Tusif Ahmad

The art of papercutting involves the artist cutting a whole painting from a single piece of paper resulting in a painstakingly intricate and fragile piece of art.

My interest in art began in my teenage years, when I started creating pieces of art doing pen and ink work. Mostly interested in creating landscapes and capturing and preserving the beauty of our world in my work at the time. Throughout my journey around the world, I have experienced and worked with artists of different skills, mindsets, and point of views which have given me a very diverse viewpoint and opinions which I then try to depict in my artwork.

My work represents peace, love, humanity and humility. Love is represented in many forms; whether it’s the love of a mother for her child, or the love between two partners or the love of god for his creations, Love is a recurring theme. Throughout my journey, I have seen and experienced different religions and cultures and hope to represent the common ground which is Love and Peace between those cultures in my artwork to play my part in the effort unite humanity.

My artwork, created using knives, is created very tastefully ensuring the highest quality and excellence of design. The process of papercutting is subtractive and therefore I have to think a few steps ahead. Even with planning, the work that is unveiled after cutting away the background or cutting out the design is a delightful and awe-inspiring surprise. The patience required for this kind of artwork is phenomenal and is something not everyone has. The simplicity, flexibility and the strength of paper allows me to transform the material into beautiful two dimensional art forms with a range of expression and that is when the craft of building and forming merges with the expression of ideas and beliefs.

Awards

2018
Rockingham Arts Council
Winner of Open Category Award
Rockingham, WA
2014
COSSACK ART AWARD
Highly Commended Art Award – City of Karratha
City of Karratha, WA

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
Perth, Australia
Inaugurated by the Stefano Carboni (CEO WA Art Gallery)
2017
COMSATS Art Gallery
Islamabad, Pakistan
Inaugurated by the Australian High Commissioner
2017
Kwinana Library
Kwinana, Australia
2015
Rosewood Hotel
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Inaugurated by the Australian High Commissioner
2013
Nomad Gallery
Islamabad, Pakistan
Inaugurated by the Australian High Commissioner
2013
Mountford Gallery
Pemberton, Australia
2012
Kulcha Art Gallery
Fremantle, Australia
2002
Omikron Gallery
Larnaca, Cyprus
2002
Sultan Art Gallery
Kuwait City, Kuwait
1987
Rawalpindi Arts Council
Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Group Exhibitions

2017
Rockingham Arts Council
Rockingham, Australia
2016
Muslim Life Style Show
London, United Kingdom
2014
Mandurah Art Awards
Mandurah, Australia
2014
Cossack Art Award
City of Karratha, Australia
2013
Mandurah Art Awards
Mandurah, Australia
2012
Mandurah Art Awards
Mandurah, Australia
2012
Gadfly Gallery
Perth, Australia
2006
Artisans Margaret River
Margaret River, Australia
2005
Hunderkada Art Council
Islamabad, Pakistan
2003
Omikron Gallery
Larnaca, Cyprus
2002
Lazurde Gold Jewelry Company
Saudi Arabia
2000
Islamabad Arts Council
Islamabad, Pakistan
1999
Sultan Gallery
Kuwait City, Kuwait

Workshops Photo Gallery

2017
COMSATS Art Gallery
Islamabad, Pakistan
2017
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA)
Perth, Australia
2017
South Perth Library
Perth, Australia
2017
Rockingham Art Council
Rockingham, Australia
2016
Kwinana Arts Council
Kwinana, Australia

Exhibitions Photo Gallery

COMSATS Arts Gallery
Islamabad, Pakistan
Rockingham Arts Council
Rockingham, WA, Australia
Darius Wells Centre
City of Kwinana, WA Australia
2016 - Abu Dhabi Art Hub
Abu Dhabi, UAE
2016 - Nomad Art Gallery
Islamabad, Pakistan

Awards Photo Gallery

2018
Rockingham Arts Council
Winner of Open Category Award
Rockingham, WA