ON VIEW THRU FEBRUARY 1, 2024: Expressive, energetic and bold abstract paintings by contemporary expressionist painter Mohammad Ali Bhatti, PhD concentrate on themes such as mysticism and socio-political issues. Bhatti begins a painting with a random mark, making ambiguous shapes to create a kind of rough structure. This process continues until connections between the smaller and larger shapes are made. Bhatti refers to this intuitive process as the “inward journey” of creativity.
Bhatti’s ultimate artistic goal is to offer the viewer something interesting – something visually complex that captures the attention and invites the viewer to take his/her own inward journey. “I strive for an aesthetic that encourages open-mindedness while harnessing positive energy and the power of imagination,” he says.
Born and raised in Pakistan, Bhatti attended local art institutions in his youth and subsequently traveled to the United States where he earned an MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University, Athens. For the last 35 years, he has painted and exhibited around the world, including 35 solo exhibitions.