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An exhibition of paintings and a book reflecting an artist's creative journey

What is this project about?

"The Poetry of Being Woman" is an exhibition of paintings that has been in the making for over an year. My intention is to exhibit the paintings in March 2013 in London followed by Paris and Geneve, and publish a book of paintings illustrated by poems and stories, encapsulating the creative process behind it. 

Girl in sunflower field - the first of the collection, June 2011
Girl in sunflower field - the first of the collection, June 2011

What does my art convey?

The message of my art will be the celebration of feminine spirit. I capture the Poetry of being woman on everything I paint - be it Dance of Freedom, Pinnacle of Pulchritude, or the Oasis of life.

Dance of Freedom
Dance of Freedom

Each canvas brings to life the glorious characteristics of this special creation called woman - be it her strength and endurance, her courage and resilience, her caring and nurturing maternal instinct, her generosity, her compassion, her playfulness, her desirability, her capacity to love, her ability to infuse joy in everything with her magic touch, her ambition, her softness, her altruistic nature, her creativity and her purity. 

The inspiration behind "The Poetry of Being Woman"
The inspiration behind "The Poetry of Being Woman"

I would like to continue my tryst with canvas. Me and my colours - we will paint a story. A story that will capture the essence of woman, a story that will inspire generations of women to come. Because art is timeless, ageless & gender less! Let us raise a toast to "The Poetry of Being Woman!" 

What can you expect from this project ?   

This show will exhibit 20 paintings that portray The Poetry of Being Woman of which 12are already made and 8 large new pieces (Approx 90cm by 90cm dimension) will be created from now until March. Through these months, I will not only create the collection for the London exhibition in March, but also capture the magic of its creation in video and share with you art-lovers. The London show will be followed by exhibitions in Paris, Geneva and New York, subject to funding. An iPad app will be released immediately after project launch to keep the backers continuously apprised of the process, the growing excitement and a collective sense of creation. If funding exceeds target, post-exhibition, a book chronicling the creative journey will be published. Each painting illustrated by a poem or a story. "The Poetry of Being Woman" on very page, with every image. May I express gratitude for this break, the beginning of a new exciting ride!    

The Poetry of Being Woman - Collection
The Poetry of Being Woman - Collection

What goes into the rewards?  

The rewards are infused with ideas from across fields like fashion, textiles, geometry and design. They are redolent of mathematical mysteries (fractals and fibonacci sequences which unexpectedly surface in my paintings such as Motherhood) and craftsmanship, and carry my signature style. This is your unique opportunity to own a piece of the artist. Come taste a slice of glamour! Besides, the satisfaction of giving an ardent artist the creative freedom to soar will be priceless!   

Design inspirations
Design inspirations
Oasis of Life - scarf design
Oasis of Life - scarf design

Other priceless rewards for backers

Anyone who believes in the promise of an artist, and is a lover of creative freedom would love this intimate sojourn with an artist. Anyone who celebrates women in their lives, and notices the rouge in their blush would enjoy this poetic portrayal of women in resplendent hues. Anyone who wishes to connect with their sublime selves through art will be able to quench the yearning for beauty in their souls. Patrons will vicariously feel the artist's lust for life - for joy is the secret ingredient of a masterpiece that manifests when an artist has met her muse and patron.

Now for the rational ones, may I offer the arguments of author James Goodwin in "The International Art Markets" - "Self-support obviously provides the greatest aesthetic freedom for artists, and with sufficient independent resources they can create their own distribution system. The growth of the art market liberates the artist not only from the patron but also from the tyranny of mainstream taste." And may I add - from the tyranny of middlemen too - at whose mercy lies the fragile ego of many a budding artist. Your backing an artist can be the ripple that builds a new movement in art. Freeing enough talented artists from their material concerns will make great art widely accessible and affordable to anyone with a few hundred pounds in his wallet and a love of art in his heart...

The inspiration for this project

Art is my tribute to all the geniuses who inspire me, each genius a masterpiece on the great canvas of life!  

Muses & Inspiration
Muses & Inspiration

Who am I? 

I have been painting passionately for over an year, since discovering this secret talent which unexpectedly surfaced on the death of the legendary painter M.F.Husain on 9th June 2011. I have lived in London since 2004, and was born in a small quaint south Indian town Kadiri. I am an engineer by qualification with an unusual fondness for mathematics and music. Life surprised me yet again by revealing this ethereal side to me completely by accident. The high I get from painting is incomparable to everything material I have achieved in my life. Painting is the most spiritual, liberating and joyful experience I have had and I want to share this joy with art-lovers. Feel the love at http://niddoo.com/arifakhan"

Artist at work...
Artist at work...

Why back this project?

Ask not what an artist will create for you (wait for March!), but ask what you can do for the artist now?

