Saif Osmani is an interdisciplinary creative practitioner specialising in the fine arts and architectural design. Influenced by his time working in the architecture field, his abstract expressionist paintings portray a social realism that reflect cultural shifts resulting from human migration and changes in the built environment. He has held group and solo exhibitions across the UK, Europe and in Asia.
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Dhikr - painting the heartbeat of Sufism
‘When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music’ - Rumi
Dhikr is the rhythmic repetition in remembrance of the Creator.
This body of new paintings examines the line between faith and musical expression. The artworks question corporeal representation, what is permissible in hermeneutic theory and ask whether there is a space for the unseen and indefinable.
By researching the likes of Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Shamsuddin Muhammad Hafiz and Amir Khusrow, Saif traces the communality and increasing separation of Islamic teaching from popular Sufi poetry, songs and artistic discourse.
The artist says: ‘science is discovering that the heart also holds memories, and the heart is where the Sufis start from’.
A special Open Evening will accompany the exhibition ‘Dhikr’ on Wednesday 16th August 2017, 18:30hrs
Tickets are £7 with concessions at £5.
Book tickets via: www.sufibarbicanlibrary.eventbrite.com
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* Exhibition extended until
6th September *
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'Waller's Heart' (acrylic on canvas)