I was always inclined towards art but I never had the nazakat that is needed to wield a paint brush. The hammer and grinder are a better fit for me. (Photo: DC)
It is quite common for a young boy to fall in love with machines. But what is not so common is translating that love into beautiful art. Although Md Saaduddin is today an artist, he does not work on canvases, but with scrap iron, steel and sometimes copper to make beautiful sculptures and functional art pieces like lamps and furniture, some set in the backdrop of interesting storylines.
With Saad’s father being a vintage car restorer, he, along with his brother Hamzauddin, grew up around machines, albeit with a unique perspective. On how he took up the hobby, the mechanical engineer and self-made artist says, "I was always inclined towards art but I never had the nazakat that is needed to wield a paint brush. The hammer and grinder are a better fit for me. I love it also because of the physical work that is involved in creating it." Saaduddin spends time on his artwork in the evenings, after work, and has made furniture for a couple of breweries in the city.
Explaining his style of work, he shares, "I try to incorporate a sense of movement. A bird just about to take flight, for instance! I’ve learnt the art by watching other people online and practicing. I used to help my dad in his workshop, and that’s how I got introduced to it. Just once a year, my brother and I collect all our savings and build a modified bike. We ride it around to our heart’s content and then sell it."
He further reveals, "I’m also getting into blacksmithery now; I usually make the handles of spatulas and ladels with this. People appreciated my work and said I should get on Instagram. That’s how I started IRONic"
His brother, Md Hamzauddin is another bundle of talent, whose digital art is recognised around the world. He goes by the name ‘Hamerred’. Hamzauddin’s works have been showcased in countries like the US, Mexico and many others. In fact, he was also one of the only 13 artists from around the world to display their art at the Oil and Ink Expo, a motorcycle art show. Hamza’s signature style features paint dripping from motorbikes.