On Wednesday 14th June 2017, we were delighted to hold the private view of our new solo exhibition, Sanctuary, featuring the work of artist Hormazd Narielwalla. We welcomed many art enthusiasts for this special event and I must say that the gallery was particularlybusy on that sunny evening. How exciting it was to speak to our guests, all eager to learn more about Hormazd Narielwalla’s intriguing and beautiful artworks.
Behind the colourful and incisive geometric patterns of Hormazd Narielwalla’s artwork lies a very interesting and reflective artistic process. The artist uses and revitalises tailoring patterns as unique paper collages. For Sanctuary, the artist predominantly used French antique sewing patterns as the starting point for each work. By cutting and collating coloured papers on these long forgotten tailoring patterns, the artist imbues them with vitality, transforming his art into a real meditation on the human condition and reinterpretation of the human form.
We had the pleasure of welcoming Hormazd Narielwalla to the private view, and he had an opportunity to speak to our assembled guests. After expressing his gratitude for the widespread support he has been receiving for the launch of his exhibition, Hormazd emphasised what were, to him, the spirit and goal of the exhibition.
Celebrating Summer, life, and beauty is the purpose of this exhibition. This was particularly apt for that evening, as we enjoyed the sunshine, stimulating conversation and the beautiful works on display. In Hormazd’s work, the natural world symbolises life and celebrates human creation. The notion of a garden is an infinite source of inspiration for the artist who sees it as a metaphor for society. The floral themes and magic forests recreated in the works of Sanctuary represent refuges from the chaos of our fast-paced lives, and open up possibilities for contemplation and reflection.
Sanctuary, just as each one of his exhibitions, also bears a personal meaning for Hormazd. Through his exhibitions, he creates what he calls “his own sanctuary.” His exhibitions are the reservoir of his own memories, where he can trace back his experiences and past journeys. As such, I was personally touched by Hormazd’s message and the conclusion of his words to the assembled guests: everyone needs to create his or her own sanctuary, where life can be celebrated.
Sanctuary will be running until 14th July.