This project is on kickstarter because I love the beauty of crowdfunding and what it stands for - the power of community and how we can transform lives, one idea at a time. A successful fundraising would mean continuing in this immersive mood of creating, finding people who love my art, and bringing my vision to life, without having to disengage from the creative process to make a living. I am now in the zone and wish to continue uninterrupted to let my creativity flourish. Wow, could I ask for more? Thank you Kickstarter for this gift of largesse and thank you patrons for your love!

Art is an act of compulsion, outside of the artist's control, because something stirs in him which is irrepressible and wants to express itself. True - It is rare enough that such inspiration should strike the artist, but strike it does, at odd hours, odd years and often at odds with reality! And when it does, the artist is often compelled to sacrifice the creative urge - in deference to the more mundane concerns of having to pay bills. Art is also an act of courage - he still has to spend years wedded to his craft before his artistic career becomes self-sustaining. And when the artist finally acquires the "mainstream" status, having spent years building his brand, wooing galleries or acquiring patrons, about 70-80% of the value of art goes to middlemen - galleries, dealers - a slightly different version of financial speculators! How about patrons coming together, to empower the artist and give him the creative and financial freedom.

This is about giving wings to artists, dreamers of this world (to fly away to their dream destinations). Ok just kidding. This is about investing in our artists, about opening up dignified livelihood options for artists, about creating our cultural prosperity, and encouraging our young in their creative pursuits.    

Sample Output 1: The Pinnacle of Pulchritude

The Pinnacle of Pulchritude - poem to accompany the above painting in the book to be published.

" A dash of supple rose in my cheeks?

Or a whiff of jasmine in my smile

Pride of peacock on my lips

Or the intriguing melody in my gaze

What is it that becomes me?

The comeliness of my garden in spring

Flowers & pots of nectar full to the brim

Rainbows & roses tucked in every hem

A surprise in store at every stem?

Fairies on wing in gay abandon

Violets & dandelions strewn about my neck

Hanging about my robe , the strings of pearls?

Or every adornment by & by calling for a peck

What becomes my comeliness?

Nay , none of the features nor the scent

Neither the comely sight of my garment, nor what lies beneath

Not the pretty inhabitants of my garden, nor accessories of light

It's what I feel for you

That makes me the pinnacle of pulchritude!

Heaviness of desire accentuating my every curve

& Tenderness of love setting my whole being aglow

It's when desire becomes you

That I become...

The Pinnacle of Pulchritude!"

Sample Output 2: Princess & the tales of a warrior

In making - Princess & the tales of a Warrior
In making - Princess & the tales of a Warrior

Sample Portrait 3 -  M.S.Subbulakshmi

M.S.Subbulakshmi - the world-renowned late carnatic singer from south India
M.S.Subbulakshmi - the world-renowned late carnatic singer from south India

My vision as an artist

My heart dreams of one day unravelling boundless imagination, of travelling to the edge of creativity, discovering my signature style and offering art-lovers across the world a resplendent view of life as seen through my eyes. 

The essence of art is to awaken a sense of resonance and wonder in the viewer. My vision is to bring the enjoyment of art, which has so far been confined to the precincts of museums and exhibitions for the common man who cannot afford the masterpieces, to his living room. This is possible, if we empower artists.  

My first step towards this vision is to do a March show in London. By choosing to be an active participant in this project, you will be honouring an artist's ardent dream!

Thank you for being with me and indulging me with your attention!  

Pleased to have you as my patrons!
Pleased to have you as my patrons!

Watch the video The Poetry of Being Woman. Like our facebook fan page. Enjoy my art. Read my poetry. Look out for iPad App! Thank you for backing this project.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

An artist's job is to channel the inspiration into creative output. When there is no inspiration, an artist cannot be compelled to create. This constant flow of inspiration is a challenge. I am currently in the zone and believe I can leverage this mood to be prolific and maximise my creative output. However, the choice of subjects I paint cannot be dictated, even by me. On several instances, I have started out wanting to create something but altered the course and ended up creating something entirely different. Sometimes, half way through the creation process I lose interest in a particular painting and move on to another painting and cannot summon the will to go back and finish the earlier painting for long. These are challenges inherent to an artistic temperament. However, I have shown tremendous self-discipline and consistent organised effort in creating the prolific collection so far, which gives me the confidence that with your patronage I will be able to completely focus on painting and create the show.

Carrying out painting and also taking care of delivery of rewards can be another challenge. But, I possess highly developed organisation skills which I have demonstrated in putting together the first fashion show as a student at University of Pennsylvania, USA and also have on my side, tested and trusted printers, logistics providers (and the glorious London winter to distraction-proof my life) which give me the confidence of managing the rewards delivery process smoothly.

