Thursday 15 March 2012

Read about Tasaduq Sohail's 'Untitled' (nude woman and man) (1982) @ The Noble Sage

'Untitled' (Nude woman and man) (1982) byTasaduq Sohail
Watercolour and ink on paper
6.5 x 8.5 inches

Here is a stunning little watercolour and ink on paper by the senior Pakistani artist Tasaduq Sohail. I love this work as these two figures are drawn so sensitively. We get a sense of their frail nature, of their shyness being naked. It is as if they have been stripped and forced to walk naked. The woman shyly covers her stomach with one arm and with the other attempts to cover up her genitalia. Her old eyes tell us of her fear. Is it fear of us or of her partner in the image, an old balding, bearded man with an uncontrollable erection and a wandering hand. He appears more at ease with his nudity but even he seems to look at us with eyes that tell of the inevitability of his lecherousness, like his lust is part of him that he cannot rid himself of, even if he wanted to. Sohail re-envisions Adam and Eve as a pair of OAPs, pathetic, frail, fearful and laid bare.

For more works byTasaduq Sohail, click here.

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