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.

I was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and began my visual art learning from Rawalpindi Arts Council. I came to Australia in late 2006. Being a self-taught artist, I have been working on papercutting since 2008. Throughout the year I have been exhibiting my work in many well-known galleries around the world. I have received awards and recognitions throughout the years.

To rejuvenate the ancient tradition of paper cutting, I add elements from Islamic traditions to my own style. My style of papercutting is very unique and different from the traditional cuttings. One must see my original artwork, in order to understand what I create.

I am a full time artist and works from my own studio in Kwinana, WA.

During my stay in Kuwait (1995 – 2000) I worked with Kufuma (Kuwait Furniture Manufacturing Company). On the Amiri Diwan Project, we furnished furniture for more than 3000 rooms. My role was to assist the project manager. I was also involved in a similar role with projects like Bayan Palace Phase 2, Bayan Palace Tent Project, Liberation Tower, MPW Headquarters building etc. I then worked in Lazurde Gold and Jewellery ( 2002 – 2003 ) company as 3D CAD/CAM trainer/designer and trained around 30 jewellery designers in the use of JewelCad. Adams Gold company ( 2002 – 2004)  in Cyprus were my next employer as a 3D jewellery designer where I designed jewellery with the help of Rhino 3D Plus Matrix and JewelCAD Ver. 5. I then worked for Nina Jewellery ( 2006 – 2008)  in Australia with a very similar role designing jewellery. Since then, I have started my own IT Consultancy called EshalSoft developing solutions for a large range of companies.

Awards

2018
Pakistan Association of Western Australia
Achievement Award
Western Australia
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
Islamic Museum of Australia
Melbourne, Australia
2018
Labyrinth Path Art Gallery
Medina, Western Australia
Inaugurated by the Carol Adams - Mayor City of Kwinana
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

July 2018
Rockingham Arts Centre - Kent Street
Perth, Australia
July 2018
Manning Library and South Perth Library
Perth, Australia
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
Pakistan Association of Western Australia
Achievement Award
Western Australia
2018
Rockingham Arts Council
Winner of Open Category Award
Rockingham, WA