P2 - Copeland Gallery
Ghafar's practice predominantly exists as paintings, but he intentionally pushes beyond the boundaries of conventional paintings and creates work as expanded paintings. This is a field of painting that was initiated by artists in 1970s who were focusing on the physical structure of the painting. In the same way, Ghafar examines the physical possibilities of paintings, often eluding elements of textiles and carpets.
Beeswax mixed titanium white creates white lines broken by an unseen pattern. The Linen canvas is dyed with lapis lazuli through a distemper method.
Inspired by a rug acquired in Iran, the centre piece spells a blessing in Kufic arabic. The cotton canvas extends beyond the painting and strengthens the rug like nature of the painting
Five seperate canvases brought together into a 3D sculptural piece. Illuminated with light from behind.
Father hold my hand
Two canvases stretched using one linen fabric. The title suggests each canvas embodies an individual characters
Homage to Trellis
A William Morris pattern, Trellis, painted. Top segment is the painting, where as the two other repeats are an ink jet printed canvas. Each are stuck in a long strip embodying a wallpaper aligning with the design subject.
Painting in Pursuit of Wallpaper
An emulation of a wallpaper, with the highlight centre piece being the painting.
Get Home Safe
This painting discards the stretcher bars and choses to exist as a textile piece suspended in the air.
"You Need to Cut You Hair, You Look Like A Girl"
Painting with ready made objects combined. Threads of cotton canvas hangs over the painting imitating hair. Beeswax encased flowers.