Impressionism art by Shukoor is well known in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and even America.
Shukoor is known as one of the Afghan masters of the post-Taliban generation. He is famous for his technique of using a knife to change the texture of his paintings.
His style shows through in all his art, and is simply breathtaking. Impressionism art by Shukoor touches the soul as he portrays the beauty of Afghan culture.
Abdul Shukoor Khesrawi, most well known simply as Shukoor, is one of the top impressionistic fine art painters in Afghanistan. He is the Afghan "Monet."
He is intensely dedicated to his art. He works in perilous conditions, knowing that there are those fundamentalists who would like to kill him for his work. He works even though he is physically disabled due to osteomyelitis in his right hip.
Impressionism art by Shukoor has been shown at numerous exhibitions all over Central Asia and in the United States. He is currently living and painting in Kabul, and is known as one of the top master artists in Afghanistan.
His use of the pallet knife on oils is his most well-known trademark, and sets him apart from the other artists. Impressionism art by Shukoor is a valuable investment for connoseurs of fine art.
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It was fun to meet Mr. Shukoor and hear him talk about his own art. While he speaks some English, and I speak some Dari, here is what I understood from him:"The artist must dedicate and sacrifice his life to the art."
SHUKOOR'S STYLE AND TECHNIQUES
Style: Realism, Impressionism, Calligraphy (Farsi/Arabic)
Mediums: Oil, Watercolor, Pencil, Pen, Chalk, Pastels
Technique: Use of the pallet knife on oils
Specialty: Landscape, Nature, Reflections of Afghan History, Different ethnic groups, portrayal of historic Afghan heroes, portraits
BIOGRAPHY OF SHUKOOR'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Recognized as on of the top artists by the Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan
- More than 1000 paintings as of 2008
- 2002 to now: More than twenty exhibitions in Kabul
- 1999-2001: Two exhibitions held in the United States
- 1997: July - Held a solo exhibition at the World Institution on Disability (Oakland, CA)
- 1997: Exhibition in Germany
- 1996: Recipient of "Honorable Mention" Award from the Schoharie County Arts Council, July 11, 1996
- 1996: Exhibition at the Mossrehab 11th International Juried Exhibition for Artists with Physical Disabilities, Philadelphia, PA (April 27, 1996)
- 1996: Held a sole exhibition at the University of Davis in California (April 13/14)
- 1993-1996: Ten exhibitions in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad, Pakistan
Interview with Shukoor
Recently, we caught up with Shukoor Khesravi and was able to find out more about the history of art in Afghanistan.
What makes a master artist?
An Ustad (or Master artist) is that person who has good activity - he is painting regularly. He has his own style characterizing his paintings. He puts on regular exhibitions. He should also know about fine art, about styles, and about colors.
Then he has to present strong and good paintings. During the learning, it should be acceptable to give criticism to the artist. He should never say to himself he is complete and has learned it all. We have a Dari idiom “Zegarat gahwara ta ghor danesh amoz" "From baby to grave you have to learn."
What do you do that is new?
My knife style is new, and while I use it in a new way, it is still a copy of impressionism art. Some techniques are from me, but when I see impressionism art, I get their colors, their composition, and use their style. When I work I do not copy from them. Cezanne, VanGogh, and Monet all used the knife on their art.
What would you like the world to know about Afghan art?
It would be good to have master artists teaching other styles but only realism and impressionism art is taught in Afghanistan.
Why does this not change?
Here students learn the classical realism. After that, impressionism. When I started, I learn realism and then cubism.
Students have to learn the basics first. Picasso drew, drew, drew, and finally said, "Why should I make so carefully nose, eyes?"
So he begin to just paint the expression of ideas. Picasso was not seeing the face of the portrait, he wanted to see inside the human, to show the inside faces the heart.
What do you want to tell the world?
Now the situation in Afghanistan is that most of our artists are not here. They are refugees in other countries. My older brother is a refugee in France. He received first position in art among a fifty-country competition!
If Afghanistan becomes peaceful, Afghans are talented, and may be better [in art] than other countries.
There are many problems here - the security, the condition of Afghanistan. It is important that artists should put out paintings for sale. If artists want to have a good financial condition, they need to put good prices on their art.
What is a unique painting you have made?
I drew a face of human with one side bare and other side beard. It is political comedy. The fighting is not with a gun, but to show with art and to show reality through paintings.
Who did you study under?
Before I went to Kabul University, I studied at the Russian Cultural center, the one still bombed out by de-Mazong. I have also studied under Niazi, Naksbandi (now in Australia), but most of my learning was through the Russian Cultural Center with a Russian Master, Vladimir Zabolot.
How many Impressionist art paintings do you sell each month?
I sell 10-15 at the ISAF bazaar. I like it better working on my own [not with an NGO]. We just need our liberty, we don’t want to go inside of a compound where we have to follow their rules. We are ready to work, to teach, to learn good ways. Artists never want some political positions nor any government chair, we just need peace and security.
Where is the last place you worked?
For long time I was the assistant director at the National Gallery of Art [of Afghanistan], but I didn't' have liberty, I was always under government instruction, and didn't have time for painting. I had to work so much - I was even offered to become the director, but I declined. Since then I have been just painting.
How many paintings of yours at the National Gallery?
I donated ten to twelve of my paintings. They are mostly works in impressionism art.
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