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"I've always had a passion for art,"
said Mohammed, saying Art and Craft
were his favourite subjects at El Dorado
Secondary School. He remembered
doing paintings of flowers for his retiring
principal Hebe Millette many years ago.
But he said as soon as he has ever had
to sit an exam in anything, he started
to hate it: so he never pursued art aca-
demically, because he wanted to preserve
his enjoyment of it.
Years later, at work in BP, a colleague
saw him doodling with red and black
pens during a routine meeting. "You
had fun at that meeting, didn't you?"
asked the colleague. "Yes, I did,"
He dreamed then of having an exhi-
bition done all in red, white and black.
"It's reconnecting with what T&T
stands for....I am a Trini to the bone.
I am very passionate about my country.
I love my country. I love the energy and
vibe of the people. We have so much
talent and so much to offer this world
that is so untapped at the moment."
From doing personalised invitations
to events, to discovering the joys of Pho-
toshop and designing his own tattoos,
he taught himself several graphic and
photo-editing techniques. Mohammed
said he is very grateful to Dianne Hunt
(co-founder of Radical Designs, owner
of DH Gift stores and Dianne's Tea Shop)
who gave him his first big artistic break
to design male costumes for her section
in Island People. Mohammed designed
Carnival costumes for five years for
His work in the Life and Passion exhi-
bition shows use of expressive line, use
of flat planes of colour to symbolically
define various images, and a graphic
obsession with fine, often careful detail-
ing. One work shows a fascination with
intricate patternmaking, using the pho-
toshopped branches of trees, repeated
and overlapped, to form echoes of faces
and possibly spiritual or cryptic symbols
in what seems like a linear version of
a Rorschach test. Some pieces echo the
lines of a mas band player, others have
a more surface, decorative feel.
Mohammed has more than 32 pieces
in the show, all produced over a six-
month period. There are gemstones in
the pieces, such as crystals, bronze
mother-of-pearl, rubies or the 25-carat
gold infused in the paint of some works.
One piece includes textures built up by
use of curved koa leaves, overpainted.
The work includes acrylic on canvas,
watercolours and graphic works repro-
duced on silk. He has vectorised all of
the paintings so they can be used easily
as prints or scaled up to large sizes as
interior design accents for walls.
One series explores themes of love,
and souls trying to find each other
through time, he said. Other paintings
show an interest in religious and spiritual
subjects: a swirl of symbolic pilgrims at
Mecca; the temple by the sea; images
Red, for him, is the colour of passion,
the "bloodline of the people of T&T."
There's a lot of red in the art works.
Mohammed loves modern abstract
art, but finds a scarcity of this style
made by local artists---especially local
abstract art that is about our own culture
and rich history, he says.
He has simple advice for aspiring
artists thinking about having their very
first show: "Take the risk." Sometimes
in life, he believes things happen that
are beneficial for you, even if they are
not what you thought you wanted, he
He believes we need to free up our
preconceptions about what makes up
art. It can be any medium, he feels.
He says he's absolutely fine with peo-
ple seeing their own meanings in his art
works: "You see for yourself. Make your
What: Art exhibition by Fazad
Where: Art Society of T&T, corner
Jamaica Blvd & St Vincent Ave,
Federation Park, Port-of-Spain
When: Nov 26 -- Opening reception,
-- 5 pm daily. Contacts: 681-5232.
Fazad Mohammed's acrylic on canvas piece, Nectar of Life which forms
part of his exhibition at the T&T Art Society in Federation Park.
PHOTO COURTESY: FAZAD MOHAMMED
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