Shaukat Chaney’s interest in art came from his lifelong professional interest in colour and form. Shaukat Chaney was a Prosthodontist (a field of dentistry specializing in reconstructive dentistry). This included maxillo-facial prosthodontics requiring a knowledge of painting and sculpture.
Gradually his interest shifted to a full time career in abstract forms in painting and sculpture. The curvilinear forms follow in the footsteps of linear abstract artists such as Piet Modrian, Josef Albers, Barnet Newman and Jack Bush.
The process is, at first, improvisational. The shapes come directly from his mind with no outside influence. These shapes create a dialogue between freedoms and limits. The paintings seemingly have random boundaries giving the colour fields a sense of organic movement, straining against the hard edges, creating tension and sustaining focus.
The paint is applied with intense precision and constant refinement of technique. All work is done freehand. There is a deliberate and irreverent use of colours, far from the harmony of the colour wheel. These combinations of brilliant colours and movement evoke a joyous emotional response. His medium of choice is acrylic which aids him in creating the hard edges.
The precision of line which characterizes this series of paintings was developed while honing his skills as a stone sculptor. At first he made representational pieces that expressed, among other things, the spiritual and cultural multiplicity of his Indian heritage, and then gradually moved towards abstract work. These paintings are a progression in his practice as an artist.
The shapes are sculptural and, as in viewing a sculpture, the lines of the paintings allow the eye to travel effortlessly throughout the painting.
Shaukat participated in a juried show ‘Selections 2015’ organized by the Ottawa Arts Council at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. His painting “Tabla Player” won the People’s Choice Award. He also participated in an online abstract art competition held by Light Space Time online art gallery (2017). Here his painting “The Veiled Lady” won a Special Achievement award. There were 887 artists from 36 countries that participated in this competition.
Shaukat showed his paintings in September 2016 at a solo show at the Enriched Bread Artists Studio in Ottawa, Canada. The show was partially in aid of St. Joe’s Women’s Centre in Ottawa. It was very well attended over a three day period and generated excellent sales and commissions. Twenty-six colourful paintings of various sizes were exhibited, the largest being 159cms x 159cms. The general emotional response of viewers, at the show, was of joy.