Abul Hisham

IN, 1987
  • resident
    • 2021 – 2022

Artist statement

My body of work explores the notions of desire, death and memory. These three points each have their own multi-layered profundity, and I’m interested in how they are intertwined with the social and cultural spaces in which I live – although I’m also concerned about the role of an artist as an observer in these spaces. The motivation for me is always evolving, from curiosities about socio-political cultural spaces to personal narratives, with cinema, pop culture, art history, mythology, and religion as reference points. And I enjoy the process of letting viewers decipher the many metaphors and symbols for themselves.

My interest in the existential finds expression in the medium of soft pastel, which I have been using over the last decade. The experience of working with powdered pigments is like sculpting from dust, keeping with the Christian and Islamic belief that humans were created from dust, and to which they return after death. Some of the pigments I use are made from mined minerals, themselves part of the terrestrial cycle of creation and transformation over millennia. Along with my investigations in two-dimensional space, I’m also currently exploring sculptural installations that address memories of inner space, and their potential connections to the idea of the Self.

Hisham_Abul_Ripples and waves (Dyptic), soft pastel on paper, 78 x 60 inches, 2020.jpg
Ripples and waves (Dyptic), 2020, soft pastel on paper, 78x60 inches

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  • Memorial I, 2021, metal, epoxy, clay, iron, stone, marble and eurofil casting powder on wood.jpg
    • Memorial 1 , mixed media installation, 2021
  • Portrait of a lawyer, 2022, mixed media on plywood, 50 x 34 cm.jpg
    • Portrait of a lawyer, 2022, mixed media on plywood, 50 x 34 cm
  • Elephant with a broken tusk, 2022, acrylic on plywood, rusted iron and engraving on steel plate, 51 x 40 x 2 cm.jpg
    • Elephant with a broken tusk, 2022, acrylic on plywood, rusted iron and engraving on steel plate, 51 x 40 x 2 cm
  • Untitled, 2021, mixed media on wood, 28 x 24 cm.jpg
    • Untitled, 2021, mixed media on wood, 28 x 24 cm
  • Scream, 2021, uerofil powder on acrylic coated gesmonite, 23 x 23 x 20 cm.jpg
    • Scream, 2021, uerofil powder on acrylic coated gesmonite, 23 x 23 x 20 cm
  • Hisham_Abul_Community fishing event, soft pastel on paper, 60 x 60 inches, 2020.jpg
    • Community fishing event, 2020, soft pastel on paper, 60x60 inches
  • Hisham_Abul_Ripples and waves (Dyptic), soft pastel on paper, 78 x 60 inches, 2020.jpg
    • Ripples and waves (Dyptic), 2020, soft pastel on paper, 78x60 inches
  • Hisham_Abul_Gulshan Man - Late Arrival, soft pastel on paper, 76 x 48 inches, 2018.jpg
    • Gulshan Man - Late Arrival, 2018, soft pastel on paper, 76x48 inches

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