Painstaking paper cutting artist holds Medina exhibition

Parmelia artist Tusif Ahmad.
Parmelia artist Tusif Ahmad.

USING creativity to spread peace and love, Parmelia artist Tusif Ahmad painstakingly cuts intricate designs out of paper to capture that sentiment.

He will be holding an exhibition of his works at The Labyrinth Path Art Gallery, Medina.

Mr Ahmad explained why he chose the medium of paper cutting and how support from his wife, Mohbeen Tusif had greatly helped him achieve his artistic vision.

“I came to Australia 10 years ago and I noticed that it is not popular in WA let alone Australia,” he said.

“I thought why not introduce a new medium – depicting Islamic art with paper cutting.

“It will be a new thing for people here.

“The technique I use is unique in the world and my art pieces reflect the Quran.

“One piece is about the Qadr – Chapter 97 and it describes how the Quran came down from heaven with angels coming in the night time from the sky to the earth – butterflies represent the angels and there are birds bringing food to the children (people of the earth).

“There is sunflower at the bottom of the piece that represents the sun with the branches representing the sun’s rays.

“Mohbeen helps a lot – without her help I wouldn’t be able to arrange this show – she is a big support.”

Mrs Tusif said she enjoys the work.

“I help with the cutting – I’m not an artist but when he started doing hard work with one or two pieces finishing at two or 3am I would help and that way I learnt how to do it,” she said.

“I enjoy and love it – I still work until midnight – I enjoy it a lot.”

Mr Ahmad uses knives in which he said he often needs to think ‘a few steps ahead’ to ensure the highest quality of excellence and design.

“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,” he said.

“The patience required for this kind of artwork is phenomenal and is something not everyone has.

“The simplicity, flexibility and the strength of paper allow 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.”

To view more of his work visit Paper Cutting Artwork.

WHAT: Intricate Paper Cutting Artwork Exhibition

WHEN: September 22 -30 at 2pm

WHERE: The Labyrinth Path Art Gallery, 14 Seabrook Way, Medina.