Amjad Ali Talpur’s artistic practice defies cursory, inattentive readings. Trained as a miniaturist, he inverts the very trope by staying true to scale but by creating a mosaic of small images in the form of actual, physical puzzles instead of reducing the scale of motifs within one monolithic image. This invites a relationship with his viewers, involving them in the questions of domestic, economic and social pressures that the artist engages with.
As Talpur states “… My work deals with the formal issues of making the possible views of the visuals. I enjoy the process of the work, randomness, playfulness and humor in my practice. This leads me to comment on the current situation of the society.”
Amjad Ali Talpur was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1979, and received his bachelor’s degree at the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2005. Recognized early in his career, he received considerable attention for his senior thesis solo show in 2005, and has been included widely in shows featuring contemporary miniatures like those at the Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore, in 2003; the French Embassy, Islamabad, in 2006; Nomad Art Gallery, Islamabad; Chawhandi Gallery, Karachi, in 2007; Aicon Gallery, New York, in 2008; and a solo exhibition at Canvas Gallery, Karachi, in 2008, amongst others.
The artist teaches at the Centre of Excellence in Art and Design (MUET), Jamshoro, and lives and works in Hyderabad, Pakistan.