Syed Shoaib Mahmood

SomoS Artist-in-Residence

01.04.2017   - 31.07.2017

Syed Shoaib Mahmood (India) works in mixed media and sculpture. Incorporating language and philosophical questions, his art works serve as visual metaphors for relationships between people.

Self-taught in art, Syed Shoaib Mahmood has attended a sculpture course at J.J.School Of Arts, Mumbai, India, 2015. In 2015 and 2016 he has participated in group exhibitions at Public Art Exhibit, Mumbai; The J.J. School Of Arts, Mumbai; and The Patna Art Fair, Patna. In 2016 his work was presented in a solo exhibition at The Kings & Queens Gallery, Mumbai. He has worked for two years as an Artist for The Kings & Queens Gallery, Bandra, Mumbai; and also worked for one year as design consultant at The Kings & Queens Studio. Mahmood has worked on several art commissions from art collectors in Mumbai and Delhi.

Syed Shoaib Mahmood
Syed Shoaib Mahmood: Tell me what heaven is like because I’m beginning to forget, oil on canvas, wood, 36x48x3″ / 91x122x7cm

Mahmood is interested in the philosophical aspects of beauty; its effects, paradoxes and ironies, because as, how Mahmood sees it, beauty has the ability to change and interrupt our lives and cause us to reflect, -it is ultimately provocative. Realizing that “if you stare at anything beautiful long enough it becomes ugly,” his aim is to examine its meaning beyond the surface and artifice. To him, the resistance that a piece creates is what makes it attractive.

Words make things very specific/ often dangerously so. The objects made are predicated on situations of love/ On displaying ignorance with innocence. The work is a route through dialectics and melancholy but rooted in neither/ Of viewing it as a medium in itself and respecting the eye as maybe not the most profound instrument, but the quickest/ That love is not a valley, it is not Autumn, it is not your car or the child you always wanted, it is like water and whatever will sink, will sink/ That it is safer somewhere else, perhaps where your faith lives/ And that is why one must drag it out of the reach of reason and place it into the hands of myth.

Syed Shoaib Mahmood, Artist’s Statement


As 2017 Artist-in-Residence at SomoS Art House, Mahmood presented his work centered around the themes of beauty and attraction in the group exhibition Reflexive. February 13 – 23 2019, SomoS presents his solo exhibition of sculptural works A Short Trip from Disneyland to the Sublime.

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