Neelum Aftab’s portraiture depicts close bonds and relations in South Asian societies she has emphasised closely knit bonds through close or sometimes overlapping composition, which runs in a series of heads or figures. Coming from a South Asian background to Britain, she painted her thought process where figures have taken colours from their culture, but have now become static or adapted to a different way of life. The repetitive composition emphasises similarity and connectivity between each figure, symbolising the reminiscence of the same culture and beliefs. All figures are involved in some celebration/happening which is shown by cultural elements, mainly in the background. The importance of culture is further heightened by repetitive forms and symbols which intermix with the figures in the foreground which indicates that they are in their homeland.
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