fortune we could enjoy and attest to the originality of works of art produced by newer generations such as Arpita Singh and others in a comprehensive exhibition recently organized by Kuwait’s National Council for the Arts and Culture . The Boushahri Gallery has also contributed to the introduction of modern Indian Art in a series of exhibitions over the last years . Artists like Subramanyan, Krishen Khann, Redha, Ram Kumar, Bhupen, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Baramjit Singh, Bawa and others were introduced in those exhibitions .

The overwhelming beauty of her formative designs is enthralling . The details encompassing her renderings on paper and canvas are diverse and involving in their thematic richness and formative ornamentations . The overall organic effect is a mélange of innate innocence, pure love and sheer optimism .

The major component of Shabnam’s visual experience could be traced back to the rich, diverse and old Indian heritage of fables and anecdotes.

The perceptive viewer’s residual of interacting with the artist’s endeavor wouldn’t be, we promise, less rich . Shabnam’s rather spontaneous performance yields itself to a reserved simplicity that corresponds with the innocent in each and every one of us .