Mohammad Ali Talpur is a leading contemporary minimalist artist in Pakistan. Following the example of minimalist/conceptual virtuosos, most notably Sol LeWitt, Talpur champions a return to the craft of drawing.
"Over the last few years, I have been exploring the notion of an art form without content. Initially, it comprised of lines freely drawn by hand both on paper and canvas. To me, the lines appeared as a kind of language that I associated with text. I called this body of work Leeka, which means a line in Sindhi. Drawn closely together, the series of lines often ended up suggesting organic forms, viewers quite often detect woven cloth, sand dunes or undulating landscape in my work. For me, the idea is not to represent a subject but to open up the possibility of contemplation both in the making of my work and of people viewing it." (Artist statement, _The Rising Tide: New Directions in Art from Pakistan 1990-2010, Karachi, 2010, p. 163)
Signature: signed and dated 'Mohammad Ali / 2007' (on the reverse)
Karachi, Canvas Gallery, Leeka, September 2007
Christie's Hong Kong, 25 November 2007, lot 743