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Art Techniques are states of mind


Art Techniques have been recording the journey of this world since time immemorial. Mediums and styles are unique for each artist, their control on their tools and processes to represent themselves is what makes their visual language unique. The decisions made before and during the execution of an artwork defines the possible paths the work can take. The decision also determines whether the visual will have a certain path and how far can the artist push the existing possibilities to discover a method that was hidden or it can be entirely new.


The ability of an artist to create a visual that interprets a phenomenon, exhibits their state of mind, builds a narrative and delivers a sensation of any magnitude is a challenge. It requires command, connection and knowledge. In the simplest term, Art Techniques are personalized systems invented by the artist. The steps involved express their ideas and emotions. These systems can be formulas, mechanisms and strategies developed over a passage of time or it can be a spontaneous approach towards the subject matter under investigation.


Art Techniques and the Expressionist Theory


The fundamental question of ‘What is Art?’ can perhaps never be truly answered. It does not have defining features, structures or conditions; it is neither a noun, an adjective or an adverb. As Tolstoy states that the joy of experiencing beauty is a significant factor when making Art, this implies that Art Techniques are subjective as Beauty is subjective.


Expressionist theory focuses on the process rather than the conclusion. It emphasizes on the Art Techniques rather than the final artwork and it has defined the majority of studio practices after the theory came into light. Art Techniques have become more important. The collector, critic or curator looks beyond the visual in an attempt to connect to the thought behind its origin.



Tahira Noreen, Scribble I, Wasli on paper
Tahira Noreen, Scribble I, Wasli on paper


Art Techniques As Archives


Art Techniques have multi dimensional contexts. Where the techniques are primarily created and polished by the individual artist, their connection to human history can not be subsided. Each artist observes and learns from many timelines, dating back to Upper Paleolithic paintings. Therefore it can be said that Art Techniques not only narrate the story of an artist but they narrate the collective journey of our species. They act as archives of our inventions.


Art Techniques - Then and Now



Jovita Alvares, Transient 3, Art technique - Print in blacklit frame
Jovita Alvares, Transient 3, Print in blacklit frame


Continuous expansion in human knowledge catalyzed by revolutions has propelled us out of the pigmented shapes and patterns found on the ceilings of Cueva De Las Manos into the digital age. All happening in a matter of centuries, living on a planet that is 4.5 billion years of age - that is relatively fast and quite dramatic. Stone seals, hieroglyphs and pottery have been an integral part of the communication, trading and education systems of ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Mesopotamian, Indus and Chinese Dynasties. Groups of Artists, revolutionary centers of Art such as the Andy Warhol Foundation and art schools over the years have played a major role in promoting the old mediums. These include painting, drawing, sculpting, crafting and printing. They have also introduced experimentation in Art such as the digital mediums, augmented reality, installations and works that engage sound and voice.


The elements such as the lines, shapes, forms and gradients have also transformed, their definition has changed. Many artists have explored the idea of being formless and inventing new philosophies that do not abide by these elements. The visuals today do not necessarily follow principles such as symmetry and harmony. The modern techniques are discovering chaos and asymmetrical movements in visuals. These techniques are usually born from new as well as old tools and mediums.


Art Techniques in Zaaman’s Exhibitions and Collection


Art is never static and we understand that. We tend to believe that new palettes, textures and techniques are paving the future and old techniques are equally significant and exquisite. Our First exhibition ‘12:00 a.m.’ bridged the modern with the classical, the artworks were peculiar yet familiar. The curation of the first show set the tone for our future shows and Collection. Whereas the shows are meticulously curated, the collection is an assortment of art techniques like a box of candies in which every expression is justfuly represented. The prints and collages are created from traditional hand cut paper and printing press as well as the digital tools. The paintings of still life, portraits and landscapes carry their own charm. Abstract walks the fine line between a disaster and a miracle whereas figures highlight the contemporary application of traditional mediums.


From something as simple and complex as drawing, to incredible prints encased in light boxes, Zaaman Art strives to bring out the techniques that are unique in their own right. Each technique tells a story that is enchanting and makes you wonder.


Whether this is your first time meeting us or you have made our acquaintance previously, we want you to know that our Zaamans are working hard to bring out the best. Visit our gallery to catch on what’s new in the market.


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