As an architect by profession, Tejbir has been working with leading consultancies in Bahrain since 1998. Even as a child, he was always fond of doodling, sketching, drawing and painting. His teachers in school introduced him to oils at a very early age and have always encouraged him to paint. His introduction to watercolours started when he joined architecture college. However, apart from these mediums, he continues to dabble with pastels, charcoal and ink.
While nature has always been a major source of inspiration, in general my surroundings and environment are what really inspires me; for example a subject sitting inside an apartment, or a tyre print in the sand, or a footprint. The architect in me is also drawn towards the inherent and somewhat mysterious beauty of buildings, be it historical monuments of India or the more modern and contemporary buildings of Bahrain. During the last couple of years, as a result of certain architectural projects in Muharraq, I have been drawn even more towards the heritage of this island, and have tried to capture them in a series of pen and ink drawings (a medium I use extensively in architectural presentations), with touches of colour (watercolours, pastels). These works titled: The Streets of Muharraq, feature the hustle and bustle of the narrow street scenes with focus on the heritage buildings and mosques, which are an integral part of the local community. Some of my work also features night scenes, with the somewhat mysterious play of light and shadow, and scenes featuring the fascinating co-existence and juxtaposition of the traditional with the modern, the old and the new, indicating the passage of time within the same view. In general, much of my work has a lot of detail.
The current body of work I am working on is titled: Urban Landscapes - landscapes that surrounds a city dweller's life which comprises primarily of tall modern buildings, roads, highways, traffic signals and the car, and one of my works from this series titled, Rest at Piccadilly was selected as one of the 10 finalists for the ARTBOX annual exhibition at Stricoff Gallery, New York.
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