Teller of Tales
Pooja Pillai, Sunday Express Magazine
March 17, 2019
Back in 2005, when he was a student at the Government College of Fine Arts in Thrissur, Kerala, Abul Hisham would, every day after class, make his way to the heart of the city — the circular road, Swaraj Round, circling around the hillock known as the Thekkinkadu Maidan. On it stood the imposing Vadakkunnathan Temple. This is the place from where the city radiates outwards, and this is where — whether you’re a tourist or an artist or simply someone with lots of time on your hands — you go to observe how the ordinary citizens of Thrissur live their lives.
ARTFORUM, Abul Hisham “Recitation”
The mostly pastel-on-paper paintings in Abul Hisham's "Recitation" are full of narratives presented in medias res. On a small, scrubby island in Recitation 3 (all works cited, 2018), a snake coils around a tombstone. Its head disappears into the accordion-pleated murkiness that stands in for both sea and sky; its tail tapers to an elegant figure eight.