The illustrations of Ahad Mahmood are tinged with science fiction — each a hint of the visualized unknown. In Mahmood’s portraits the islands of color echo landmass, body as mysterious landscape.
Throughout his work the colors unfold as galaxian haze, warping into figures of delicate beauty. The color plays like oil, slick and saturated. It’s at the dip in the uncanny valley where we see these pieces as too perfect to be real oil paintings.
Mahmood’s art is rooted in traditional techniques but his tools are modern — his work rides on instinct, guided by a living pulse. Digital brushes have advanced to mimic even the most erratic and globulous of human brushstrokes rendering them absolute, yet Mahmood frees these tools from the crisp precision that only a computer can achieve and makes each stroke human again.
This is Mahmood’s thrust into the future where heart and hardware evolve, dissolve into the ever-moving stream of digital creative energy.