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    A pocket calendar with images of paintings from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection signed by Arifa and shipped to you in December. + Featured in "The Poetry of Being Woman" iPad app and video as a sponsor with access to monthly video footage during the months of show creation and a big heartfelt thank you

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    Feature a short clip of you in The Poetry of Being Woman video (You will have to shoot a 1min - 10 min footage of yourself speaking about what art means to you and how you relate to The Poetry of Being Woman and send us the clip. The video of the backers clips will be edited by an ace creative designer and promoted on social media. Clip featuring you in the final video may be less than a minute. If you don't like the idea of shooting your video clip, we can have your picture and a quote!) + You will receive an exclusive T-shirt designed by Arifa + Featured in "The Poetry of Being Woman" iPad app and a big heartfelt thank you

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    One exclusive printed ladies silk scarf 79cm by 79cm with design of Arifa's painting printed on the scarf, posted to your address in December + Featured in "The Poetry of Being Woman" iPad app and video as a sponsor with access to monthly video footage during the months of show creation and a big heartfelt thank you

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    An invite to the backers only show opening in London in March + One exclusive printed ladies silk scarf 79cm by 79cm with design of Arifa's painting printed on the scarf + One (15" by 10") high quality print of a painting from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection shipped to you in December.Featured in "The Poetry of Being Woman" iPad app and video as a sponsor with access to monthly video footage during the months of show creation and a big heartfelt thank you

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    Two invites to the backers only show opening in London in March + A pair of exclusive printed ladies silk scarves 79cm by 79cm with designs of Arifa's painting printed on the scarf + two high quality prints (30" by 20") or (30" by 30") of paintings from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection + Featured in "The Poetry of Being Woman" iPad app and video as a sponsor with access to monthly video footage during the months of show creation and a big heartfelt thank you

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    Two invites to the backers only show opening in London in March + Three exclusive printed ladies silk scarves 79cm by 79cm with three distinct designs of Arifa printed on the scarf + 3 high quality prints (30" by 20") or (30" by 30") of any 3 paintings of your choice from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection + A video (in DVD format) of the behind the scenes development of the creation of the show + Featured in "The Poetry of Being Woman" iPad app and video as a sponsor with access to monthly video footage during the months of show creation and a big heartfelt thank you

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    A glamorous ladies dress custom designed by Arifa exclusively for you or the woman of your dreams or the woman in your life in exquisite fabrics hand-picked by Arifa (casual or evening wear). You will be required to send pictures of the woman for whom the dress is intended and her measurements. + All the rewards of GBP350

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    A custom female portrait (16" by 12") of you or the love of your life painted and signed by Arifa OR a portrait of one of the characters from the collection. The custom portrait of your woman will be exhibited at the backers only exclusive opening to be held in London in March + An exclusive collection of five 79cm by 79cm silk scarves with designs of five different paintings printed on them from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection + five high quality prints (30" by 20") or (30" by 30") of any 5 paintings of your choice from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection + All the rewards of GBP350.

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    Option A : A custom portrait (20" by 16") of the woman in your life painted in oils on canvas and signed by Arifa OR an oil portrait of one of the characters from the collection. Option B: An exquisite capsule collection of five female garments designed exclusively for the woman in your life, created from exquisite fabrics sourced from London and hand made by Arifa's trusted dress makers, delivered to your woman in poetic packaging.) For Option A you will have to supply several pictures of the woman subject. The custom portrait of the woman will be exhibited at the backers only exclusive opening to be held in London in March + An exclusive collection of five distinct 79cm by 79cm silk scarves with designs of 5 different paintings printed on them from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection + five high quality prints (30" by 20") or (30" by 30") of any 5 paintings of your choice from "The Poetry of Being Woman" collection + A video (in DVD format) of the behind the scenes development of the creation of the show + An invite to your family for the backers only show opening in London in March + Featured as Executive Producer of "The Poetry of Being Woman" iPad app, video and promotional materials.

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    You will be Arifa's Patron and Producer of The Poetry of Being Woman acknowledged in the book as well as the show. You will receive one original painting (30" by 20" oil on canvas) from "The Poetry of Woman" March 2013 collection. You can choose from the set of images of qualifying paintings to select from. First Come First served. Your chosen painting will be delivered to your address post the exhibition. You will be recognised as Arifa's patron/ sponsor in all the promotional materials of "The Poetry of Being Woman" and the website. You will receive advanced notifications of Arifa's creations and every exhibition she does for the rest of 2013. You will be the Chief Guest for Arifa's exhibition in March 2013 and recognised as Producer in her iPad app, video and the show unless you wish to remain anonymous. An invitation to your family and guests for the backers only show in London. A signed copy of the book when it is published.

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