One of Bahrain’s most exciting artists, Arthur D’Souza, talks about his revolutionary techniques ahead of his exhibition at the Bahrain Fort Museum this month
Time Out Bahrain staff
Brash colours, iconic backdrops and lonely figures characterise the latest work of Indian born Bahrain resident Arthur D’Souza, who uses a revolutionary photographic technique to isolate images, refine colours and create works of art that are entirely unique. If there is one show not to miss before the advent of summer sees the art world go into hiding, this is it. We caught up with Arthur D’Souza to discuss his approach and technique ahead of his show.
‘A photograph is the starting point for my art. I work with a variety of themes, but people and graffiti are the most consistent ones over the years. Every piece is a narrative that determines why I use a particular photograph or a combination of images. I construct or deconstruct as necessary to complete the picture.’
‘I need to break down in order to build. As I tear and layer paper I am creating my own reality extending the boundaries within the seemingly rigid parameters of a captured image. To me the destructive act of tearing paper is a precursor to an aesthetic end result. I finish a piece of art using two layers of glass, one between the papers and positive film and another on top. This skin creates a divide between the paper and the film, allowing each to retain their unique characteristics, while simultaneously acting as the glue that holds the final piece together.’
‘Positively Paper. I discovered my present technique purely by accident, and continue to experiment-mixing screen angles with paper textures, exposing under layers of paper, using a range of opacities in paper and introducing fabric with positive films of differing resolutions. I work with my hands with the belief I leave my mark on every piece.’
‘My art defines me as a person. I would like to think that I am aware of, and take an interest, in the world around me, and this is reflected in some of my present pieces. From simple portraits to social statements, I explore the dichotomy of success and failure, progress and decay that exists in everyday life, and in the process develop a sense of who I am through my art.’
Pieces of Me, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Information, will open at 7.30pm on June 13 at the Bahrain Fort Museum and will run until July 3. for more info about the exhibition, call 17 567 177. More information about the artist, visit www.arthurdsouza.com.
Rumble in the Jumble
The pioneering gallery Al Riwaq Art Space will be focusing on experimental works created by upcoming and emerging artists in Bahrain. With an exhibition entitled Jumble, 16 artists will each be showing a small selection of work with the aim of encouraging artistic experimentation and finding new solutions to artistic problems. Jumble is a mélange of concepts and mediums that emphasises the playfulness and creativity of Bahrain’s artistic talent. The exhibition, the last before the gallery shuts for the summer, will run from May 26 to June 30. For more info, call 17 717 441 or visit www.alriwaqartspace.com.