Finding Peace Through Madness – Art Exhibition by Sajida Asif
This collection of paintings was triggered by a recent experience of profound deafness and severe tinnitus, which led to the inability to hear any human voice. Unable to communicate with anyone and being trapped in my head, the only place I found peace was in the outdoors amongst nature. It was there, I found myself picking up a paintbrush after many years to create a place where I could escape the madness of the noise in my head and finally find some peace.
Sajida Asif is a Birmingham-born artist based in Moseley. After graduating with a Masters degree in Fine Art, Sajida held exhibitions of her work both locally and abroad, with previous exhibitions held in Amsterdam, Walsall New Art Gallery and more recently a six week solo exhibition in the Coach House Gallery, Birmingham. Sajida has carried out lots of commissioned projects with schools and other organisations. These projects have involved murals, fabric hangings and art, painted benches with the Big Read and most recently an outdoor public piece as part of Stechford Art Trail 2018. Sajida has worked with many different mediums and art forms.
Capturing colour is pivotal. It is always the colour I remember from my experiences of nature. Colour inspires. I strive to convey that sense of peace we can find in nature which is sometimes missing in our world. Through my artwork, I attempt to bring the outdoors inside, a place of peace we can enjoy and envisage ourselves in. Living with beautiful objects and buildings amongst the natural world, reminds us to reconnect with nature. The underlying subject matter is always finding peace, whether it is through a landscape painting or a surreal composition. I use acrylic paints on canvas to capture the excitement of the world through my perception of it.
4th July to 30th August
Geoff Williams –
Better Late Than Never
With my first pension cheque a distant memory, I thought the time right to launch my work on an unsuspecting public – hence BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, my first exhibition.
I have no formal art training, beyond GCE level, but a keen interest in all visual arts, including some experience working with ceramics and stained glass.
The exhibition comprises a selection of my non-representational art. I like to use acrylics, oils, oil pastels, glues, varnishes, cut outs, found materials such as newsprint and anything else that adds to the composition. Some pieces I would consider purely abstracted arrangements of colour and form; others are intended to communicate a specific idea or proposition that invites a response from the viewer.
I welcome all responses, good or bad, in the comments book provided.
26th November to 17th December
3 Of A Kind
This current series of paintings titled ‘ 3 of a kind’ originated from a book in my collection of what the Americans call ‘slot machines’. The interest is nostalgic, looking back, leisure and youth. The slot theme has been used by artists in the past, If you look at both American and English Pop Artists e.g Peter Phillip and Peter Blake you will find examples of this type of imagery. I have recycled some of their ideas in my own paintings.
My objective is to try and create the allure, glamour and temptation of the slot machine.
The series began with very small sketches which then developed into A4 sketches in acrylic on paper and finally works in oil on board. Some of the boards in this exhibition have been separated rearranged and reassembled.
As an artist
You can have a aims, however constraints of time, resources and environment can limit those objectives. At this time I am scanning my work and producing combinations of images that the audience can pick & mix.
I live in the Warley area of Birmingham and work for South and City College Birmingham as a lecturer at the Bournville campus. I teach adults with learning difficulties.
You can find my work on my website: www.markhightonart.co.uk