The Middle East’s only gallery for Central Asian art, Andakulova Gallery, Dubai is hosting an exhibition ‘Kaleidoscope ‘of Uzbek artist Timur Akhmedov (June 08, 2023 – September 08, 2023). The carefully curated selection of artworks represents a fusion of traditional and contemporary aesthetics, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.
The exhibition is a collection of Timur Akhmedov’s unique new artworks, one of Uzbekistan’s most respected artists, never seen before by the public, being exhibited along with some of his past works.
Over the past decades, Timur Akhmedov to become one of Uzbekistan’s most respected artists, he had the chance to explore painting in all its forms. The work of Timur Akhmedov is moving from the most textured paintings, in which the pigment reveals the deception of the painted image, to graphic work, which has its strong point in simplicity and synthesis. Here the line dominates the composition.
However it is not only about technique: he also varies his subjects. His figurative works represent people wrapped in precious fabrics rendered in brushstrokes with clear influences from art history. In some works we can see a universe of figures reminiscent a dreamlike world not dissimilar to Chagall. Akhmedov has absorbed the lesson of his masters, and is able to give it back with a unique, personal language. The trained eye can see the emergence of an anatomy à la Modigliani, the richness of Klimt’s golden leaves, and the colour exuberance of the Nabis.
Timur Akhmedov was born in 1968 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. His father was a nuclear physicist with a second career as an architect, while his mother was a teacher. “I was born in the days of the Soviet Union. Uzbekistan was part of the Soviet Empire back then. Consequently, Socialist Realism and classical Russian art has always has a strong cultural influence over us. To this day I speak only Russian,” says the artist.
Akhmedov studied for four years in the painting department at the College of Art of Uzbekistan and furthered his education in the Department of Illustration at the Academy of Arts of Uzbekistan. As part of the group of artists operating during the 1980s and 1990s, Timur Akhmedov witnessed the development of contemporary art in Uzbekistan as we see it today. Akhmedov’s artworks have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Uzbekistan and internationally. His contributions to the contemporary art scene have garnered him recognition and acclaim within the international art community.
His first collective exhibition was held in 1987, followed in 1992 by ‘Myth Zone’, which he organized with a group of artist friends at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent. From there, he participated in a number of other shows including Standard Design in 1994 at the House of Cinematographers, and Kashmir in 1998 at the Museum of Applied Art.
In 2015, Akhmedov was part of a residency featuring six Uzbek artists organized by Andakulova Gallery (Dubai) at Abu Dhabi Art Hub, where they created original works on the theme of Inspired by the UAE and established connections with the local art scene. The month-long residency was part of the promotional initiative Central Asia Month by Andakulova Gallery.
Timur Ernst Akhmedov’s works reflect a unique artistic vision and demonstrate technical skill, innovation, and creativity. They often depict vibrant and expressive compositions. He combines elements of realism and abstraction, incorporating bold colors, dynamic brushwork, and rich textures into his pieces. Akhmedov’s work often explores themes of identity, culture, and social issues. Each artwork tells a unique story, inviting viewers to delve into the artist’s perspective and explore the depths of human emotion, social issues, cultural heritage, and the beauty of the natural world.
Andakulova Gallery, Dubai, is an art gallery whose objective is to promote Central Asia’s contemporary visual arts. It serves as a platform to exhibit and support emerging to mid-market contemporary artists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan (or the ‘Stans’), across a variety of media.
Founded by Natalya Andakulova, also among gallery goals is to cultivate a dialogue between Central Asia and the Middle East by re-introducing the art of the ‘Stans’ to the artistic hub of Dubai. The gallery does this by building academic and professional relationships between artists, writers, art specialists, and collectors.