Artist's Statement (Title: Heart and Soul, Website: http://www.ravingsart.com) My art is nothing but Lunatic's Ravings presented as visualized. The topic of the art is "Heart & Soul". I never attended any school of art. It was only at the 57th year of my life that my innate power, to conceive and express through brush, was developed as such of blessed revelations, on deep study of philosophy of Khudi"(high-born creation of man) by Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), Poet of The East. The real creativity always has a Ravings base. Also in my case it would be unjust to say simply "Ravings" rather it's "Lunatic's Ravings" but with extreme purity of mind--that commensurate soul's purity. Truly speaking its going with the unknown to unknown destiny leaving behind, in its entirety, the knowledge you have, to have the knowledge you don't have. However, when we come to "know" really we are bound to say we did not know, as our knowledge is a NULLITY before Reality. Such drowsing led me to many forms of matter undergoing alchemy through life, as the soul does, that could be utilized as allegoristic instances to place the results of such occurrences on canvas, for easy leap of minds to reach closest to the meanings thus expressed visually. A great creative artist is the one who is able to convey to the folks, what he felt. All my art is backed up with strong philosophical themes---I will never be painting "Untitled". My experiences, thirsts, complexes, yearnings, pains and uproars all attain their peak before they could move an enriching meaningful discovery. Truly speaking the real blessings were my starvations opening me the new windows of expression. The virtual treasures, blessed, vested and trusted in me remain pushing me for their outflow asking me to go on painting restlessly, that is why the first set of forty eight big portraits (website: http://www.ravingsart.com) were accomplished in a record time, only a hundred days. Now! These virtual treasures in me are making me believe that the time is very short and task, to cover, much more. I am under a continuous stress to double-up in transferring these ideas to canvas. There is no literal interpretation of thoughts; rather the pleasure of medium and the process of painting have transformed my palette into an image. While doing these paintings, I have seen images change, conflicts resolve, emotions settle, bitterness turn sweet. It has been a discovery, a transformation, like alchemy. The play of textures, chemistry of different materials and, in furtherance, such a great acceptance my art, in a very short time, have provided me an exciting challenge, a fascination to explore, to discover surface from surface, a desire to let go, to unlearn. It is an intriguing new journey. Due to the scarcity of funds it took 2 to 3 years to facilitate this out-flow. Stage arrived when my youngest son strongly urged me to let the in-flow expose, in any case. Crucially enough, in March 2002, small arrangements of the materials, with the help of a friend from America, were made to ease and start painting. While consolidating this artwork it was, once, thought that the detailed write-up should not be given with each painting but soon the mind was changed for the benefit of many. Since this all is a translation of philosophy of a great scholar, represented visually, it keeps ocean depth meanings. More in depth you dive, more the pearls falling to your lap. You have only to spare a little more of time and attention to benefit from these presents. However, one thing is certain, once you go through this art with zeal to fertilize your mind and soul you will feel thirst, a lot, to go through once again, as the philosophy worths.
Biography: Biography Mushtaq Noor opened his eye in a small agriculturist family of Punjab province of Pakistan. He was only three when his father died. Under very crucial circumstances, howevere, he strived and succeeded in achieving his Engineering degree with Distinctions. He preferred settingup his own business instead of Public Service. He was very successful in his business related endeavors. As of a business venture, during 90s, he firstly shifted his business to Tashkant and then to Central Russia in quest of still better outcomes......! Butt misfortunes come uninvited.......he was rendered penniless due to Bank-ruptcy at The Income Bank of Russia where he was maintaining all his business accounts. He can not forget the day of 13th September 1997, when starving for over three days, dejected a lot, when for a while, he went drowsy, someone asked him; Why not start poetry and painting (what he never did or thought in life) to kill time? His art is nothing but ravings presented as visualized. The topic of the art is Heart & Soul. He never attended any school of art. It was only at the 57th year of his life that his innate power, expression through brush, developed on deep study of philosophy of Khudi (high-born creation of man) by Dr. Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), Poet of The East. His drowsing led him to many forms of matter undergoing alchemy through life, as the soul does, that could be utilized as allegoristic instances to place the results of such occurrences on canvas, for easy leap of minds to reach closest to the meanings thus expressed visually. He says, "All praise and graciousness goes God Almighty who sends each soul labeling a unique level of intellect, blessing it with certain attributes and virtues, to play the role (assigned) through its life in this world. He Himself unveils these attributes at a stage He deems fit, purely as a pre-set/hidden agenda." He is of the firm belief that there is no wonder, skill or role, whatsoever, at the hands of the Artist to be praised. ============================================================ Exhibitions: 1) Moto Azabu Gallery, Toyama Japan......(2006). 2) Takaoka Museum, Toyama Japan..........(2006). ============================================================ Awards And Achievements: (A)Awards: (i) Golden Web Award 2003-2004 Link: http://www.goldenwebawards.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?search=http%3A//www.ravingsart.com&command=1 (ii) SpiderMag. Award Best site of the month award (Jan.2003) Spider Magazine (International). Pakistan's Biggest Internet Magazine. Link: http://www.spider.tm/jan2003/top5.shtml (B) Representations: (i)"Top 10 WORLD ARTISTS SHOW" 2003-2004 Link: http://artistsownregistry.com/10worldartists2.htm (ii) As Featured Artist: (a) 123 Soho Galleries. Link: http://www.123soho.com/artists/featured/f_artist_index_a.phtml?initial=N (b) Alchemy Gallery Australia. Link: http://www.alchemy.com.au (iii) As Elite Artist: Elite Artist Juried Show At ABS Gallery. Link: http://www.abs-gallery.com/artists/Noor/noor (C) International Tribute: (a) TavoosMag Quarterly, Shaman Iran Newsletter Jan.2003 Sec. "Other Events" Adds: Mushtaq Noor is a Pakistani artist who paints fantastic images inspired by the verses of Dr. Mohammad Iqbal-Lahuri (1877-1938). In his own words....(more) Link: http://www.TavoosMag.com/news/2003/jan/other/index.htm (b) Quasart Galleries Paris, France; Online Newsletter #1 Link: http://www.quasart.com/newexpo.html
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