topology before beauty

Between and between, lyrical and meditative, the work of Nedim is visually intriguing

By: Deepa Pant

His new body of works provokes a never-ending inspiration to interpret the beauty of nature. An Iraqi-Dutch multi-disciplinary visual artist, Kufi is based in the Netherlands. Nedim's art spans many genres and includes a variety of subject matter. A multi-faceted artist, he is also a graphic designer and a film maker.

The game of life - modeling

To him art is exhilarating and of late, Nedim has been attempting to transcribe nature onto canvas. Kufi continues restlessly to test the expressive limits of his own art. Giving his own interpretation, of seasons, the exhibition marks Nedim's reflective journey on the myriad seasons of life.

The flourishing of female

His latest work is a joyful affirmation to the seasons which he displays with his vocabulary of muted colors. The pieces are painstakingly created from recycled materials such as flowers, leaves, twigs, jute and flecks of pigments , which add a dash of mystery to his tranquil canvases and play a key role in defining his work.

Nedim’s art has rhythm and balance. It is so enchanting that you almost want to recite Robert Frost. The glorious winter wind, the glimmer of the moon, the rustling sound of pallid yellow leaves in autumn, or the beauty of a crisp sunny day, his art has it all. It offers a renewed hope. While commenting on his show, Kufi says, “I am like a small curious child running on a windy day with a kite in my hand, moving in whatever direction of vanishing point it takes me.”

“I am intrigued by the myriad shades and endless beauty of nature. To me the seasons are visible reminders of my life spent in solitude,” says Nedim. “My paintings are about my personal exploration. They are a dialogue between my past and present. Sometimes I ask myself, what the starting point in my life or art is.” “My work is a portrayal of the diverse moods of nature. Through the raw elements and my techniques, I want to create a world of my own, a world that is blissful, serene and joyful, just like the summer season.”

“The teacher is always ‘nature’; we are little students in art school,” says Nedim. He further says that by our visual thinking we can add positivity to our life. “I visualize my world through my tools and techniques and try to portray them in a simple manner and at the end of my artistic journey, my endeavor is to provoke the viewer,” states Nedim. He loves to experiment with art materials and creates his images in a wide variety of media each piece is carefully built up layer by layer, which lends a stunning intensity. Within each art work one can recognize a "recycled" element.