Artistic Experience including number of years studying and working:
Experience in Art education & practicing- Attended Jawahar Bal Bhavan Hyderabad, While in school 2rd class. Under the guidance of Shri T.Vaikuntan in painting section Hyderabad. Participated in art competitions while in School & collage in State, National, and International level and got many award for child & young won Awards and Certificates.
I Had joined art collage in 1994 to 2000 (B.F.A. painting) under the guidance Proof. Mrs. Kavita Desukar, Head of Painting Dept at J.N.U.T Collage of Fine arts, Hyderabad. 2000-2002 joined M.F.A. (painting/printmaking) under the guidance of Proof. Shri K.Laxman Goud, Head of Painting Dept. S.N.School, University of Hyderabad. Hyderabad.
About My Work- Basically Hyderabadi -Chronicles of Old City
Basically Hyderabadi at first glance, is a trip down memory lane for most of us who have lived in the city. The scenes and profiles are bound to evoke images of experiences that one has had in Hyderabad India. Quintessentially Hyderabadi, the paintings depict the leisurely pace of the old city, of women clad in burkhas strolling in an unhurried manner through bazaars, a group of bearded men clustered together and a charcoal sketch of an old fakir with a flowing beard. The artist, Syed Rayees Ahmed, has resorted to the cubis style, the provenance of renowned artist Pablo Picasso, for his paintings. Crisp geomet ric lines with bright colours bring out the colourful attire of the Hyderabadis beautifully. In sharp contrast to the gaiety in their attire, their expressions remain somber and unassuming, born of a simple and unquestioning faith in their way of life. This is a style that has been inspired by famous artist, Laxma Goud, whose artwork has similar flashes of colourful raiment in marked contrast with charcoal-grey pokerfaced expressions.
In keeping with the cubis style, the artist has tried to show inner qualities in portraits with the use of multiple well defined facets instead of a single frontal aspect. The paintings also show a stained glass effect similar to the Byzantine religious paintings, which the artist has adapted in a modern style with the use of religious icons that merge in with the forms depicted in the paintings.
The collection is a mixed one, with paintings and sketches done by the artist. The sketches which were done over a period, truly bring out the influence of the artist's mentor, Thota Vaikuntam. Done in a sculpturistic style, they have well defined two dimensional lines that somehow contrive to create a three dimensional effect.
However, what really brings out the skill of Rayees is that instead of attempting to replicate his mentor's style, he has borrowed specific traits from the styles of three different artists, that are best suited to the Hyderabadi scenario and has created a wonderful collection.
While Vaikuntam's strokes are thicker and bold, which works perfectly for the rustic settings that he portrays, Rayees has toned down his strokes to suit the frailty and delicate lines of Hyderabadi features. His sketches also bring into prominence the expression in the eyes of the veiled women. In short, the collection makes for an interesting viewing.
(Syed Rayees Ahmed)