2020 Spring Exhibition > Omer Mufti

The work I create goes hand in hand with my process of self-discovery. My interests lean in the realm of comic illustration. I take a great deal of influence from the comic icons of the modern era such as Jim Lee and Gary Frank. The dynamic posing, the varied inking, and the intense compositions are all aspects I strive towards in my own work. My own twist upon this formula is the subtle emphasis on realism. Growing up near the historic Olana site, the Hudson River School has definitely impacted the way I go about my art. Personally, everything in a piece should have some level of purpose. The space around the character tells as much of a story as does the character themself. Though this concept, my work has begun to become more abstract, but not in the same vein as comics. My current focus is on the subject of nationalism and the horrifying results of it. These figures in these works have no distinct facial features. The reason behind this is that multiple people suffer through these actions under the same flag so it draws back to the real world. These experiences must reflect their unique subject matter and, in doing so, gives a greater depth of human emotion through the works. It is through these pieces that I hope to bring these ideas to a comic style going forward.

Fog Of War
Oil
42" x 36"
2019
Cut Off
Oil
42" x 36"
2019
No Traces
Oil
42" x 36"
2019