In his artworks, Davlat Toshev focuses on the topics of thoughts, knowledge, and wisdom. For centuries, the purity of the mind and the desire for the discovery and the expansion of knowledge had deep meaning and tradition in Islam. While certain types of knowledge are open to everyone, some are so precious that they need to be passed from generation to generation, from teacher to student.
Narrated by Ibn `Abbas: “I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, “There is no envy except in two: a person who God has given wealth and he spends it in the right way, and a person whom Allah has given wisdom (ie religious knowledge) and he gives His decisions accordingly and teaches it to the others.”
Source: Sahih Al-Bukhari 1409
Keys of Paradise
Narrated by Abu Huraira: I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Who will be the luckiest person, who will gain your intercession on the Day of Resurrection?” Allah’s Apostle said, “O Abu Huraira! I have thought that none will ask me about it before you as I know your longing for the (learning of) Hadiths. The luckiest person who will have my intercession on the Day of Resurrection will be the one who said sincerely from the bottom of his heart “None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.””
Source: Sahih Al-Bukhari 99
Shams (the Sun)
Narrated by Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “If Allah wants to do good to somebody, He afflicts him with trials.”
Source: Sahih Al-Bukhari 5645
Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), said, “Teach and make things easy and not difficult. When one of you is angry, he should be silent.”
Source: Bukhari, Al Adab Al Mufrad 245
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A man felt very thirsty while he was on the way, there he came across a well. He went down the well, quenched his thirst and came out. Meanwhile he saw a dog panting and licking mud because of excessive thirst. He said to himself, “This dog is suffering from thirst as I did.” So, he went down the well again and filled his shoe with water and watered it. Allah thanked him for that deed and forgave him. The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Is there a reward for us in serving the animals?” He replied: “Yes, there is a reward for serving any animate (living being).”
Source: Sahih Al-Bukhari 2466
Davlat Toshev is an artist based in Bukhara specialising in miniatures. When creating his unique patterns, he draws inspiration from traditional miniature paintings. For his art, Davlat uses ancient and newly handmade papers. Thus far, he has exhibited the Uzbek art of miniatures in France, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Russia, Italy, and Ukraine, while also taking part in international festivals and running solo exhibitions. Alongside painting, calligraphy and miniatures, Davlat is also an internationally recognised master restorer of the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan (ancient books, manuscripts).
Master apprentice school in Bukhara