A treasure trove of miniature art presented by Abdukhakim Karimov
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
Tashkent`s AZIA Gallery is due to host “Phoenix” (From miniature to painting), a personal exhibition of a famous Uzbek miniature artist Abdukhakim Karimov, organized by the Fund Forum and AZIA Gallery. The opening will take place on 5 May.
Miniature artist Abdukhakim Karimov combines his miniature works with monument paining and easel painting. His knowledge of tricks and techniques in medieval miniature as well as academic painting helped shape his own unique creative style. As an artist, he uses methods of diverse techniques of fine art, which have been distinctive features of his creativity, rendering it unique and expressive. His themes range from classic eastern poetry (Navoi, Omar Khayyam, Nizami, Jami, etc.) to contemporary multifaceted philosophical topics. His works have demonstrated a synthesis of traditional origins and new means of artistic expression characteristic of modern miniature.
The exhibition, scheduled to open on 5 May, will offer an exceptional opportunity to see Karimov`s easel painting and miniature pieces. AZIA Gallery was opened in November 2007 during Style.uz Week at the initiative of Gulnara Karimova, the chairperson of the Fund Forum`s Board of Trustees.
A graduate of Benkov Art School and Uighur Art Institute, Karimov was born in 1965 in Tashkent. He is presently a member of the Creative Union of the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan, where he supervises miniature section. Since 2009, he has also been a member of IJOD Association of Artists, Art Critics and Craftsmen. He is a big fan of the outstanding artist Kamoliddin Bekzod and Chingiz Akhmarov as well as one of the best miniaturists of our time Makhmoud Farchayan of Pakistan.
One of the characteristic features of Karimov`s works is finesse, his ability to convey minute details of patterns and background. The figures of people and animals look flexible and expressive. His favourite motif featured repeatedly in his miniature compositions has been charkh, a symbol of eternal life. Equally interesting are Karimov`s experiments in introducing girikh, an ornament characteristic of Muslim art, to conventional pattern styles, which he has used as the background of his works.
Abdukhakim Karimov`s creativity exemplifies dynamic development of miniature art in the republic and a blend of tradition and modernity.
The exhibition will run until 15 June 2010.