Waqas Khan: The Breath of the compassionate (2012)
On the process, via islamicarts:
Waqas (Pakistan) works are one-single-tool-made meticulous surfaces intended for the eye of the viewer to be dancing endlessly on them, in the same way we sit silently and watch the world around us, gazing into the open wide sky full of stars or diving into the infinite depth of the ocean.
In order to draw the miniature traces and dots of ink that conform the works with the precision required, Waqas needs to hold his breath while drawing, and exhale after the ink is on the paper, sustaining that moment to celebrate pure and holy silence. This mind-numbing repetitive process, over and over during long non-stop hours of work, enables him to achieve works that evolve from simple dots into organic structures, patterns, contained space, volume and wonderfully refined mandala compositions, with a deceptive simplicity. The works do not look the same from different distances, this ambiguity is proposed by the artist as a playground for the mind.
Waqas only uses permanent ink, wasli paper and rotring pens as mediums to achieve his delicate and unique work. He does not use magnifying glasses or any kind of amplification lens to draw his paintings and he usually works during night time.