Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Charcoal Drawings of Raja Changez Sultan
Sultan appears to have encapsulated light and suggests that beyond the mountains one will discover the legendary Shangri-La. Women in these paintings are shown in a fusion of colours, with vague body contours and profiles.
Sultan, who started his career as a poet, effectively links the words and images that hold him in a thrall. The opening lines of his very first poem, which, in fact, inspired his paintings titled “The Divided Soul,” read as: “When you look in a mirror, do you see your image or an image of your image, or does your image see you, or, an image of you”.
Raja Changez Sultan extends the elusive imagery of the glowing artworks with a series in his charcoal pencil drawing where alluring forms create an enigmatic division between the real and the imagined. Under his obsessive fingers, figures emerge from charcoal sweeping across the paper.
“He is a painter and poet of the highest merit and competently combines the two lofty arts,” said Noshi Qadir from Tanzara.