Bukhara in famous watercolours
Bukhara is a unique city where craft has always been art. There were and are many remarkable artists here and each is working in its own style. Some prefer drawing large canvases, others try to imitate old masters’ work or capture perishing antiquity.
Artist Ulugbek Mukhamedov
One of the most interesting Bukhara artist is Ulugbek Mukhamedov. He discovered his own path and transfers his own vision of Bukhara, its local people and nature. He creates small watercolours, but they are very deep and make us to ask questions and seek answers on them.
Mukhamedov participated in many exhibitions in Uzbekistan and abroad also. Artists of France, USA, Russia and Switzerland know him and his art is highly valued abroad. Ulugbek try to comprehend the very essence and his polysemantic experience helps him to make it.
That is why his works is so depth and philosophy. “One image inside the other, almost like a dream within a dream – that is the core of his method”, says V. Zolottsev, organizer of his exhibition in New York.
“In watercolours I always try to show the spirit of my town and antiquity”, telling artist. He has found his own technique: watercolour on grain- textured paper soaked in black tea, which mimics antiquity wonderfully.
Mukhamedov has also used oak bark water that helps him to transfer the atmosphere. At first he soaks the sheet in tea and then paints the sky and air in broad brush strokes. At the end he outlines one or more human figures with light strokes – and the miniature acquires profundity of poetic and philosophical dimension.
Text and picture complement one another
He enjoys giving his miniatures a verbal commentary: interesting parables, famous quotations and his own experiences. It helps to understand the artist’s idea and to show relation of book miniature, where text and picture complement one another.