February 22, 2020
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Owais Husain

The artist son of painter-in-exile M.F. Husain on his first exhibition in Mumbai in a decade

Owais Husain
Owais Husain

Your show is titled Three Worlds.

The three worlds are between the heart, the mind and the soul. The biggest wars that rage everyday are between our hearts and minds. They are the root cause for everything.

You move beyond one particular art form.

All my life I have used music, cinema, poetry, photography, sculpture to help me evolve as a painter. As I was exploring them, I felt they were no more slaves to my studio and should be brought into the public domain.

Was the ten-year gap a reflection period?

In a way, yes. I painted everyday. I explored the other art forms and also made three movies. I exhibited in different parts of the world.

A unique display of your poetry here....

I wanted the display room to be dark to give it the feel of an interior chamber portraying a sense of the unresolved. The idea behind the use of a torch to read the poems is to let you discover as much as you are inquisitive.

Tell us about the theme of your paintings on relationships.

It comes from the idea of tanhaa or being one amongst many; I use my images to map the idea of the ‘distance between’.

How were the Siberian tigers conceptualised for a sculpture?

They are beautiful, majestic, dangerous and at the same time fragile. I wanted to create a replica of what symbolises today’s world.

Which art form is the closest to your heart?

Music. It brings you closest to understanding the abstraction of the universe.

Did you ever experience moral policing for your art the way your father had to?

No, not that I know of.

What’s his view of your artistic endeavours?

He’s happy! He doesn’t say that to my face though and that’s a good thing!

What next?

Painting exhibitions, I am putting together my poetry book, working on a music opera.

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