Saif Osmani is an interdisciplinary creative practitioner specialising in the fine arts and architectural design. Influenced by his time in the architecture field, his abstract expressionist paintings portray social issues and cultural shifts resulting from changes in the built environment. He has held group and solo exhibitions across the UK, Europe and in Asia.
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Dhikr - painting the heartbeat of Sufism
‘When I am silent, I fall into the place where everything is music’ - Rumi
Dhikr is the rhythmic repetition in remembrance of the Creator.
This body of new paintings examines the line between faith and musical expression. The artworks question corporeal representation, what is permissible in hermeneutic theory and ask whether there is a space for the unseen and indefinable.
By researching the likes of Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi, Shamsuddin Muhammad Hafiz and Amir Khusrow, Saif traces the communality and increasing separation of Islamic teaching from popular Sufi poetry, songs and artistic discourse.
The artist says: ‘science is discovering that the heart also holds memories, and the heart is where the Sufis start from’.
A special open evening accompanied the exhibition including live music, mixed-media readings and storytelling.
'Waller's Heart' (acrylic on canvas)