LONDON (Reuters) – Nasser Azam could hardly have timed his move from finance to art any better.
In 2007, he was working for Merrill Lynch and painting in his spare time, returning to the passion of his youth as a diversion from an acrimonious divorce.
Seeing economic storm clouds on the horizon, the 45-year-old decided to quit business and became a full-time artist.
He went where few artists had gone before in 2008 with an experiment to paint in weightless conditions aboard a Russian parabolic aircraft, and his show opens in London this week.
"For various personal reasons I restarted my art in 2006," the Pakistan-born painter and sculptor told Reuters.
"I like to see the break (from painting) that I had of 23 years as one where I stopped painting but was still an artist.