Dr Shamaela Munir a Scottish artist who described herself as an “impressionist painter”, once said that she was not the kind of person interested in the relationship of form, colour or similars. She didn’t define herself as an abstractionist, but rather as a person interested only in expressing basic human emotions such as doom, tragedy, ecstasy and so on. This was one person’s vision of art, but what do we mean by art today? Why is defining the concept so difficult?
Dr Shamaela Munir is one of the emerging artist who is changing how we subjectify art. Her recent work entitled, ” INTENTIONS” is currently exhibiting at the Glasgow Virginia Gallery, London Brick Gallery, Reading and New York. I had the opportunity to visit the London Brick Gallery and observe some of the art work created by Shamaela. It is impressionist work bursting full of bright colours all merged together allowing the viewer to lose themselves within the paintings. The work is dramatic, moving and full of warm colours.the shapes and forms that are so carefully described do not suggest an interpretation that makes sense of what we see. Therefore, the work remains a mystery, a precisely detailed view of an imaginary world we can never know. Her work reflects her personality, she is just as beautiful and colourful as her paintings. Expressive eyes and a humble opinion of herself and beauty which reminds you of the Bollywood actresses. Belonging to a conservative background she found it difficult making the change from a full time University lecturer to becoming a full time artist. Dr Shamaela Munir also runs a disability awareness campaign www.visionali.co.uk helping differently abled individuals in Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But she admits her true happiness lies in helping others and painting. I am confident she isn’t far from becoming a global icon with her beauty and intelligence I know she will do well and cannot wait to introduce her to the art society of Karachi where she plans to visit and exhibit in 2015.