Artist Syed Iqbl-pc Nadim Iqbal

Syed Iqbal

Visual Artist-Graphic Artist-Cartoonist-Illustrator-Writer

Colors and shapes
inspire me...

My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues. In my work, I deconstruct the Canadian and Bengali  dream, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and lullabies that are part of our childhood and adult culture. Having engaged in subjects as diverse as the human rights movement, Jazz rock music,Rabindranath and Sufi song and modernist architecture, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces.


Often times these themes are combined into illustrations that feature mundane domestic objects painted blue, juxtaposed with whimsical objects, and often embellished with stenciled text. The color blue establishes a dream-like surreal quality, suggests notions of calmness and safety, and formally unifies the disparate objects in each illustration. The texts provide clues to content  and interpretation.


While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the painting works.


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